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Kitten Care Tips

Are you adopting a kitten? Congratulations! We love seeing baby cats go to loving homes! Little Fluffy is absolutely adorable, but she can also be a bit of a handful. Here, a Murrieta, CA vet offers some advice on caring for your baby furball.

Food

Your adorable pet has a lot of growing to do. Start her out on the right paw in life by giving her a high-quality kitten formula. Follow your vet’s advice.

Litter

Once your cat is fully grown, it won’t matter much what litter you use. However, for now, you’ll want to avoid clay and clumping litters. Baby cats are rather clumsy, and sometimes accidentally ingest litter. If you get a brand that clumps, little Fluffy could end up with an intestinal blockage, which is extremely dangerous.

Toys

Your tiny ball of cute is going to be very interested in figuring out how all those claws and teeth work. Offer your kitten plenty of toys to practice on. Put wand toys away after use, so she doesn’t get tangled up in them.

Kittenproofing

If there’s one thing kittens are good at—aside from being adorable—it’s getting into mischief. Remove or secure anything you don’t want little Fluffy playing with. This includes plastic bags and wrappers; medicines; chemicals; wires and cords; toxic plants; and anything small or sharp. It’s also a good idea to block off spaces behind and beneath furniture and cabinets.

Veterinary Care

Your furry friend will need to visit us a few times in that crucial first year. Little Fluffy will need to be spayed or neutered, and given her initial exams, vaccinations, and parasite control. Microchipping should also be on the agenda. Follow your vet’s recommended appointment schedule.

Watching Fluffy

It’s not too hard to keep track of adult cats. However, kittens can fit into some tiny spaces. They are also extremely curious. This is a dangerous combination! Keep a close eye on little Fluffy! Always check sofas and cushions before sitting down, and keep appliances closed when not in use. Rocking chairs and armchairs are also danger zones.

Purrs

Now for the fun part! Pay lots of attention to your kitten, and make her feel loved and safe. This will help your tiny furball grow into a polite, friendly adult cat.

Please reach out to us, your Murrieta, CA vet clinic, anytime. We are always happy to help!

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