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Caring for your new kitten

Moving to a new home is unsettling and your new kitten will need time to adjust to the change.

Provide a quiet, secluded area and do not disturb your kitten when it is asleep.

The following are some tips to help both you and your kitten adjust to the new life!

-         Prepare an ESCAPE –PROOF room on arrival home until your new kitten is relaxed, friendly, eating well & using the litter box. Keep indoors for 2-3 weeks until settle.

-         If your new kitten is very small, keep indoors for a few more weeks or until at least 4-6 months old

-         If your new kitten is to be allowed outside, begin during the day, under supervision.

-         Ensure that your kitten always has a safe route back inside.

Feeding

-         Fresh water should always be available.

-         Dry KITTEN chow should be fed two or four times a day. When your kitten is 6 months old, reduce to twice a day.

-         A small amount of canned/moist cat food can also be fed & will help your new kitten settle in.

-         Uneaten food should be thrown away & all bowls kept clean.

-         Do not feed spicy food, bones or milk.

Toilet training

-         A litter box and litter (commercial litter, wood shavings, sand, earth) will be needed for the settling in period.

-         Do not place the litter box too close to the feeding area.

-         Litter boxes should be cleaned at least twice a day. If the box is dirty your kitten will not use it.

-         Place your new kitten in the litter box whenever it wakes up and after each meal, until it is consistently using it.

-         If your kitten has a “toilet accident”, do not scold it. Do not use ammonia-based disinfectants or bleach to clean up messes.

-         If your kitten is to live indoors only, a large litter box will eventually be needed. If you have several indoor cats, it is advisable to have one litter box per cat or ideally; one box per cat and one extra.

Play

-         Attention and play will help your new kitten to settle in and socialize.

-         Provide toys (table tennis balls, toy mice, paper bags etc.). Discourage “hand play” (use a cat “wand” instead).

-         To avoid your kitten scratching your furniture, provide a scratch mat or post.

Grooming and daily care

-         Kittens do not usually need to be bathed.

-         Check daily for problems like runny eyes or nose, diarrhoea, or vomiting. Consult a vet IF SEEN ASAP.

-         Nails can be clipped (best done by a vet). De-clawing is considered in humane.

Veterinary care, fleas, worms

-         Vaccination of your kitten is started at the TTSPCA. Please speak to the vet about the vaccination schedule your kitten is on.

-         If your new kitten seems unwell (not eating, listless, vomiting, diarrhoea, etc.), contact a vet ASAP.

-         Treat for fleas monthly with approved pet products or consult your vet.

-         Worm for tape worms every 2/3 months, best done by a vet.

Introduction to other household animals

-         Delay face-to-face introduction to household CATS/KITTENS for a week.

-         Supervise the first meeting and time together until you are confident that there will be no show of aggression.

-         Avoid exposure to household DOGS until your new kitten seems well settled or for at least one week if the kitten settles sooner.

-         Ensure that the dogs are restrained (eg: on a lead) at the first meeting.

-         Supervise all interactions between the kitten and dog/s until the kitten is at least 4 months old or until you are confident that the dog/s will not be aggressive or chase the kitten.

Introduction to children

  • Children must be taught how to handle and interact with your new kitten (do not disturb while sleeping/eating, be gentle, no grabbing, pulling etc.). Initial interaction time must be limited and supervised.
  • If startled, hurt or over stimulated through play or affection, kittens may scratch or bite, potentially harming children.

 Any problems

Please contact the T&TSPCA for advice if there are any problems with your new kitten (not settling well, litter box concerns, issues with household cats or dogs etc.). However, if your kitten is unwell, consult a vet.

If you cannot keep your new kitten, please return it to the T&TSPCA.

 

                        TTSPCA TOBAG0 ANIMAL SHELTER

The Trinidad and Tobago Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (TTSPCA) Tobago Shelter is an animal welfare charity on the island of Tobago.

 

We are committed to preventing the suffering of all animals, reducing the population of stray and homeless animals through the provision of temporary shelter and promoting responsible animal guardianship through public education and information.

 

Want to help the TTSPCA? Donations can be made in office or directly into the Republic Bank Limited account# 020 408 593 701.

 

Aside from donating money or items, the public can help by passing on animal welfare knowledge, volunteering skills and services at the TTSPCA Shelter, fostering and adopting. Call in office and sign up to become a member of the TTSPCA.

 639-2567 / 309-0219

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Author: TTSPCA TOBAGO SHELTER
Last Updated: 2018-06-12T17:06:32.581Z