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Supplies

  • Litter box - keep in mind your kitten will grow so get a large one.
  • Litter box scooper
  • Litter box liners - only needed if you do not want to have to wash out the litter pan every week
  • Litter - do NOT use clumping litter for kittens as it can be dangerous. If your kitten is not using the litter box but going elsewhere, it 'may' be the litter so try another brand
  • Food - only feed high quality 'kitten' food
  • Food dishes - always get separate water and food bowls which are Not attached to each other
  • Scratching posts - at least two, placed in the rooms that the cat frequents most
  • Cat brush - medium & long hair cats need to be groomed regularly
  • Cat carrier
  • Nail clippers - use caution when using nail clippers and never cut below the cuticle line in the nail
  • Toys - no toys with objects inside which the kitten could swallow or string
  • Get an 'easy to read' first aid, emergency book such as The First Aid Companion for Cats and Dogs or Pet First Aid

Feeding

Dry food: Have dry kitten food available at all times, and of course, plenty of fresh water. Introduce the kitten to any new foods gradually to avoid upsetting its stomach. New foods should be mixed with he food the kitten is currently eating, gradually adding more of the new food and less of the old until the kitten is eating the new food exclusively. Use high quality name brand 'kitten' food such as Purina One Kitten or Science Diet Kitten. Whether or not to feed dry or moist kitten food is debatable and there are differing opinions on this subject.

Wet food: If you decide to feed moist food, it is very important to not leave uneaten moist food for more than a few hours. Throw away moist food that is starting to dry up. Some kittens do not mind food served cold which has been in the refrigerator. You may want to slightly 'warm' up refrigerated food before feeding it to the kitten. If you heat food in the microwave, only do so for only 7 or 8 seconds and be sure to stir the food thoroughly (to avoid hot spots) before offering it to the kitten.

Treats: It is probably best not to give treats. If you do give treats, never exceed 10% of the diet. If you make a regular habit of giving a treat after you finish eating, the kitten will learn to look forward to it and won't bother you, your family, or your guests while you eat, but will wait patiently.

Milk - Contrary to popular belief, cow's milk is not good for cats. Most can't digest it properly and consequently get diarrhea. Do NOT give cow's milk to kittens or cats!

Dishes - Aluminum or glass/glazed porcelain/china dishes are best if you are feeding moist food. Plastic dishes can harbor germs in the surface which can cause a condition known as feline acne. Feline acne is small pimples on the chin, which cause swelling and discomfort and can be very difficult to clear up. If this problem arises, consult your vet for the best method of treatment. Plastic dishes should be fine if you are feeding only dry food.