Last Updated on March 4, 2022 by Pets Feed
You have a kitten! The long-awaited little lump that will give you its love, tenderness, affection, will make your home cozy and joyful.
Cats are one of the most popular pets. Someone brings home a kitten every day. The popularity of cats is due to many factors: they do not need to be walked, they are funny, they can be easily purchased, and when they begin to purr under the covers, no one’s heart will remain indifferent. With proper care, cats can live 15-20 years. This is not to say that caring for a kitten is very difficult, but still you need to know and prepare something for the arrival of a little friend. In addition, it depends on you how the kitten will behave in your house.
Usually, a mother cat is involved in raising a baby with a breeder. Therefore, kittens from catteries are sold fully accustomed to the tray and scratching post. But this does not guarantee exemplary behavior in your home. When a kitten lives in a family with brothers, the mother cat watches and educates them. She can carry him to the tray, break up a fight, even punish naughty children. Usually, one of the kittens is dominant, he incites others to play, he is the first everywhere. Other kittens may obey the stronger one. But when they move to new owners, where there are no brothers or mothers, they often go all out. For example, having just got into a new house, a kitten can walk past the tray, hang on the curtain and chew on the wires. On the one hand, such kittens seem to have “seized” to freedom, on the other – after constant games with brothers and sisters, he may be simply bored! After all, a kitten needs to play a lot! If you take a kitten from the street, then you will have to educate him practically from scratch.
What are the flaws of upbringing and how can they be corrected?
The kitten goes to the toilet in the wrong place
Often a kitten can make a puddle right in your bed, where he relaxes in the warmth and takes the bed for a nest, in which the mother cat will clean it up if anything. It passes quickly. It is better not to take the baby to bed during the first nights or make sure that the litter box is nearby. The kitten can also walk past the litter box or into secluded places. Try to follow him. When you first brought him home, show him where his toilet is. It is advisable to bring some used filler from his previous home and use this particular filler for the first time. As soon as the kitten starts to get nervous, look for a place and dig, carry it to the tray and rustle there a little – show that you can dig and bury. He may not go right away. Keep following and try again.
And if the kitten regularly went to the tray, and then stopped, there may be several reasons: I do not like the tray itself, the place, the filler. Try to change what is possible. If the kitten is sick, have an ultrasound scan and urine test. He is still too small, he can play too much and forget to run to the toilet. Place multiple trays in different locations. A kitten begins to mark territory if it is more than 6 months old. It may be worth emasculating him if it is not the manufacturer.
The kitten decided that curtains are a fun and active game
But you disagree. Although breeders usually accept that it is possible to lose the curtains with droppings, nevertheless, it is imperative to wean from this habit. As soon as you spot the little imp running towards the curtain and, with the frantic strength of young Tarzan, climbing up, take the following action: spray with a spray from a spray bottle or a water pistol. This will scare the kitten, but it won’t hurt. You can hiss at this moment – the way cats do it.
Kitten gnaws wires
It is advisable to remove all wires in special boxes, wrap with electrical tape. Put away headphones, phone chargers in closets. If it is difficult to remove the wires, then grease them with anti-gnaw, lemon, vinegar. And also scare away the kitten at the moment of dirty tricks. It may be worth buying him safe toys to chew on.
The kitten sharpens its claws in the wrong place
When he sharpens mines on furniture, he does not want to spoil it at all or do a manicure for himself, it’s just another way to leave a mark, it’s an instinct that is impossible to get rid of completely. We do not consider the removal of claws – this is killing. It is necessary to accustom the kitten to the scratching post. There should be several in different places, especially there. where the kid loves to “kiss”. Do not forget to change them in time when they wear out. If you see that it is sharpening its claws on the furniture, take it and take it to the right place. Complexes for playing and climbing are also a good solution. The kitten immediately plays and sharpens its claws. Do not forget to trim your nails every two weeks (white tip) with special nail clippers. It is necessary to accustom the kitten to this process as early as possible.
The kitten eats everything, spoils things, puts things in order
There are “cleaning kittens” who like to put things in order. You will have to clean up magazines, books, linen to protect them from damage. If the kitten loves to suck on woolen things, perhaps it was taken away too early by the mother, or this is an excuse to show how much you are dear to him if he does it right on you. Well, if he eats inedible things, especially whitewash or plants, perhaps this is a lack of vitamins, and it is worth reconsidering the diet.
