When it comes to raising kittens, you can think of it as being similar to raising babies. As long as you provide the proper care and training when they are young, it will increase the chances that they will grow up to be both; healthy and well adjusted adults. Therefore, if you find that you recently adopted a kitten, you will want to begin incorporating the tips that we discuss in this article as soon and as frequently as you can.
Do Not Treat A Kitten Like An Adult
The first thing that you have to do is treat your kitten as a kitten. Just as a baby has a lot of different needs than an adult, your kitten has different needs than an adult cat. Be sure to be aware of the different stages of development of a kitten before. Below we will discuss some of the different stages you can expect.
Different Stages Of Kitten Development For Proper Kitten Care:
Under 8 Weeks – At this particular stage, the kitten should still be with the mother and other litter mates. Because the kittens are still too young to even regulate their own body temperatures at this stage, it is important that they are with their mothers to keep them sufficiently warm.
8 to 11 Weeks Of Age – Kittens tend to be sufficiently weaned by 8 weeks and they should have started eating kibble by this time. Also, your kitten will likely begin to start developing their motor skills at this point in time. Meaning, they will start jumping, running, playing, and exploring. Therefore, it is important to begin setting boundaries at this stage in your kittens life. This will keep them sufficiently safe and out of danger. Always supervise your kitten at this stage when he/she is playing.
2 to 4 Months Of Age – This is a phase where kittens experience rapid growth. In fact, they will even have around 3 times more energy than an adult cat. Therefore, they will generally need around 3 to 4 individual meals throughout the day at this stage in their lives. The meals should consist of a lot of protein to keep the kittens full of energy.
4 to 6 Months Of Age – Kittens at this point are reaching adolescent and sexual maturity. At this stage, you should talk to your veterinarian about having your kitten neutered or spayed before your cat reaches this stage.
Reward Good Behavior
When you are training your kitten, it is important to always reward good behavior. The habits that your kitten learns when young will stick with them for their entire lives. Below we will talk about some of the behaviors that you should teach and reward. Also we will talk about some of the things you should introduce to your kitten in order to effectively get them used to different stimuli.
- Using litter box by placing her in the actual box after meals and/or play sessions
- Pet your kitten a lot
- Get your kitten used to grooming and grooming tools
- Introduce your kitten to toys
- Play loud sounds and loud music to get your kitten familiar with it
Use these kitten care tips to get you and your new cat off to a good start. The great thing about cats is that they are easy to teach and once they get past the kitten stage, they are usually very well-behaved animals and you don’t have to spend a whole lot of time trying to train them.