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Considering a Kitten

Thinking about getting a kitten?

Kittens are adorable. How can you not fall in love with those cute, friendly bundles of fluff? And welcoming a kitten into your home is just the first part of an exciting journey. Within a year, that inquisitive little furball will be fully-grown. So, before you decide to bring home a new kitten, make sure you’re ready and willing to own an adult cat. These tips will help you make the right decision.

Choosing the right kitten for you

Every home is different, and everyone has their own lifestyle. So it’s important to choose the right breed of kitten who’ll settle in comfortably with your routines. That way, she’ll be happy in the long run – and so will you! These tips will help you select the right kitten for your lifestyle.

Care

Keeping her coat in good condition

Diet plays a big part in the condition of your cat’s coat.

As your cat gets older, however, she may find it harder to keep her coat as glossy and healthy as it used to be. If she neglects her grooming, your cat's skin might become flaky, and her coat might show develop grey or white hairs.

Tips for bringing your new kitten home

When you welcome your inquisitive new kitten into your home, she’ll probably take a little time to get used to her new surroundings. It’s best to let your kitten explore, and discover things in her own time. Even so, there are still plenty of things you can do to help your kitten settle in. Here are some tips to help your new kitten feel comfortable in their new home.

It’s best to let your kitten explore, and discover things in her own time. Even so, there are still plenty of things you can do to help your kitten settle in.

Cat grooming tips

Your kitten will spend a lot of her day grooming. Not only does grooming help your kitten look after her coat, but it also controls parasites and reinforces social bonds. Take a look at our cat grooming tips.

Grooming is a great way to build up your relationship with your kitten, because it mimics the social bonds between a mother cat and her babies.

Feeding & Health

Your guide to a healthy kitten

In the natural world, big cats use grooming to maintain their social relationships. In a similar way, you can strengthen the bond with your kitten is by giving her a regular health check. It's a good idea to start doing this from a young age – that way, your kitten will soon start thinking of it as just another natural routine. Follow these tips when you're giving your kitten its first check-up.

If you have children, or another cat, then you’ll need to make careful and gentle introductions. If you take things steady to begin with, before long you’ll all be living happily together!

What do I feed my kitten?

Here's your guide to feeding and keeping your new kitten healthy. Just like her big cat cousins, your kitten is a true carnivore. Her teeth, tongue and digestive system are all specially designed for eating meat. So to meet her natural nutritional needs, it’s important to get her diet just right.

As a carnivore, your kitten needs lots of protein, and a complex balance of nutrients. Also, because your kitten is growing so fast, she needs different levels of certain nutrients than an adult cat – including the right ratio of calcium to phosphorus.

From kitten food to cat food

From kitten to adult cat, as your little feline friend approaches her first birthday, she’ll be ready to move on to eating a balanced adult food that’s suitable for her growing needs. Your kitten is very sensitive to changes in taste and temperature, as well as any change in diet, so follow these tips when it comes to switching your kitten to adult cat food.

It's a good idea to start doing this from a young age – that way, your kitten will soon start thinking of it as just another natural routine.

Kitten feeding tips

In the wild, big cats know exactly what they need to eat. At home, you'll want to know how much to feed your kitten and how often so that your kitten grows up to be a happy and healthy cat. By feeding your kitten the right food at the right times, you’ll be supporting her natural instincts as a carnivore and solitary hunter.

For the first 4–5 weeks of her life, your kitten will get all she needs from her mother. She’ll normally be weaned by 7 weeks, but even from week 4 you can get her used to eating a specially prepared food like WHISKAS® Kitten with Chicken Dry Food

Socializing

Getting to know your kitten

The more time you spend bonding with your new kitten, the more you’ll get to know her – and the more you’ll appreciate how her character and behaviour are driven by her natural instincts.

While your little kitten’s home lifestyle may seem very different to what she’d experience in the wild, she still displays many of the same behaviours as her big cat cousins. Understanding her natural instincts will help you get to know your kitten as she forms her own new family with you.

Helping your kitten settle in

It’s a big day when you introduce your new kitten to your home for the first time. Not only will her arrival enhance your life – it will change it too! Before your kitten arrives, make sure you have everything you need to help her settle in calmly and happily. If you have children, or another cat, then you’ll need to make careful and gentle introductions. If you take things steady to begin with, before long you’ll all be living happily together!

If you have children, or another cat, then you’ll need to make careful and gentle introductions. If you take things steady to begin with, before long you’ll all be living happily together!

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