How To Care For Your New Kitten

Did you know that there are almost 50 recognized breeds of cats? We've had domesticated cats for a long, long time, and now, it's time for you to get a new kitten. What we've learned over the past 4500 years of having domesticated cats is right here, ready for you to learn so that you and your new kitten can have a blast together, from your cat laying on your open books and laptop keys, to napping on your face, to just keeping you company. Kittens, and cats, like to make it seem like they don't care about you, and they certainly don't need you. That's part of the stereotypical feline charm after all! But don't be fooled: getting a new kitten is a big responsibility that takes a lot of patience, love, and care. To give you and your kitten the best relationship, iPetsLove has cultivated the following products to cover the four cornerstones of a happy pet: Care, Home, Training, and food. These basic but very important cornerstones will go a long way in helping your kitty live a long and happy life with you!

CARE

Litter Box & Litter - Make sure to get a litter box that is big enough for when your kitten grows up, too. This can be difficult for your kitten to get into at first, and you can get two pans if you like - one for your kitten, and one for later when she becomes a cat. If you find your kitten isn't using the litter box, she may not like the litter, and you may want to switch to a different kind. Litter Deodorizer - These handy powders can help reduce the odor by adding a bit regularly to your litter box. Litter Scoop - To help keep your litter fresh and having to change your entire pan each time, with litter pan liners also being helpful in easily carrying the litter out and replacing it. Important: Expecting mothers should NOT clean cat litter. Your doctor can give you more details on why. Brush - Cats tend to clean themselves quite a bit, so why buy a brush? Brushes and combs can help your cat's coat by getting rid of tangles and matts, along with making hairballs less likely. A rubber brush is helpful with short-haired kittens, medium-haired kittens often benefit from a brush and a comb, and a de-matting tool is needed for long-haired kittens. Hairball Remedy - Cats clean themselves quite frequently, but as they do so, their fur naturally gets ingested and forms "hairballs" while in the stomach. Since they can't process it, they will often vomit up those hairballs, which often is a source of stress for both you and your kitten. Hairball Remedy Paste helps your kitten's stomach and digestive system from forming hairballs. Bowls - Find bowls that are difficult to flip, but easy to clean! Plastic tends to trap odors and sometimes food particles, while glass, stainless steel, and ceramic tend to work well. Cats need a lot of water, so make sure to always keep water available for them, as they tend to dehydrate quickly. Also, seriously consider getting a re-circulating water bowl as it can remove substances harmful to your cat, providing them filtered water with a ton of benefits. Cat Scissors & Coagulant - Small animal nail clippers or cat scissors are used to keep your kitten's nails clipped. This will help deter your cat from scratching so much, but be careful not to trim too far, as there are blood vessels the further down you go along the cat's claws. If you should accidentally snip one, have blood coagulant on hand.

HOME

Cat Furniture - Kittens love climbing all over everything, hanging from things, scratching things...kittens just in general are curious and enjoy getting into things. Cats scratch for a few reasons, one being to shed their own claws, and to mark their territory. It's an instinctual need that you won't be able to train them out of, but you can train them to use scratching posts or cat furniture in general. Use lures like honeysuckle or catnip to direct your new kitten to those areas instead of all of your walls and furniture! Cat Bed - Kittens and cats enjoy cat beds, and often tend to go to them easier if they're scented with catnip, and definitely more likely to attract your kitten if it seems secure. Crinkle pads also make cats feel comfortable. Carrier - Car rides for dogs are seen as rather normal, but most cats don't enjoy car rides (some do!). For your kitten's safety, make sure you get a cat carrier or a travel bag for rides to the vet, or anything else you may need to take your kitten to.

TRAINING

Cat Treats - As one might expect, treats are great for helping reward your kitten or cat for doing a good job and reinforcing good behavior. Or, just for a tasty snack through the day. Books - There are tons of books on cat care and cat breeds. We here at iPetsLove are happy to help find whatever book you're looking for! Leash & Collar & Identification - It's been proven that the best and healthiest life for your cat resides indoors, but even then your kitten should have some form of identification if they accidentally get loose or lost. Microchips are available for cats, as well as an expandable collar with a bell and ID tag. The expandable collar will help keep your cat from strangulation if she were to get entangled in something. If you would like to take your kitten or cat for a walk, harnesses tend to work best, as cats can easily slip out of collars. Lightweight leads, such as the kind that are retractable and give them some leeway, are best. Toys - Kittens and cats love to goof around and play, as it's how they learn how to hone their instincts even if they won't be actually hunting in the wild. Give your kitten some safe playthings like catnip-filled snacks, busy balls, and other cat-specific toys. Make sure you keep your cat away from rubber bands, toilet paper, ribbon, long strings, tinsel, plastic wrap, cellophane, twist-ties, cotton swabs, and aluminum foil, as they are all dangerous. Repellent - Kittens like to chew on all sorts of things and often get into hard-to-reach places that they should not be (and sometimes you cannot figure out how they even got back there!). Things like house plants, electrical cords, and others, can be toxic or fatal to your feline friend. To keep her from chewing or scratching certain areas or items, make sure you get a commercial-grade repellent, make sure you keep her nails clipped safely, and get her a lounger or some sort of her own furniture that she can amuse herself on.

FOOD

Kitten Food - Changing your kitten's diet can result in stress and upset stomachs. Ask her previous owner what and how much your previous cat ate, and how many times a day to feed her. Fresh water should be out and available for your kitten at all times. Despite the stereotypes, milk and cats don't mix. It's hard for them to digest, so don't offer it to your new kitten. High-Calorie Supplements - If your cat is a picky eater, buy these supplements to help them gain healthy weight and eat the way they should be. Coat Supplement - If you add a bit of coat and skin supplement to your kitten's food, it can help reduce the amount of cat hair you'll have all over your things, and also makes their fur soft and pretty. We want to make sure that you know everything when it comes to taking care of your new kitten. These guidelines are here to help both of you live long, happy lives together!

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