While bringing home a new kitten or cat is exciting, it's very stressful for the animal. Change is traumatic for cats, so you don't want to bring your kitten home when your house is crowded and noisy, or show it off to your friends and family as soon as it arrives. Follow these steps when welcoming a new cat or & Read more �
Not sure what you'll need to prepare for the arrival of your new little friend? To properly care for your new kitten or adult cat, you'll need to have some basic items ready for when kitty comes to stay.
Recommended items for your kitten or cat's health and safety:
Collar is needed for attaching your pet's identification tag. Make sure & Read more �
If your cat displays aggression toward another cat, it's usually due to territorial issues. Unless two cats are litter mates or "siblings" from the time they're very young kittens, it will take them some time to adjust to one another. Review our Gentle Welcome article for the strategy to gradually introduce a new cat into the home.
Just like new parents must 'baby-proof' their homes, you must 'kitten-proof' yours before your new kitten arrives. Kittens have a lot of energy and they're very curious, so you need to make your home as safe as possible.
Collect all small and breakable objects like nick-knacks and put them in a room that's off-limits to your kitten. Keep the door & Read more �
Welcoming a new kitten or cat into your home is difficult if you have other Pets. To avoid a nasty confrontation between your Pets and your kitten, follow these steps.
Prepare a room for the kitten in a quiet area of your house. Put the kitten's food and water in the room, as well as its scratching post and litter & Read more �
A newborn kitten grows so fast it sometimes seems as if it's getting bigger right in front of your eyes! Like babies, the growth and development of kittens is somewhat predictable, meaning all kittens look and act a certain way at a certain age.
Specialty cat foods are formulated to meet the nutrient needs of your cat by having higher-quality protein sources, no artificial dyes and added antioxidants and vitamins. Ingredients include more real meat, natural additives (natural preservatives like vitamins C and E) and rich carbohydrate sources like rice (one of the most digestible grains).
All cats need to scratch to detach the outer shell on their nails so the new growth is exposed. If your cat doesn't scratch, the outer layer of its nails will continue to grow into its footpad, which is very painful. Cats also scratch to mark their territories and stretch their muscles and tendons. But, as some Pet Parents may & Read more �
Just like people, cats and kittens need a balanced diet to stay healthy. First, find out what brand of food your new friend was eating before you got her, and continue to feed the same brand. If you need to switch brands, do so gradually by mixing a bit of the new food with the old food and increasing the & Read more �