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259 Church Street, Richmond, VIC 3121

Bringing home a new kitten?

Congratulations!  You’ve decided to add a gorgeous new kitten to your family.  Cats make wonderful,  loving pets but there are a few things to keep in mind when bringing a new kitten home.

Kittens and cats need to be provided with a complete and appropriate diet.  Do some research and pick out a high quality brand of food to feed your kitten – just make sure it’s formulated especially for kittens who are growing quickly!  There are lots of options available on the market and it’s easy to feel confused or overwhelmed by the choice (the same goes for parasite treatment options).  If you find you have any questions about your kitten’s new diet, you are always more than welcome to pop by our clinic and ask one of our friendly nurses or vets during a consultation.  Cats and kittens should also have a source of clean, fresh water at all times.

Another thing to consider is which litter to provide your new friend.  There are many types of litter ranging from paper to crystals to clay.  For kittens and new cats it is often easiest to use whichever type of litter they are currently used to and slowly transitioning them to a new, preferred type of litter.  This can be done by providing two litter trays each filled with a different litter type side by side.   The general rule for how many litter trays to provide your cat with is ‘one per cat plus one’ – so one cat should ideally have two litter trays.

Kittens have a lot of energy!  They love to play so it’s wise to have a few toys on hand to burn off some of their crazy energy.  There are lots of toys available on the market and it’s a lot of fun to work out what your kitten’s favourite way to play is.  It’s also wise to have a scratching option for your kitten to help prevent any unwanted scratching – some cats love cardboard while others prefer carpet scratching poles.

Your new kitten is going to want to curl up for a nap after all that playing.  Be sure to provide a soft, warm and dry place for them to rest.  Some cats prefer to nap in high places, others prefer to stay low and some can’t resist your warm lap.

As for vet visits, your kitten will need a course of three vaccinations starting at 6-8 weeks of age to ensure their immunity.  After that, they will need annual vaccinations and veterinary consultations as required.  It is also important to ensure your cat is regularly treated for parasites including fleas and intestinal worms to ensure they stay in optimal health and condition.

We’re sure you’re going to love having your new kitten at home.  If you’re unsure of anything at any stage, you have only to call our clinic on 9428 2220 to ask any of your kitten questions.  We’re here to ensure you and your kitten have a long, healthy and loving relationship.