So, you decided to take the kitten home! Or maybe you brought it home when you saw a lone freezing lump on the street or in the entrance. What now to do, how to take care of the kitten so that he grew up healthy, full of energy, and could please you for many years? In the "previous article" the text in quotation marks should be made a link to the article: how to feed the kitten we already talked about the most important aspect of kitten care - nutrition, in this I will talk about how to teach the kitten to the tray how to properly care for the six and claws of a small kitten, as well as touch on some features of care for kittens of the most popular breeds.
How to teach a kitten to the tray
One of the first questions that arisesnew owners - how to teach a little kitten to go to the toilet. In fact, this process is much simpler than it may seem, nevertheless it requires, albeit not very long, but close attention.
It is important to note that if you are caring(if you do not say nursing) for a newborn kitten - one that still has to be fed from a pipette with warm milk, you will have to wait until the kitten reaches the age of three or four weeks, when he has eyes open, he can walk independently, will try to get out of it the house that you organized (do not take a small kitten to your bed, it's dangerous for a kitten and for your bed linen!), and only then begin to teach him to the tray.
As a rule, cats go to the toilet practicallyimmediately after eating, so just put the kitten in the tray immediately after eating. If he refuses to use it for the intended purpose immediately after a meal, it is worthwhile to take him there a couple of times in an hour. It is important to note that at this age the kitten does not yet understand exactly what is wanted from him, therefore, in no case should one swear at him if he goes past the tray - this can negatively affect his future health!
Care of the monthly kitten
Approximately from a month old, it is worth paying attention to care for the claws and hair of the kitten.
At this age, the kitten is already more or less freemoves around the house, so it is important from this moment to begin to accustom him to sharpen the claws in a special place. To do this, it is worth to buy a special scratch and put it next to the sleeping place of the kitten, so that it becomes one of the first items for him to stumble upon going out for a walk. If in the room where the kitten lives, a carpet is placed on the floor, it is better to get a vertical scratching machine so that your pet does not confuse the carpet with it, and does not give you many unpleasant minutes. Remember, you need to do this in the first months of the life of a kitten, since it is almost impossible to retrain an adult animal! In addition, some veterinarians recommend starting to accustom a kitten to shearing claws from a month old. This is very simple - in any veterinary pharmacy you can buy a special claw-nail (by no means use a conventional scissors), but I would recommend waiting until the kitten is at least three months old.
It is worth paying attention to the hair of the kitten. If the owners of smooth-haired animals are not worried about anything, then the owners of long-haired beasts must, from the age of one month, accustom the pet to regular combing with a special brush. If you do not do this, then the kitten's hair can fall apart when it grows, and cause him serious discomfort. In addition, regular combing allows you to remove excess wool, which is very important, because cats, regularly licking, can swallow wool, and then regurgitate it.
Frequently there is a question of vaccination of cats. If you plan to release a pet to walk on the street, then vaccination is mandatory, since the likelihood of catching an infection from street "friends" is very high. To do this will help you in any veterinary clinic, offering a variety of comprehensive vaccines. The main thing is that the vaccine is made to a healthy animal, as vaccinating a sick cat will only worsen its condition. If you are sure that your pet will only lead a home lifestyle, then it is not necessary to plant it. Harm from this, of course, will not, but the probability of bringing the infection into the house is so small that many owners prefer not to nervous the kitten again.
Features of care for thoroughbred kittens
How to care for a British kitten
There are two main features of care for British kittens:
- It is important to closely monitor your healthkitten - regularly undergo examinations with a veterinarian, take tests. In order to ensure that these procedures were as comfortable as possible for you and for a kitten - you need to accustom him from an early age to undergo an examination. Beginning with the monthly age, from time to time, spend the kitten a kind of "physical examination" - check your ears, eyes, so that the kitten feels calmer on a real physical examination!
- The British have a very peculiar, "two-layered"wool, which requires careful care! Buy a special brush with rubber teeth, and comb the kitten hair first along the wool growth, and then against. The British are a rare breed of kittens who like this massage!
How to care for lop-eared kittens
Particular attention in the care of the folda Scottish kitten should be given to his ears. Unlike most cats, Scots ears require regular cleaning (at least twice a month) with a clean cotton swab that can be slightly moistened with a special liquid for ear cleaning. If you begin to notice strangeness in the behavior of a kitten - often shakes his head, scratches his ears, you need to urgently go to the vet, because you yourself most likely will make the wrong diagnosis!