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16-18 Purdue St, Belconnen, ACT
(Parking off Gillott Street)
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Kittens

Your new kitten deserves the best!
Time and energy spent on health care and training now will be repaid a thousand times over in the next 20 years.

Welcoming a new kitten into your family is exciting but demanding. Try and free up a couple of days to be at home with your kitten to help her or him adjust to the new surroundings.

Usually kittens leave their mother and littermates after weaning at 8 to 10 weeks of age. You’ll need a carrier to bring your new kitten home. We recommend top opening carriers with easy to click-up catches. A carrier helps a little kitten feel more secure. Don’t use another pet’s carrier because the stranger’s scent could be stressful to your kitten. Line the carrier with newspaper and a towel for warmth and to absorb any urine. Cover the carrier with an extra towel.

Your kitten's space


Before you bring your kitten home, prepare a small room or space that will be his or her own for the first few days or weeks. A smaller area to explore will help your kitten get comfortable with his or her new home. To help your kitten feel secure make sure there are plenty of hiding places. If there isn’t furniture to hide beneath place cardboard boxes on their sides or provide towers, igloos or tunnels.
Bring your kitten home in a good carrier. Put the carrier in the room you’ve prepared. Open the carrier door and let your kitten come out when he or she is ready. After your kitten comes out leave the carrier in the corner as another hiding place. Your kitten may hide at first, but will explore when no one is watching, becoming more comfortable with his or her new home. Your kitten will want plenty of attention from you— you are his or her new mother and littermate!
Cats don’t like to eat next to their litterbox so place the litterbox on one side of the room and separate food and water dishes on the other. Make sure that your kitten can get in and out of the litterbox without help. Every day, scoop out the litterbox and provide fresh food and water.
Providing a warm, comfortable bed is essential. Purchase a pet bed or line a box with something soft. A teeshirt that you’ve worn will help your kitten get used to your scent.

The first veterinary visit


Schedule your kitten’s first veterinary visit as soon as possible, preferably before you take him or her home. Check our blog for hints on making car rides and vet visits less stressful. We will give him or her a full physical examination, test and treat for parasites, and check the vaccination history and microchip. We’ll also discuss the most appropriate diet, toys, training, age to desex, bedding and litter habits for your particular kitten. We want the best and strongest start to your life together.
After your kitten has been to your veterinarian, becomes comfortable in his or her room, and develops a regular routine of eating, drinking, and using the litterbox, let him or her venture into the rest of your house.

Diet


Kittens require two to three times as many calories and nutrients as adult cats. It is essential that they have a high quality kitten dry and wet diet. We recommend the Hill’s VetEssentials Kitten diet. Introduce other flavours and textures in small quantities so that your kitten is not fussy later in life. Strips of different meats and small bones like chicken necks prevent dental disease.
Avoid cow’s milk because it gives most kittens and cats diarrhea.

Socialisation


Cats learn how to socialise with each other from their mother and littermates and ideally should remain with them until 10 weeks of age. Regular gentle human contact in the first 12 weeks ensures positive human interaction and bonds kittens to their carers. Kittens bred in homes where they interact with people all the time make the best companions.
Introduce your kitten to other pets with care and under supervision.

Enjoy your new kitten, and call us if you have any questions.

A calm, quiet haven for cats and their carers staffed by experienced, cat loving vets and nurses.

Canberra Cat Vet 16-18 Purdue St Belconnen ACT 2617 (parking off Gillott Street) Phone: (02) 6251-1444

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