Kittens are their own species of animals. Even amongst kittens, there are so many variations. And taking care of one may take up to 20 years of life due to their naturally softer nature. The first six to eight weeks of life are sometimes the most crucial. Because that is the period where they are taught what is necessary for their socialization.
Often times, these furry babies are not raised from the place they were born. They are usually acquired by their owners when they have already reached about eight weeks of age. This means that their period of socialization is over. It also means that it is of the utmost importance to make sure that the kitten you are choosing is one whose mannerisms are well suited to your household. And the area where you live. This saves you years and years of undoing something that is as permanent as a grown-up person’s character.
If you want a baby cat and your house is a big happy family home, it is expedient that you opt for a cat that was sociable and playful with his litter mates. A shy, quieter kitten might be less suited for a busy household. If you need to get a pair, siblings are the better way to go, as opposed to two unrelated kittens.
All cats love a safe environment where they can be themselves regardless of their temperament. Create a cat-friendly home that makes them feel welcome and appreciated. You might want to add one or two scratch posts to your interior décor, and a juicy number of litters to choose from. Cats also like areas with great potential for play. Consider getting multiple shelves where they can jump onto or from to help them to satisfy their need for jumping onto and off platforms.
When it comes to food, commercial kitten food is the best, and it is what encourages them to grow. They also need access to good drinking water. Follow the instructions that come with the food when deciding when and how often to feed your kitty.
Take the little animal to the vet immediately you suspect something may be wrong since their health can deteriorate very fast. Between eight to nine weeks of age, you might want to consider vaccinating it to prevent them from getting so many illnesses. This generally improves the lifespan of the furry animal.
Once the baby cat is of age, you should consider neutering it to increase the quality of life of your little animal and to prevent an increase in the unwanted cat population. Kitten proofing your home and putting away any opened boxes can help keep your pet in plain sight. Remember to close all cupboards and places with holes to keep them squeezing into danger.
The most important thing, after all is said and done, is to love the animal and create a safe home for it.