How could you not love that adorable, playful little ball of fur? Your new kitten is important to you, and the veterinarians at Waipahu Waikele Pet Hospital in Waipahu, Hawaii want to ensure he or she grows up right. There are lots of crucial steps to follow to properly care for your kitten:
- Bring The Kitten in For an Exam: The first step in optimum pet health is testing the kitten for birth defects, parasites, and feline leukemia. If there's a problem, your pet doctor will determine the best way to go about treatment.
- Talk to us About Your Questions: You need to feed your kitten the right food, and the right amount, based upon his unique physiology and health. Ask our veterinarians what food they recommend, how often your young kitten should be fed (most likely 3 times/day), and what quantities he or she needs. Whatever food you choose, make sure it is labeled as nutritionally complete by the Association of Animal Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).
- Keep Your Kitten Well Supplied: Ensure he or she always has fresh water to drink from. Many people think milk is good for kittens, but it has actually been proven to upset the stomachs of young cats. Your kitten will also need a scratching post, toys, a warm bed, and a collar with ID tags.
- Socialize Your Kitten: Now that your kitten has been cleared of any parasites or diseases by your vet, you can introduce him or her to other animals to ensure that they get along. This will also help your kitten avoid fearfulness and anxiety among other pets or family members you may have.
There's even more important information to take into account when you add a new furry friend to your family. You'll need to train your cat to use the litterbox, implement rules in your household to establish good behavior, and more! Let the veterinarians and caring staff at Waipahu Waikele Pet Hospital keep you informed and care for your kitten as he grows into a strong, healthy cat! Call today at (808) 671-7387.