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Bringing Your Kitten Home

Are you adopting a kitten? Good for you! We love watching adorable kittens grow into happy, healthy adult cats. Little Fluffy’s first days are a very crucial time, and the start of a long and beautiful friendship between you and your pet. In this article, a Cedar Park, TX veterinarian discusses bringing your new furbaby home.

Kittenproofing

It’s no secret that kittens are extremely curious. Your tiny furball is going to want to explore every nook and cranny in her new domain. Before you bring little Fluffy home, you’ll want to do some kittenproofing to keep the little one safe. Small items, such as buttons, pins, and craft kit pieces; household and automotive chemicals; medication; plastic bags and rings; and cords and wires are all very dangerous for kittens. You’ll also want to be sure to remove any toxic plants. Check the ASPCA website here to find out what’s safe for your little one.

Settling In

When you get your new furbaby home, set her up in a quiet room with food, toys, a litterbox, and bedding. Give her a bit of time to settle in and adjust before letting her explore the rest of the house.

Veterinary Care

A few trips to the vet will likely be needed. Your kitten will need her initial shots and exams, parasite prevention, microchipping, and spay/neuter surgery. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.

Entertainment

Offer little Fluffy plenty of fun toys to keep her entertained, and take time to play with her every day. Playing is a great way to strengthen the bond between you and your pet, and will also help her gain confidence. Just be sure to put string or wand toys after you’re finished playing, so your furbaby can’t get tangled up in them.

Love

Now for the fun stuff: make sure your little furball feels safe and loved. Pet her, talk to her, and brush her gently. Don’t force attention on your cat: let her come to you when she wants attention. If your tiny friend wants to cuddle up on you for a nap, let her. It will strengthen the bond between you, and set the stage for a beautiful friendship.

Does your new kitten need shots or an examination? Please contact us, your local Cedar Park, TX animal clinic, anytime. We are here to serve all your pet’s veterinary care needs.

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