House cats can live long and happy lives when their owners provide them with the basics: food, water, litter box, scratch post, and plenty of love. Here are 10 tips to keep your house cat healthy and happy.
1. Feed your kitten a high-quality diet.
Kittens need plenty of protein for growth and development. Look for a kitten food that is specifically designed for young cats. Feeding your cat the same food every day can cause stomach upset in some cats, so mix it up with different flavors.
Cats that have a proper diet are less likely to become overweight or obese, which can lead to health problems.
2. Provide fresh water daily.
Kittens should always have access to fresh, clean drinking water. Please ensure that the water is not too cold or too warm as this may be dangerous for your kitten. You can place a small bowl of water in the fridge overnight so it’s refreshingly cool in the morning!
It is important to note that cats do not sweat as humans do and they cannot tell when they are becoming dehydrated so ensure your cat has access to water throughout the day!
3. Use proper litter box management practices.
There are many types of litter available on the market today however it’s important to choose one that will keep your kitten happy and healthy. Remember kittens are much smaller than full-grown cats and the box needs to be small enough for your kitten.
Please don’t stick your hands inside the litter box and then touch your kitten or face as this may put them off using it. You should scoop the feces out each day and replace all of the litter at least once a week however if you notice a strong smell in the box, clean it immediately! Your cat will not want to use such an unpleasant place so please bear that in mind when cleaning.
4. Create a safe environment for playtime outside its cage/kennel.
Cats love to hide, pounce on things, and use their natural instincts to hunt throughout their lives. Providing a safe environment where can do this within your home will make them happy and help to keep them healthy.
Be sure to have a variety of toys available for your kitten – at least one that can be batted around (a toy mouse is perfect), one that can be climbed on (a scratching post is ideal), and one that can be chased (a laser pointer is great). When you’re not around, put your kitten back in its cage/kennel so it has a place to rest and feel safe.
5. Brush your cat’s coat regularly.
This helps remove any loose hair and also spreads natural oils throughout the coat which keeps it healthy and shiny. As kittens start to shed their baby coats, regular brushing will help remove the dead hair before it ends up all over your valuable furniture and carpets.
Long-haired cats also benefit from this activity as they too can get tangled fur underneath their coats and become uncomfortable.
6. Provide some form of mental stimulation (e.g. scratching posts, specific toys).
Kittens love to play and use their natural instincts so it’s important to engage them in these activities on a daily basis. Providing some form of mental stimulation not only helps keep your kitten healthy but also provides good bonding time with you! Be sure to rotate the toys that you provide for your cat so they don’t get bored of the same old thing every day.
7. Clawing is normal behavior for all cats so always provide them with appropriate scratching materials/posts.
Cats have a natural need to scratch and this is an important part of their development. Help your kitten develop healthy claws by providing proper materials they can sharpen them on. Cats love various types of scratching posts but if they want to claw at something else in the house, let them do so as long as it is not your furniture or other items which you hold dear!
8. Have regular veterinary check-ups.
A very important factor in ensuring that your kitten stays healthy and lives a long life is regular veterinary visits. There are many diseases that cats can contract over time – some even fatal – however most if not all of these can be prevented with proactive veterinary care!
As kittens aren’t born with the necessary antibodies they need to fight off disease, it’s important to ensure that your kitten is vaccinated both against common and serious diseases as soon as possible. As cats age, they will require even more care and attention so be sure to book them in for regular check-ups throughout their lifespan.
9. Keep up with all preventive medications (e.g. dewormer) as prescribed by your veterinarian.
As kittens start to explore the world around them, they’ll encounter various creatures both big and small which can carry various parasitic infections that could seriously injure or kill them if not treated immediately!
Talk to your local veterinarian about what type of preventative medications you should treat your cat with – most pets visiting a vet clinic are given a general dewormer as part of their “wellness exams”.
10. Keep your cat indoors at all times.
Unless you plan to desex your cat and train it as an outdoor-only pet, always keep your kitten inside as this is the only way to guarantee that it will stay safe from harm (e.g. getting run over by a car or attacked by another animal).
Also remember that if you see any stray/feral cats near the area where you live (or work), they may be carrying diseases and infections and should not be approached! Even if they look friendly, play it safe and leave them alone – contact local authorities who can deal with these types of situations instead.
11. Groom your cat regularly.
As well as keeping your cat’s coat healthy and clean, regular grooming also stimulates blood circulation which helps keep your cat feeling warm and comfortable.
Regular brushing will help remove any loose hair, as well as help, manage their coat so that older cats don’t get matted fur.
Grooming your cat isn’t just about making them pretty – it’s an important part of owning a pet.
12. Lastly, enjoy your time with your new feline family member!
Kittens are wonderful additions to any family and with a bit of effort and some TLC, they can provide you and your loved ones with hours of companionship and love. Be sure to enjoy every minute spent with them – after all, they will be growing up before you know it!
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