How to prepare yourself for a new kitten?
You have just adopted a kitten – or are you thinking of doing so – but you don’t know exactly what she would need?
It is not recommended to separate your kitten from her mother when taking her home until she turns 2/3 months. In the first months, the presence of the mother is essential for her to get her proper nutrition, develop her immune system – as she only feeds on breast milk which contains important antibodies – and for her behaviour. In this stage of her development she learns how to clean herself, how to dose the intensity of scratches and bites and how to socialize.
Before you take her home, remember to prepare everything you need:
– litter box with hygienic sand: it is recommended to place it away from the food bowls;
– transport: to take her home on foot or by car (it is mandatory);
– food: your kitten must have two bowlsl: one for food, the other for water;
– games and scratching post: useful to keep him away from furniture, curtains and sofa;
– a bed in which she would feel protected: a berth, a box or a basket lined with covers. The younger your kitten is, the more it needs to be kept in a clean, cold-protected environment.
In general, when the kittens are placed in a new environments they feel scared and try to hide, even in the narrowest places.
For this reason, it is advisable to keep the cat closed in one room during the first couple of days. She will not experience it as a punishment, on the contrary it is a great way for her to get used to its new environment!
Be careful to hide anything that could be dangerous, such as detergents or poisons, sharp tools, power cables, etc. … curiosity killed the cat!
Also make sure you don’t leave doors and windows open, it might run away or try to chase birds and lose balance (which is very developed in felines, but not foolproof!)
The first sign of a kitten’s health is her behaviour: if she is very active, hungry and vital, she will certainly be healthier than an dull and “listless” one.
That said, as soon as you adopt a kitten, it is always advisable to take her to the vet for a first visit.
Kittens are very delicate and could easily have one of these disorders in progress:
-Parasites: in general, kittens should always be dewormed. If he shakes his head often, he may have mites in his ears.
-Respiratory diseases: be careful if your kitten sneezes often or has a runny nose.
-conjunctivitis: kittens are often prone to conjunctivitis. Watch her eyes to make sure they’re not swollen, red or semi-closed.
Your vet will then advise you on an appropriate vaccination plan based on your kitten’s lifestyle (depending on if shes an outdoor or indoor cat).
When you bring your kitten home, she should already have finished weaning, i.e. switching from breast milk to solid food (wet or dry).
At the very beginning it is a good idea to continue to feed it the food to which it is accustomed. Then, once the new food has been chosen, 5-7 days should have passed, gradually replacing the old food with the new one.
Your kitten has a very small stomach, so she requires small but frequent meals. She should be fed at least four times a day until she is six months old, and let’s not forget that the new family member should always have fresh, clean water at any time.
Your kitten’s diet should be as simple and natural as possible, to prevent allergies and intolerances, but also balanced so that the kitten can receive all the nutrients she needs. You can try Schesir Kitten certified ORGANIC, or mix the wet Kitten Schesir natural (chicken or tuna) with Schesir croquettes with the chicken as the only source of animal protein.
Let’s finish by dispelling a myth: milk (excluding their mother’s milk) is not good for kittens, on the contrary it could cause them to suffer from dysentery because of its different composition (low energy, proteins, amino acids, essential fatty acids, too much lactose, low digestibility).