10 Quick Tips About Kittens
A little background on myself.
Everyone loves cute little kittens. My household consists of my husband (35), two daughters (11,4), a middle child son (9) and myself (34). Five people in this home was just not enough. We brought in three female kittens as well. They are all sisters and about seven weeks old. Watching them go from shy and non interactive to rambunctious and playful has been an awesome experience.
My husband named one of them Annie, because she looks like a cat he use to have when he was younger with the same name. My oldest daughter named one Emily. No rhyme or reason, just because she likes the name. The third remains unnamed until my son returns home from his vacation with his Grandparents.
As a matter of fact, my son doesn't know that we have the kittens yet. It's going to be a wonderful surprise when he gets here. I'm looking forward to seeing the look on his face.
- Make sure you keep the food bowl full. Kittens eat periodically throughout the day with no set time or limit. They need their energy for playing with you!
- Make sure to keep the liter box cleaned out. Whether they are kittens or full grown cats, they will not use a liter box that is full. They will use whatever surface suits them best.
- When you first get them home let them get use to their surroundings a little bit at a time. We started with just our closet with all our scents in it for them to get use to. (Upstairs) Then, the ventured into the bathroom and to the bedroom and to the hall and ended up with the kids' room. (Downstairs) We let them have full reign of the downstairs once they were adjusted to us, not a particular room. That way they knew that we would be there for them if they mewed and needed help or got lost.
- Keep electrical cords hidden from them. They will try to play with them, because they dangle or move. They will more than likely try to bite them as well. You don't want them to get electrocuted.
- Purchase the food specifically for kittens. Kittens need a different kind of diet. Once they are older you can change to regular cat food.
The Do Not's
- Don't just have one liter box for a multi-kitten home. That is, of course, unless you want to be emptying it all day to make sure they don't go on the floor.
- You don't have to go out and purchase toys right away. My kittens love to play with string, popsicle sticks and shoe laces. Basically anything that can dangle. They also love to play with us. They play with our hands and feet mostly right now.
- Don't leave them unattended around young children. I have a three year old and I'm teaching her how to properly hold a kitten and pet without being rough.
- Don't crowd them all the time. Let them play with each other. It's actually pretty funny to watch. Just remember that they are not hurting each other unless they start hissing and mewing.
- When you leave, don't leave them in a huge area. For comfort, I put mine in the master bathroom/master closet. That way they have plenty of room to play and also places to hide or snuggle and nap. I put the liter box and food/water dishes in there as well. Easy clean up on the bathroom floor if they spill.