Kitten care part one: preparation

Kitten care part one: preparation

Kittens are adorable, fun and unique but
it is important to consider that taking on a kitten is a commitment for its
lifetime, which may be 15 to 20 years. So here are a few things to consider. Kittens learn what is normal and safe
during a very sensitive period of development between two to eight weeks
of age, known as the socialisation period. During this time kittens will learn what
is normal and what they should avoid. However, most kittens do not stay in the
home in which they were born and are acquired by owners when they are
eight weeks and over. Therefore when choosing a kitten, try to
find out how well socialised it is so that you can choose a kitten that will
be most likely to adapt to your home. If you’re looking for a pet for a busy
family home, choose a kitten that is alert, sociable
and playful with its littermates. A quieter, anxious kitten may be less
suited to a busy or noisy household. If you’re thinking of getting a pair, a
sibling pair is often preferable to two unrelated kittens and character is more
important than gender. Before getting a cat, take some time to
create a cat-friendly home. All cats like safe, predictable environments that smell
familiar to them. It is essential to provide at least one quiet place for
your cat to retreat to and hide so they can feel safe. Provide easily
accessible resources including more than one scratch post, multiple litter trays
to choose from and plenty of opportunities for play. Cats also love to
climb so they can survey their environment from the raised vantage
point. Providing multiple shelves for perching will fulfill this need. Although two kittens homed from the same litter may remain close, they may grow apart as
they get older and reach social maturity, between the ages of 18 months and four years old. Therefore to avoid a potential conflict,
it is important that they have access to separate resources such as separate food,
water bowls, litter trays and toys. A good rule of thumb is to provide one resource
for each cat in the household plus one extra. Before getting a kitten, ensure you
will be able to provide them with an appropriate diet. Kittens should have
access to fresh water and be fed commercial kitten food to make sure
their nutritional needs are met. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and
avoid feeding more than the total daily recommended amount, as this can lead to
obesity. If needed, speak to a vet about the most
appropriate diet and feeding regime. Finding a local vet and building a
relationship with them before you get a kitten is very important. Due to their
small body size and immature immune systems, a kitten’s health can deteriorate
very quickly, so it’s important to be able to take them straight to the vet if
they are unwell. It is very useful to visit the practice to find out about the
location, the cost of routine health care and the opening hours before making your
choice. Make sure you discuss all aspects of your cat’s care with your vet and
consider taking out pet insurance. Your vet will also ensure your kitten is
appropriately vaccinated, microchipped and neutered. Kittens should receive
vaccinations from eight or nine weeks of age, with a second vaccination at around
12 weeks of age to protect them from serious infectious diseases – even if
they’re indoor cats. Cats Protection recommends microchipping as the safest
and simplest method of permanently identifying your cat should they get
lost. Finally, neutering can be carried out
from four months of age or younger. Neutered cats live healthier lives and neutering
is the most humane way to help minimise the unwanted cat population and to help
stop unwanted pregnancies. Neutering also prevents certain illnesses and can
reduce spraying, straying and fighting with other cats. Before you bring your kitten home, make
sure you’ve kitten-proofed the house to help keep them safe. Kittens love to
explore and they can squeeze into the smallest of spaces and have a habit of
sleeping in the most peculiar places. Block off any gaps between the cupboards,
furniture and the kitchen appliances. Screen off open fireplaces and always
supervise your kitten if you have a lit fire. Keep cupboards, washing machines and
tumble dryer doors closed. Toilet lids should be kept down to avoid the risk of
drowning or coming into contact with cleaning chemicals. Ensure that hot
liquids are never left unsupervised. Keep all cables and wires securely protected
and out of reach. Kittens should never have access to balconies and all
external doors and windows should be securely closed off or covered over with
strong wire mesh with no holes for your kitten to fall through. It is best to
keep a close eye on your kitten throughout the day to ensure they
haven’t gotten up to any mischief! Although they won’t stay young for long,
the preparation and care you provide for your kitten will help ensure their
happiness as an adult cat and set the path to a long-lasting companionship.

Comments (87)

  1. How often should you change the sand in there litter box?

  2. Just had two kittens i brought home from school, thanks for the basic infos of how to take care of these cuties

  3. I will be adopting two kittens from 2 separate litters. They were each the only ones left from their litter. Both are girls and have both been in separate foster care with other cats. One is 2-3 months old, the other is 3-4 months old. Should I follow the same outline shown in this video for both of them? Or am I doing the wrong thing by adopting 2 separate ones? I just felt sorry that they were the last ones from their litters, but the shelter said they should be fine together. I just feel that a second opinion of a professional would help me feel more secure that I am doing the right thing! Thanks for all the great info!!

