Getting a new kitten is an exciting time for everybody in the family however it can be overwhelming for you and your new kitten as well. Here is some information to help you make the transition easier for everybody as well as help guide you in making educated decisions about your pet’s health care.
What to Expect the First Few Days
Your kitten may be tired or stressed from the changes occuring. They are likely away from their mother and litter mates for the first time. As exciting as it may be to bring kitten home for the first time, keep in mind that it can be overwhelming for such a tiny creature to go through these changes. Although everybody may want to ‘hello’ to the new kitten right away, it is important to wait a few days before letting any children in the household play with the kitten. Designate a quite space for your kitten to stay without a lot of traffic so that they can get used to their new environment. Introductions with other pets in the household should wait for another day.
If your kitten is going to be switching to a new brand of food, you will want to make the changes gradually as not to upset their delicate stomach. You can do this over the period of 10 days.
If you notice any signs of gastric upset such as vomiting or diarrhea then call your veterinarian for advice. In some cases this can indicate that there is something else going on with your kitten.
We recommend Healthy Advantage for Kittens by Hills for your growing kitten. It is a prescription diet and can only be purchased in clinic. It is formulated especially for your growing kitten. Your kitten should be on this food until 8-12 months of age or until they reach their adult size. Always look at your cat’s body condition to tell if their diet is adequate, not their weight. Ask your veterinarian for help if are unsure.
This is a controversial procedure that should be done at the same time as spaying or neutering. Declawing is technically an amputation. In order to ensure the nail will not grow back the entire first phalange, or ‘knuckle’ is removed along with the nail bed.
We only recommend declawing when all other options have been exhausted.
Some alternatives include nail trimming, scratching posts, as well as nail caps.
Nail caps are little nail covers that are blunt and can be glued over your cat’s natural nail to prevent them from ruining furniture. They need to be changed monthly and checked regularly to ensure the nail or toe is not being injured or growing through.
If you are considering declawing your cat please speak with your veterinarian about what options are available to you and we can help you make an educated decision.
We recommend keeping your cat indoors to ensure that they will not come into harms way. There are many infectious diseases that can be transmitted through interaction with other cats and the only way to eliminate the possibility of them contracting these diseases is to limit their exposure to other cats. This does not mean that they will be bored indoors however, there are many ways to add excitement and mental stimulation to your cat’s environment. Consider these points: