I want to talk about a few tips for those of you with kittens or those of you who are thinking of rescuing/adopting a kitten; Here are some tips to help you on the journey.
- Vet Visit-First and foremost your new kitten should have a visit with the vet for a check up. You’ll need to ask about vaccines, dental care, the proper nutrition and you should also get the kitty checked for parasites, fleas and ear mites…some of these little fellas are found in pretty sad conditions. The vet will fill you in on everything you need to know as well as a proper inoculation schedule. Oh yeah, and any vet that even entertains the idea of de-clawing means you need to get the hell out of there and find yourself a new clinic immediately.
- Spay/Neuter ASAP– Again, consult with your vet on this one to find out what the proper age is to have the procedure. It’s generally safe after 8 weeks but check into it just to be sure and then GET IT DONE! Shelters are FULL of cats…help control the pet population.
- Socialize-When you bring your kitten home be sure to give it lots of attention but also give it a safe place. Make sure the room is kitten proof and safe for play. Ensure that your kitten has fresh water and that it won’t be able to get into anything harmful.If you have other animals, do introductions slowly…give them both time to adjust to eachother and don’t force it. They’ll be friends when they’re ready and even if they don’t become friends, they’ll eventually tolerate eachother.
Please don’t neglect adopting senior cats, they are so special and loving! They need homes too and just because they’re older doesn’t mean that they should be forgotten. And never buy cats or kittens from a pet store, or breeder, please adopt or rescue them-our shelters are full of these sweet creatures and they desperately need forever homes.