Caring for Your Kitten FAQs
Adding a new feline friend to your household is exciting for the whole family. However, cat ownership is a big responsibility that comes with numerous duties.
If you’ve never owned a cat before or you’re just new to having a kitten, you might have a few concerns. Here are a few frequently asked questions about caring for your kitten from All About Cats Veterinary Hospital in Las Vegas.
What’s the Easiest Way to Ensure My Kitten Uses the Litterbox?
Litterbox usage is a pretty common concern of new pet parents. Most kittens learn the process from their mothers, but if this hasn’t occurred, you can make learning to use the litterbox easier. Always make sure the litter box is readily available in a space your kitten has easy access to, preferably in a quiet and safe place, and is cleaned daily. Place him in the box after meals and playtime. This will help your kitten to know where to go to when to eliminate and help build the habit. Remember, accidents will happen, so never scowl or hit your kitten.
How Can I Get My Kitten to Be Friendlier?
If your kitten is hiding or generally anti-social, there are a few things you can do to help improve the situation. Make sure to give your feline plenty of petting and love as often as possible. Also, instead of forcing a hug from your kitten, encourage a playtime session. Let your kitten acknowledge your positive intentions by spending time with him.
When Does My Kitten Need to See a Veterinarian?
In most cases, you want to introduce your kitten to the cat veterinarian within a week of bringing him home. First vaccinations are typically administered at around eight weeks of age, with boosters until sixteen weeks of age. If there’s a major issue, such as your pet is acting lethargic or doesn’t seem to be eating or drinking, you’ll want to contact our cat hospital as soon as possible for further guidance.
Why is My Kitten Constantly Scratching on Things?
In general, kittens are pretty playful. Help keep your pet from forming a habit of scratching on the furniture by offering plenty of alternatives, including a scratching post, toys, and other appropriate methods. Offer plenty of praise and treats when they are used.
Ask Our Cat Vets for More Kitten Care Advice
Of course, these are just a few of the most common kitten care questions. Most others are easily answered by speaking to our trusted veterinarians.
Do you have more questions regarding your kitten’s care that you want to be addressed by a cat vet? Please contact our team at All About Cats Veterinary Hospital in Las Vegas at 702-257-3222 to schedule an appointment today.