What does a kitten need at home
Have you finally decided to have a cat as a pet? Good choice! It will give you infinite company, although in general they are pets of an independent character and nature.
It is normal for the cat, the first days after its arrival at its new home, to be a little disoriented, since for it everything is new. So it will take a lot of patience, attention and care until you feel comfortable and adjust to your new space.
If you have adopted a cat that has lived on the streets or has had trauma, a recommendation is to use a pheromone diffuser to help the cat feel in a safe environment and reduce stress.
Recommendations for the care of cats
Preparing the house to welcome your cat
Cats are restless animals and you will see that they get into every corner. Given this adventurous nature, we will have to take certain precautionary measures by closing the balconies, doors and windows or looking for alternatives such as meshes or some type of barrier to avoid jumps and falls.
Another danger that the cat can find when prowling around the house are the toxic products with which they may be available due to some carelessness (be careful with toxic plants such as laurel, philodendrons, amaryllis or insecticides and medicines) obviously you have to avoid the ingestion of these products or any other object with which you can choke.
We must also be careful and control our cat when it is near a source of heat such as the stove, oven or glass ceramic.
As for the furniture and decoration of the house, especially fragile decorative objects that can break, they must be protected if they are within reach, since it can pass by and break them unintentionally.
Something they love is the threads, ropes and cords. Although they enjoy a lot and have a great time, they can choke or hurt themselves by getting too involved, do not let them play with these types of elements without your supervision.
If there are children in the house, you have to teach them to respect it. Although they have a lot of patience, they cannot bear jerks of the tail, scares or inadequate restraints.
And finally, if you already had other pets in the home, you have to pay special attention to all those that may be prey to your cat: birds, fish or small rodents. Do not forget that they are natural predators so you will have to safeguard the habitat of small animals and keep them always separated from the felines.
Once you have cleared all the possible "dangers" that your cat may encounter, you have to take care of their well-being. Choose an area of the house for him to sleep and play and another to place his litter box, where he can satisfy his physiological needs whenever he needs it check.
One of the things that you will have to have prepared will be his bed, accommodate your cat with a quiet and safe place to rest, away from drafts and easily accessible. Cats need many hours of sleep so offer them a quality bed for their rest.
The litter tray
Another item that a cat needs and that you should have before taking it home is the litter tray with the absorbent material that you will use. Kittens have the ability to use it from the first time they see it and generally do not need to be educated. You should always have clean material, be it pebbles, sawdust, or paper.
Every day you should remove the wet or caked parts, because if you don't, he may decide to use another place as a bathroom and there it will be more difficult to re-educate him. Every time it is necessary, change all the material in the tray and wash it well with a disinfectant product (or boiling water) that does not have an unpleasant smell, as this can also scare it away.
If your house is very large, you should distribute several trays so that you always have access to one check out this list. The tray that a cat needs can be open or closed, very appropriate for the most shy.
Cats are very clean animals and from three months of age they are able to perform their hygiene tasks on a daily basis. Since they are washed directly with their tongue, for our part we can help them prevent undesirable hairballs from forming with brushing and proper nutrition.
It is not advisable to bathe the cat very frequently, never more than once a month and always with a specific shampoo for cats. Bathing should be done once you are fully vaccinated. Bathing excessively will remove the protective film from the skin and can lead to dermatitis and hair problems.
For the kitten to grow up healthy, it is essential that its food is of quality and that it give it the right amount for its size and age.
It is essential that you have three containers, one for dry food, one for wet food, and one for water, which you should change often to keep it fresh and clean. To keep the feeder and drinker clean, you should always wash them after each use.
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