isn't using it, experiment with litters
until you find one she likes. Kittens
usually prefer something soft and
sand-like. If she eats the litter, use an
edible formula like corn or wheat.
They’re easy to groom
at this age. Handle their
paws, and open their mouths to
look at their teeth, because this
will make nail trimming, pilling,
and tooth brushing when they are
Fleas are especially dan-
gerous. Fleas can cause
tapeworm and a host of diseases.
In kittens, these parasites can
cause anemia, which can be fatal.
Improper use of flea-control
products is also dangerous and
sometimes fatal. Follow packaging
directions on any topical treatments. Use a flea comb, bathe
your kitten, and wash bedding.
Vacuum around the house to
battle an infestation. Involve your
veterinarian for guidance.
They need to be saved
from themselves. Curious
kittens will explore anything they can
get into. Look around your house for
anything that can cause harm.
They need to scratch. Get
them acclimated to prop-
er scratching surfaces like sisal and
corrugated cardboard. It feels good
and will make them less inclined to
scratch your furniture.
They need to play
They need a safe room.
politely. Redirect aggres-
sive play with your hands or
feet toward a toy, so they don’t
get into the habit of biting and
Before bringing your kitten
home, prepare a safe, enclosed space
equipped with food and water dish-es, litter box, scratching post, and
bed. Let her stay in this room before
opening up the rest of the house to
her. A big, unexplored house can be
overwhelming, and she'll feel more
comfortable getting to know a small
They need to visit the vet.
Take your kitten to the vet
for vaccinations, deworming, and
a health check. Talk to your vet
about any issues, such as any cold-like symptoms and the best age
to spay/neuter. Your kitten’s first
wellness check is essential.
They can become parents.
Kittens can be spayed as
early as 8 weeks, and they can go
into heat and become pregnant
by 5 months, so don’t procrastinate. Spaying/neutering
will prevent unpleasant
with a heat
childhood, adolescence, and into young adulthood in the first two years.
By the age of 2, their eye
color, coat color, pattern and
length, and personality will
Newborn kittens are completely dependent on their mothers for nourishment, warmth, and elimination.
adopted two red tabbies,
Maddie and Sophie, when
they were 6 months old and
had amber eyes that turned green. Maddie still
kneads before sitting on a lap, while Sophie has
to be the highest cat in the room.
They need a smaller litter box. Provide one
with low sides so they
can get in and out of
it on their own. As they
grow, they will need a litter
box that is one-and-a-half
times their length.