Cat and Kitten Pet Care

Treat your cute little kitty right

While most cats in North America are strictly indoor cats, many owners choose to have outdoor cats and if that’s the case, one of the things to be cautious of is ticks. Ticks carry diseases and can harm your cat if left untreated. Having effective tick control will not only save your cat but save your other pets and your neighborhood’s pets. Here are some facts about ticks and what you can do about controlling them.

Ticks thrive in warm climates and can be found anywhere in the world. They are prevalent in woody or grassy areas where they can hide easily. If your cat or dog gets a tick there are a host of diseases they could potentially contract. For example, Lyme disease, Ehlichiosis, Tularemia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Cytauxzoonosis, Babesiosis, and Tick Paralysis.

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So you want to get a cat or kitten but don’t know what to look out for. Getting a cat or kitten is a big commitment and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Cats love to cuddle, play and sleep so finding one that you like can be a bit tricky especially if you decide to adopt from your local animal shelter.
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Before going to the animal shelter you may want to look for it on the internet and see if they have a website. Often times, if they do, they will post pictures of animals that need to be adopted. This will give you an idea if they have what you are looking for. Some people are very specific in what kind of cat they want. For example, some may want a Siamese cat or Calico cat while others don’t mind a tabby. Still others want a certain color and may have to wait a while until there is one available. That’s why looking at their webpage can give you a lot of information on whether they have the cat your are looking for.
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Here is a great video on how to socialize your kitten with people. Many cats become fearful or afraid of other humans as they get older so it is a good time to start socializing your kitten as soon as you get her. Check out the video for some useful times.

New kittens may not have learned to use the litter box. Mother cats are the ones to train the kitten to use a litter box but sometimes this doesn’t happen for a variety of reasons. The mother wasn’t involved, the mother passed away or the kitten was removed too early. It’s best to start litter training after 4 weeks of age. Anything sooner will not be beneficial for your kitten. Here is how to train your kitty to use the litter box.

Litter Box Training

  • Take your kitty to the litter box after every meal. This is important in developing a pattern
  • When your kitten is in the litter box, rub her paws on the litter. This is an instinctual quality that may have to be learned if the Mother cat didn’t teach it.
  • In the beginning, purchase a smaller litter box. Some kittens will be hesitant to go into a bix box. I suggest to also not get a closed top litter box for the same reason.
  • If your cat has mistakes outside of the litter box, do you best to put it in the litter box. For example, stool can be placed in the litter box. This is a sign to the kitten that this is the area to deposit.

Playing with your kitten can be a fun time for both of you. Kittens are curious by nature and if you hone that skill in your kitten you can challenge them in more ways than one. Here are some ways to challenge your kitten but still have fun.
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If your kitten loves to hide under the couch, place rolled up aluminum balls under there as well as some treats so that your cat can have hours of fun. Another way to challenge your kitten is to get a box, cut out doors and holes and create little steps. This can be the cat funhouse! Your kitten will adore this little house they can distroy.

Since kittens love to claw their way to the top it may be a good idea to get a cat post of some other device that allows them to crawl. You want to teach your kitten at an early age to climb the post and not your curtains or couch.

With these cute yet challenging ways to keep your kitty occupied, you will have fund setting them up and watching your kitty explore!