Kittens are amazing. They are clever, quick and bags of fun.
But it’s not always plain sailing.
From finding a healthy kitten, to raising a friendly, well mannered cat. There are plenty of potential bumps along the road.
Fortunately, we’ve got lots of information to help you along your way.
Choosing a Kitten
Finding the right cat for you and your family is important.
Because not every breed, rescue cat or kitten will have the same personality.
Let alone basic level of health, or potential lifespan.
And you might have other issues, like your own allergies, to consider.
Cats also range vastly in price.
From relatively cheap rescue cats to expensive pedigree kittens.
And the cost of the cat doesn’t reflect how great a pet they are going to be.
Preparing for your Kitten
Bringing a new pet into your home is much easier if you already have everything you need for them.
During those first few days with a kitten, it is important to help them to relax.
Start by just giving them access to a single room.
Make it easy for them to find the litter box, and give them somewhere to hide where they can feel safe and secure.
Make introductions gradually, don’t overwhelm them with numerous new faces straight away.
And make sure they get good amounts of both company and down time.
Some kittens will explore straight away, and be keen to say hello to everyone else in the family.
Others will hide, and even hiss or spit if you approach them.
Almost all kittens will bite, and play so hard that at times you wonder whether they want you around at all!
But with careful handling, and reading of their body language, your furry friend soon settle down.
Feeding Your Kitten
Getting the right diet for your baby cat sets them off on the right paw for life.
And the food they need will differ a little depending upon their breed and even coat type.
Watch Your Kitten Grow
Early kitten development is a magical process.
Watching that spindly furball turn into an elegant adult cat over the space of a few months.
Kitten Health Decisions
Some of the earliest decisions you will have to make for your kitten are those to do with veterinary care.
Declawing is a popular choice in some regions, but in reality it can have devastating consequences.
Neutering can feel like a rather harsh reality for your tiny kitten, but without it life with your furry partner can become very tough.
Kittens are adorable, but they are also a huge responsibility.
To get the most out of your time with your baby cat, it pays to be well prepared and have a great plan for their care.
The Happy Cat Handbook will help you along your journey to cat parenthood, and beyond!