The kitten bites and scratches
These wild habits must be weaned at an early age. Never play with your hands. It seems very funny when this little creature tries to fight back with a mighty hand. But with age it becomes a habit, and a grown-up kitten can grasp quite painfully. Especially at a time when you are not inclined to play. Or even bite your guests and children. Therefore, remember – hands are only for affection! And toys, flies are intended for games. If the kitten clings to you, mistaking you for prey, gently tear it off and take it aside to the toys. If the attacks are repeated, hiss at him, lightly beat with your fingers. In extreme cases, you can click the braid or even bite. Don’t put off raising a kitten for later!
Cats are fond of building their own toilet. How amazing they manage to keep themselves clean. But, nevertheless, from time to time they need help. A show kitten must be washed before each show, not once every 1-2 months. Cats are washed with special pet shampoos. You also need to get used to washing as early as possible! Just pour about 40 degrees of water into a basin and lower the kitten there, so that the head does not sink. And make sure that no water gets into your ears. Lather with shampoo and rinse under the tap, also keeping an eye on your ears.
For show animals, there are special shampoos and the procedure for their use. Usually, breed breeders are best at explaining which products are ideal for your little one. Kittens must be combed out: long-haired breeds every day, and short-haired – 1-2 times a week. It is ideal to use a special comb, rubber brush or furminator that brushes out the undercoat very well.
It is necessary to keep the eyes clean and wipe the discharge. There are special lotions and drops for this. It is better to do this with sterile gauze, sometimes cats are allergic to cotton wool. And to clean the ears, dark discharge that sometimes appears in small quantities. It is better to do this with soft twisted cotton wool.
And of course it’s worth deciding on the kitten’s diet. It is up to you whether it will be ready-made food or natural food. It is undesirable to feed food from our table. If it is a natural food, then it is important to choose the right diet. There must be meat bones, for example, chicken necks, fillets, cartilage. Some vegetables, grains, or oatmeal. Quail eggs, dairy products. If these are ready-made feeds, then only super-premium class. You can combine dry and wet food. In addition, more and more breeders are feeding mixed, natural food in the morning and evening, and dry food during the day. Keep your cat’s litter box and habitat clean. Wash the tray in a timely manner and change the litter.
Sometimes our pets get sick. This is always inappropriate and very sad. To prevent possible diseases, it is important to provide timely assistance and prevention. For prevention purposes, feed the animal in a balanced way. Give vitamins. Symptomatic homeopathy. And of course, get vaccinated. Usually, the first vaccinations are given at the age of 2.5 months – against major feline infections. And revaccination in 2 weeks – from the same infections plus rabies. Vaccinations must be repeated once a year. Before vaccination, it is imperative to rid the animal of worms. To do this, you must use only drugs that are safe for the kitten. They are in the form of tablets, suspensions, drops on the withers. It is necessary to carry out antihelminthic treatment every 3-5 months. Also, if the kitten is outdoors, treat fleas first. You can use shampoos or sprays, only those that indicate that this product is suitable for small kittens. Such drugs cannot be cheap, usually more than 300 rubles, cheap drugs for fleas and worms can be life-threatening for a kitten!
And yet, the street kitten must be taken to the veterinary clinic for examination! At the slightest signs of unhealthy pet, it is also necessary to urgently show the doctor.
The very first signs are depression, shortness of breath, fever, the animal refuses food, water, hides. He has severe vomiting and diarrhea. If the kitten sneezes, coughs and has purulent discharge from the eyes, you should also show it to the doctor and be tested for infections. If the animal is not used as a producer, it must be neutered. This will save your pet from hormonal disruptions leading to illness, and you from deafening screams and marks in the apartment.
Monitor the condition of your teeth. For signs of tartar, brush your teeth with special toothpastes, buy food that cleans your teeth, or ask your veterinarian for cleaning.
It is very important to have at home everything you need to provide emergency care: syringes, bandages, papaverine in ampoules, a homeopathic first aid kit, immunostimulants.
When you take a kitten into the house, do not forget that you also take responsibility and, possibly, new problems. Your decision must be 100% informed and firm. After all, we are responsible for those we have tamed. Love your kitten – and it will be your most faithful friend for life.