  4. Good luck to you all

  5. I have a fantastic vet so when I get my new kitten in 6 weeks time I am confident my kitty will be in good hands. xx

  6. These kittens were so cute ??

  7. I’m getting a kitten at a pet store soon and I was wondering how to take care of her/he

  8. Plz tell the vaccaination name.

  9. We are getting two Persian kittens later this month, a brother and sister. This is so very helpful, it’s been 28 years since I brought a kitten home!

  10. I’m getting a kitten that has been through the social period with its mom, how do I train it to behave and come on call


  12. How to train cat to go to toilet

  13. I have an open window due to moving into a new place that I'm remodeling is it bad or is it ok since it's really high up. Also I think I have a rat in the house is this a danger to the kitten?

  14. The kittens are cute

  15. Thank you for the advice??

  16. How many times of the day do feed them

  17. my parents are thinking of getting a kitten so thanks! 😀

  18. Excellent content , Will follow all steps. Im training my kitten really well and she understands everything I say to her

  19. 1:44 – me after I’ve ate a few to many chicken nuggets

  20. My parents have sibling cats, and they were so cute as kittens, always huddle together and play, but now there about 4, and they hate each other lol always growling at one another, never seen together, either one is in and the other is out!

  21. We got are kitten at 4weks but he was the runt and his mom died he was the only 1

  22. I wanna buy two kittens so bad its just that we are afraid because my wife trying to get pregnant.

  23. my two cats were siblings and they remained very close until the day one of them died it was so sad because the other one wandered around the house looking in every corner and looking under everything searching for his brother

  24. how many hours a day a 2 month old kitten sleeps? and they should all be energic? because my little kitty tends to sleep a lot and i brought her home from a lady in the country side, she only east wet food and does really soft poo 5 o 6 times a day, tommorrow i will take her to the vet

  25. This lady is cute?. I need her instagram

  26. Im a streamer/gamer and the kitten will be in my bedroom 95% of the time, so there is so much wiring going on bcuz i have a pc, a laptop, a tv, and 2 xbox. I need advice on how to manage all the wires so my kitten doesnt bite into them or something. Plus a standing fan and a router in my room so theres also that wiring

    Edit: The reason it can only be in my room is because we have 3 dogs in the house, 2 chihuahua sized ones and one is not a large one but bigger than the other 2 but he’s a good boy and loves to get a long with cats. The other 2 get annoyed by cats and dont really like them. How should i introduce my dogs to their new friend? I know people who have cats and dogs and they are like best friends.

  27. Chose 2 kittens from my nans friend.
    One male and female
    Called Adam and Bella

  28. Can you please tell if its possible to keep one in a hostel room. It doesn't have ventilation but I really want one in my room

  29. Im may get a kitten in 2019

  30. so here are a few things to consider; take a brace

  31. I wish I'd seen this before getting my two.   I had one cat tray for both and they were peeing everywhere except the toilet tray. I didn't know how to deal with this or what was wrong and ended up getting rid.

  32. The cat I'm getting is more settle, and it won't move around much. Also should I get a sibling? Beacause it's a bit to much for my family. I'm getting a NEWBORN kitten. Anyways thank you for making this video. I'll be going to school and I'll have to leave them. But at least my grandparents are there. I'm getting one in 3 months.

  33. How many times give food for a cat (6 months)

  34. I kinda want 2 little ginger ones…
    I can either name them:
    Fred and George
    Merry and Pippin

  35. This felt like a tutorial from The Sims

  36. This was soooooo helpful thank very much❤️??

  37. I found my kitten David Bowie on the side of a road, abandoned in a ditch, in a thunder storm. He wasn't even old enough to walk and he still had his milk teeth. Why any monster would do that is beyond me. I researched how to care for him and nursed him back to health. Today he is 5 months old and is as energetic as ever.

  38. Thank You! I am adopting twin black kittens, 7 weeks old, who were in a house fire last week. One is named Salem, one is named Blaire and I am really excited.

  39. Im gonna get a cat on april ?

  40. My dad found a kitten on the street and decided to feed it after weeks of feeding it regularly it thinks it's part of our family and is now allowed to roam our house and is sleeping on my lap right now ???

