New Kitten

 

Starting out - Kitten Care

Bringing home an adorable new kitten is one of life's pleasures and​ we have a great guide to help you make it stress free and smooth.

 

How do I prepare my home for my kitten?

Before your kitten arrives you need to kitten proof your home!  Just like any toddler there are certain things you need to put out of reach and make safe.

 

Kitten check list

You'll find a handy shopping list below of everything you need to consider buying for your new kitten, and of course, all of it is available at Petstop!

Settling in your kitten

What Sort Of Kitten Bed?

Your kitten will want a warm, quiet cosy corner to settle into.  It's a big change for her when she leaves her Mum and she will want to feel safe and secure.  

Your kitten's bed should be nice and comfortable and in a secluded, draught free spot.  Kittens love warmth and there are heat pads, radiator beds and igloo beds to choose from should she feel cold.  Don't be tempted to buy a bed that is too roomy for you kitten as they prefer to sleep curled up in snug areas.  A washable bed is best for cleanliness.

View our Cat Products section for our wide range of kitten beds and heat pads

What Sort Of Food And Water Bowls?

Food and water bowls should be kitten sized!  If her bowls are too big she could find difficulty in using them without getting messy – and cats hate mess!

Visit our Cat Products section for suitable kitten accessories

What Sort Of Kitten Collars and Cat Flaps?

Once your kitten is over 6 months old she can wear a collar.  Make sure her collar fits properly – you should be able to get one or two fingers under the collar.  Collars can be used to carry a key to a magnetic or infra-red cat flap which will only allow her to pass, blocking other cat intruders.  Be aware that collars can be dangerous as they can easily get hooked on a tree branch and in some cases trap the kitten's front leg if she attempts to get it off.  'Snap open' collars will reduce the likelihood of your kitten becoming entangled should a problem occur. You may also want to put an ID tag on her collar.  Better still why not have your kitten micro-chipped? 

Visit our Cat Products section for suitable and safe kitten collarsand cat flaps

Grooming your kitten

Accustom your kitten to being groomed, especially if she is long haired – it's good for her coat but it's also a special time you can spend together building trust and bonding.

To learn more about grooming your kitten visit our Cat Grooming Advice.

View our grooming accessories in our Products section.

Kitten Toys

Don't forget to buy some toys for your kitten!  A scratch post is ideal for encouraging your kitten to exercise and not to claw your furniture and cat climbing trees are useful if your kitten likes to climb the curtains.  Make sure you choose safe toys that are made expressly for kittens as homemade toys can be dangerous – kittens can choke on bits of string or wool.

Visit our Cat Playtime Advice for some good tips on playing with your kitten.

View our Cat Products section for our range of safe kitten toys.

 

Your kitten's health

Healthy kittens are happy kittens so once your kitten is settled in at home you should register with a vet to have a kitten health check.

View our Cat Health and Vaccinations Advice to learn more about fleas and worming

Visit our Cat Products section for flea and worm treatments

 

Feeding your kitten

Choose a quiet place in the house to feed your kitten where she can eat undisturbed.  If you don't have a floor surface that can easily be cleaned there are feeding mats available so that you can protect your carpets.

Kittens need kitten food so you shouldn't feed them adult cat foods as they will get tummy upsets.  Your kitten should always have clean fresh water available in a bowl and you can also treat her to kitten milk (do not give your kitten cow's milk as it can cause diarrhea). Kittens have little stomachs so feed them little and often.  How much you feed depends on their age, size, breed and general health.  We have a rough guide in the table below:

 

Age of Kitten

Amount of Food

Kitten: Weaning – 2 months

4 – 6 meals a day

Kitten: 2 – 3 months

4 meals a day

Kitten: 4 – 6 months

3 meals a day

Kitten: Over 6 months

2 meals a day

 

Certain manufacturers make kitten foods for specific breeds.

View our Cat Feeding Advice to learn more

 

Toilet training your kitten

Most kittens are toilet trained by the time you bring them home as they learn to use a litter tray by copying their mother.

View our Cat Training Advice to learn more

Visit our Cat Products section for our selection of cat litter and hygiene products

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