Introducing kitten to your home: A huge new home can be overwhelming to a tiny kitten. Its best to start the kitten off in one room of your house where you have his litter, food, water, scratching post and toys. Make sure he has a box or covered cat bed he can hide in if anxious. Its good for the room to be quiet and secluded. Please limit the number of visitors that come through for the first few days till he is settled in and comfortable.
A kitten will soon be teething and try to bite everything. Do not allow her to bite you as the teeth will grow long and sharp and what starts out as cute can be very painful! If kittens were with mom and litter, they would train the babes not to bite (mom will hit and hiss)- without a mom, the “no biting training” falls to you.
To prevent biting:
1. Never use your hands or fingers to play. Only use your hands to pet and cuddle. When playing, use a toy, a string etc.
2. When they bite your hands or feet, blow in the face and say sharply “No!” Then leave the kitten alone and ignore!
3. Try to give them at least 2 play sessions a day with interactive toys. Let them take energy out on a stuffed toy- not your hands.
Hygiene: (Saintail’s Waterless Bath, Eye Spray & Ear Gel)
Kitten hygiene: Brush once a day. Using a cloth, wipe discharge away from under the eyes and wipe with tissue inside the ears to remove ear dirt. I use a mild kitten antiseptic to clean the paws and bum. If baby is otherwise dirty, you can wipe with a damp warm cloth or kitten wipes. Please be very careful to keep inside the ears very dry. Avoid kitten getting cold. Unless necessary, do not bath until older. Do not wipe a kitten for at least 3 days after he has been deflead. Clip claws once every few weeks.
Human hygiene: As you may not know the medical history of the kitten, please follow appropriate hygene yourself. Please consult your own doctor on appropriate precautions for you and your family, including how to cleanse and treat bites from kitten teeth.
House Cleaning: A kitten’s lungs are especially weak- please avoid inhaling smell of household cleaners, cigarette smoke, incense, oil burners etc. Even with an adult cat, its best to avoid exposure to these scents.
Toilet: A kitten can have toilet accidents in a new home. After she eats or drinks please place her in the kitty litter. You may need to do a scraping motion to show her how to dig a hole to do poo. Make sure her litter is in an area of the room she feels safe and protected- not out in the open. If she poos or pees in the wrong place, please move the poo or pee into the litter and leave it there so she can see where it is supposed to go. Never punish the kitten- she won’t understand and will become fearful of doing her pee or poo if you do.
As a baby the kitten can not regulate his body temperature. Best to keep it in a room that is room temperature and not directly where a fan or air conditioning is blowing on her.
Kittens sleep best in a quiet warm room which is as dark as possible. Make sure they have a soft warm bed and easy access to water, dry food and kitty litter. Leave some toys in the room for them to play with if they wake up. As long as you know the kitten is safe and well fed, do not respond to him when he cries at night. If you do, you will train him to use crying to get your attention.
Kittens can jump to very high places. Please ensure all windows are kept closed or screened and that kitty can’t fall off the balcony.
Avoid leaving out cleaning fluids like bleach that kitty can get into.
Some houseplants are deadly to cats- esp lilies. Please check with your vet if you have houseplants. Keep toilets closed as baby kitten can fall in and drown.K
Kittens are susceptible to disease until after their third booster. The kitten should be vaccinated at about 6 weeks or when your vet feels the weight is appropriate. He will then be vaccinated again one month later and again one moth after that. If you are late with either the 2nd or 3rd shot you will need to start the vaccination all over again! Until the kitten is fully vaccinated, please avoid the kitten having contact with unvaccinated cats or kittens. Please wash your hands and change clothing after contact with stray cats as you can bring home germs to the kitten.
Kittens’ bones tend to be soft- discourage young kittens from jumping from places much higher than bed level.
A small kitten can climb under and get into the motor of fridges, stoves etc. Please be sure he does not have access to places where he can get in and stuck.
Kittens can swallow small items and will eat everything (like feathers on a cat toy). Please supervise play with such items.
Necessary supplies: cat food- wet and dry, scratching post (or kitten will use your couch!), cat bed, 3 bowls (water, dry food, wet food), claw clippers, toys, brush, secure cat carrier for vet apts.
Kitten Health: Please watch carefully for any health problems!
Constipation- add a bit of mashed pumpkin to food. Do not wait more than 1 day to see the vet. You know a kitten is constipated when it is digging many holes and can’t go poo or crying when attempting to poo. The rectum may also protrude slightly and / or there may be bloating in the stomach area.
Very soft or liquid poo- this is serious with kittens! Please get to vet same day.
Shaking head/ Scratching ears or skin a lot- may have picked up some fleas, ear mites or an ear infection- see vet.
Sneezing, coughing- could be allergy (esp to kitty litter) or sickness. Please call the vet.
Runny nose, red or runny eyes- see vet asap. Kitten is ill.
Not interested in eating – see vet asap – esp if a very small baby. If you lift up the scruff of a kitten’s neck and the fur does not go down immediately, the kitten is dehydrated. Get kitten to vet asap. He will need subcut fluids to be administered.
Not interested in playing / lethargic without explanation (ie. He’s not had a vigorous play session and is just over tired)- call vet
Panting after play- may be just be over tired/ hyperactive. If it persists check with the vet that nothing more serious.