One of the benefits of bringing home a kitten is the ability to mold your new furry friend just the way you want. Of course, your feline will have a certain disposition, but starting early means you can avoid potential problems in the future.
Here are a few tips from a professional vet on raising your kitten right from the start.
Have your kitten spayed or neutered
One of the best things you can do is have your kitten spayed or neutered. For your sake and for his.
Animals that go into heat can be a real nuisance. Male felines will spray your house while female cats will yowl and cause a racket. By having your furry friend fixed, you can eliminate all of these problems.
The animal population is a real issue. By fixing your cat, you can prevent more felines from ending up in the shelter.
Why does it matter that you have your kitten fixed instead of waiting until he’s an adult? It’s much easier for young animals to recover. If you wait to fix your cat until he’s older, his recovery is going to take longer.
Microchip your kitty
A collar with your personal information is a good start when it comes to making sure your kitty is returned home should he ever get lost, but a microchip is even better.
Many kittens and even adult cats can easily wiggle out of their collar, which means no one will know where he belongs if he runs away and is found by someone else. A microchip can be scanned by veterinarians and animal shelters who can then contact you.
Keep your cat inside
Although the wide world can be fun for a kitten, it is very dangerous. And it’s stressful! Not only is your kitty more susceptible to getting hurt, he’s also more likely to get sick.
It’s important to keep your kitten inside from the very start. It’s nearly impossible to take an outside cat and turn him into an indoor animal. It’s much easier just to keep him inside in the first place. That way he’ll never know what he’s missing.
Of course, another important thing you need to do for your kitty is schedule annual appointments with your local vet to keep him in good health!