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Tips on getting a new kitten, from a Dublin Veterinary Clinic:

kitten1-e1385486527318-150x150Bringing your kitten home:

A new addition to the family is a very exciting and rewarding time for everyone. You should prepare your home for the new kitten in advance so that it makes it easier for him or her to settle in to the new home. The new kitten may be nervous as this is completely new to them so expect that it may take some time for them to settle in to their new home. A few tips to help the transition include:

  • Have a space in the house that is just for the kitten. He/she may be quite nervous when first entering the new house so will need somewhere to hide. Give the kitten time to get used to their own surroundings and in time they will come out to play. It is a good idea to keep the kitten confined to this area until he/she is more confident and then let the kitten explore the rest of its surroundings. Leaving the cat box that the kitten came home in in the room for a day or two is a good idea as it provides a good hiding place for the kitten is he/she is nervous. Make sure the room provides a comfortable sleeping place
  • Have lots of toys available as kittens are very playful. A scratching post in a good idea as kittens love to scratch and also it will stop them going for the furniture.
  • Make sure the kitten has its own food and water bowl and litter tray. Cats prefer shallow bowls so it is an idea to get bowls specially designed for cats. Also make sure the litter tray is cleaned out after every use as some cats won’t use it twice and will go elsewhere in the house.
  • Most importantly provide lots of time affection to the new addition and enjoy your time with you new pet but don’t force it if the kitten is nervous at first. It may take some time for him/her to adjust.

 

The First Year:

In the first year of your kittens’ life there are a few things which you will encounter. Out staff in Anicare will be happy to help with any questions or problems you may have.

  • Vaccinating your kitten is very important as it provides protection against many diseases. A kitten’s first vaccination will be from 9 weeks of age and its second vaccination will be three weeks after this. Following this your kitten will need a yearly booster to stay fully protected. Our team in any of our Dublin Veterinary Hospitals will be happy to advise
  • Micro chipping can be done at any age and this is very important especially if your cat is going to be going outdoors.
  • Worming is very important for the kitten. Up to 12 weeks of age the kitten should be wormed every two weeks, from then it will be monthly till six months and from six months at least every three months. A spot on called Advocate can be given monthly which will combine flea and roundworm treatment.
  • Neutering can take place from six months of age and is important to stop unwanted kittens as well as providing health benefits to the cat.

Our team at Anicare are always available to provide advice and listen to any queries that you may have. We also have nurse clinics which provide free kitten checks so don’t hesitate to call us and make an appointment.

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