New Kitten Care
Kittens are great pets but be prepared
Bringing home a new kitten is exciting for everyone except the kitten. Keep in mind the kitten’s entire world has changed, which could leave the kitten feeling scared. Frightened felines have a tendency to bite and scratch. Your new kitten will probably spend most of the day hiding. Leave the kitten alone as much as possible, but still talk to the kitten to get it used to your presence.
The New Kitten's Room
If you already have pets or small children, the safest thing you can do for your new kitten is to keep the kitten confined to one room for the first few days. Place a litter box inside of the room because the kitten may be too scared to leave the room. Place a bowl of water and another bowl of dry food in the room as far away from the litter box as possible. You wouldn’t want to eat dinner right next to the toilet, would you?
Adult cats or dogs might be jealous of the new kitten. Keeping the kitten in a separate room helps the other pets get used to the scent of a new family member but also keeps the kitten safe from claws and jaws. Large birds like macaws can also become jealous of a kitten and attack it, so never leave the two alone without supervision.
First Vet Visit
You need to get your new kitten to a veterinarian within a week. By going to the vet so young, kittens grow up to be cats familiar with the check-up routine. The vet may want a stool sample from your kitten to check for parasites. Before you go to the vet, ask if a stool sample is needed.
Hopefully, the kitten will already have its first shots when it was six weeks old, but unless the previous owner or breeder can provide a certificate or the kitten’s medical records, assume the kitten has not had any shots. Kittens need immunizations against feline distemper or panleukopenia, rabies, feline calcivirus and feline viral rhinotracheitis. You also need the vet to check for any severe health problems.