  41. And my kitten has a new favorite place which is on the mat next to the food bowl so it can get instant food, it's a greedy little kitten that likes getting into mischief but that's why I love it

  42. Hi. I recently got the insane urge to have a kitten. Just so that I’ll have someone to cuddle or sit with when I study. I have a small aquarium tank with a few guppy fish now, but you can’t exactly cuddle up with them and they don’t do much either. How do I know if this is just a phase I’m having? I am an animal lover by the way, so if it’s not a phase, how can I convince my parents? I live in an apartment and I know it’s not just all cute cuddles and rainbows. I know they take up commitment, and I am willing to commit


    I have been wanting an actual pet for really long now. But I’m kind of scared as it’s the first real pet I’ll be having. And I’m afraid something bad will happen to it. Also, I will be gone for 9 hours for five days a week for school. But I really would love a companion

  43. I been doing research . My wife and I are looking to adopt a kitten . I’m learning a lot from videos like this.

  44. aaargh… that's too much information… I cant keep up.. LOL :v… But still, I love my cat. I will do my best!

  45. my cat have all of these

  46. Preparation: 1- Buy aspirin. 2- Have the patience of Jobe. 3- Hide your valuables. 4- Hide your breakables. 5- Hide your food. 6- Hide your fluffy clothes. 7- Warn guests. 8- Get ready to share your toilet time and learn to leave the toilet door open. 9- Kiss the first few weeks of peaceful sleep goodbye. 10- Speak miao.

  47. Society tames wolves into dogs and man is the most domesticated animal of all

  48. Lovely woman who did this thank u

  49. It says you have to get a cat at 8 weeks old…..well im getting a cat at 3 weeks old ?

  50. It's 2019 right now actually but I just wanna know what if you weren't sure that you were getting it and someone brought it and you weren't prepared what are you gonna do

  51. Puss in Boots, is that you?

  52. I'm getting a kitten tomorrow

  53. My cat is look exactly like the cat,that is behind you

  54. ❤️?❤️?❤️?❤️??

  55. Hoping to get my first kitten in a few days. We had cats when I was a kid but my mother helped me. This will be the first one I’ve taken care of alone.

  56. Im getting a kitten soon and im naming him Garfield

  57. I am giving milk to newborn kitten. Wat else can I give

  58. Should I give my kitten freedom at night I mean is it ok to.and is it normal for them to stay awake and menoo?

  59. Can kettin
    sit in a cold room

  60. Wait dont feed more than recomended ammount?! isnt this genetics, and what about what type of food, wht if its a vegan cat 😛

  61. My brother and I took in a feral kitten today, he's about 4 weeks old, he has a slight injury on his eye, but we've taken him to the vet and got him checked out and got the proper medication he needed, after that we went out and spent $165.00 on everything we're going to need to care for him. 🙂
    we've both wanted a cat forever, this wasn't how we imagined we'd eventually get one, but we're both really excited to love and care for our little guy forever.
    We named him Fable.

  62. This is useful because my mum said if I am good I can get a cat

  63. I am getting my kitty maybe 2 tomorrow I now realized this will be hard but I’m happz

  64. During The entire video I was like awwwww??

  65. What happens if cat does not have injections?

  66. My mom just got a kitten and is bringing it home

  67. i'm getting a kitten today and i'm not goanna get her spayed cause when she gets old I want to keep a relative of her so I want her to have kittens.

  68. Omg I'm getting a kitten in a few weeks! So excited! I've always wanted one ! ??

  69. If I had a kitten if it's a female I'll name it Katy or kitty if it's a male I'll name it tom

  70. I’m getting 5 kittens

  71. I just adopted 2 baby kittens from the shelter there both not siblings but love to play together but we still can’t pick them up because they need to be neutered there both males by the way (PLS COMMENT ANY NAME SUGGESTION THERE BOTH GRAYISH BLACK)

  72. I love your voice!

  73. How do I introduce my kitten to her litter?

  74. I took that "Separate resources" thing seriously, until I found out that the dog wouldn't eat until the cats eat with her. Our two cats, smokey and whiskers, are best friends. They lick each other, eat the same food, use the same litter box, and still love each other. Conclusion? Don't believe everything a vet tells you, sometimes its just better to find out yourself 🙂

    PS.But do believe most things a vet tells you!!!!!

  75. My kitty died aged 24 around 3 years ago, I decided this is the year to adopt another, wanted to make a good start!

  76. I’m gettin a black kitten named twilight

  77. This is, kitten season so cute and sweet.. ?

  78. Will cats get used to a dog if they've been together for a long time

  79. Great video! Thanks for sharing! We are getting a burmese kitten for my 2 daughters. They are super excited! Can’t wait to bring our new family member home!

  80. watching this as it’s been about two years since i had a kitten, need a brain refresh

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