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What you need for your new kitten

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Once you have made the decision to buy a kitten, there are a few things that you will need in to have in place to ease your kitten into its new home.

Bringing the kitten home

When you initially bring a kitten home, it can be quite stressful for the kitten, as usually it will be the first time away from its mother and family. Your kitten will need time to adjust to its new home, it is recommended that you make sure that all the doors and windows are closed and that there is a guard in front of the fireplace. You will need to make the kitten aware of where its bed, litter tray, food and water bowls are. A kittens bed needs to be warm, dry, comfortable and draught free. It is always advisable to take your kitten to the vet to be checked over.

Feeding

When bring your kitten home it is important to feed it the same food that it is been used to. The reason for this is because a change of diet along with with adjusting to a new home can cause stomach upsets and diarrhoea. If you want to change your kittens diet, you should do so gradually by mixing the new food with the kitten's usual food. Kittens have small stomachs and have to be fed little and often.

Kittens aged between 8-12 weeks will need four meals a day, 3-6 months three meals, and kittens over 6 months old, two meals. You may also want to feedyour kitten some dry food. The food you feed your kitten will depend on your lifestyle and what your kitten likes.

It is best to provide fresh drinking water, which should be changed several times per day, it is not advised to give your kitten cow's milk as it can cause diarrhoea.

Using Litter Trays

Most kittens will have learnt to use a little tray from their mothers. You will have to show your new kitten where the litter tray e.g. placing it on the tray on waking up from a sleep, just after meals, or when the kitten is sniffing, scratching or beginning to crouch and looks as if it is about to go.

Make sure that the litter tray is not next to food and water bowls as the kitten may be reluctant to use the litter tray if it is too close to its food. The litter tray must be kept clean and emptied regularly.

Going Outside

You should not let your kitten outside until at least one week after it has finished its first course of vaccinations at about 13 - 14 weeks old. Once your kitten is fully vaccinated and has become used to life in your house, you can start to let your kitten go outside. Choose a nice day at a quiet time of day and accompany your kitten outside, allowing your kitten to explore. You should continue to accompany your kitten until it is used to your garden and can find its way back to the house without difficulty. It is best not to leave your kitten outside alone until it is 6 months old.