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Congratulations on your decision to share your life with a new kitten! Whether the kitten is your first or an addition to your current pet family, it will bring to you a lot of excitement and joy. Nevertheless welcoming a new kitten is a serious commitment and you want to get off to a good start in order to ensure it gets a happy, safe, long and healthy life in your house. Regardless of where the kitten is coming from (shelter, breeder or street), it is you who can make the kitten’s transition into a new home easier.
How to start?
You want to ensure that you have all the necessary resources your new companion will need before you bring your kitten home. A list of such resources may include the following.
What and how should I feed my kitten?
When you get a new kitten, it’s advisable to provide it the same food it was eating in its previous home. Any change to another brand should be gradual to reduce the risk of causing a tummy upset. You should also provide it with a bowl of clean fresh tap water and remember to change the water every day.
Kittens and mature cats have different nutritional needs. So, you should feed your kitten food that is specially made for kittens. Kitten needs food that is intended for growth. Many premium brands of food made for kittens are widely available on the market.
Although it is more convenient for most owners to fill a bowl with dry food that is available to the kitten throughout the day, it is better to establish a consistent feeding schedule for your kitten. A consistent feeding schedule helps to control the kitten’s diet and reduces the risk of obesity as your kitten grows up.
What other issues should I consider when I get a new kitten?
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