When buying any new pet, it can be easy to simply point to the cutest animal and decide that’s the one you’re taking home, but it’s important that you take the time to select the kitten that’s right for you. Each breed of cat has unique personality traits, so it’s important that you research the types of cat available before you start visiting kittens. Visit a range of breeders, shelters and individuals offering kittens and spend time with a number of different animals before you make your decision.
As well as the colour and general appearance of your kitten, you also need to take into account how much maintenance it will need, and how large it will grow. You should also examine the kitten’s personality and look out for any specific traits you want, like docility, adventurousness and curiousness.
Bringing your new kitten home is an exciting experience, but it’s important that you take it slowly and don’t rush your kitten into feeling at home. Give them plenty of time to settle in before you introduce them to any other pets or children so that they can feel safe in their surroundings before they’re thrust into another new experience.
Be gentle with your kitten during their first few days in your home so that they don’t feel scared and associate their new abode with positive thoughts. Try to keep loud noises to a minimum so that your kitten doesn’t get frightened and can settle in peacefully.
Throughout their lives, cats need to be kept healthy, and this means taking them to the vets, either when they’re sick or just when they need a check-up. Find a vet who’s local to you and will be able to take your kitten on as a new patient.
When you initially visit the vets with your kitten you need to get them a microchip, so that if they get lost then they can be returned. Have your name, address and phone number included on the chip so you can be contacted if anything happens.
It’s important that you remember that a cat can live up to 20 years, so you need to start as you mean to go on and make sure that your new addition is comfortable and happy from the moment it arrives in its new home. Follow these tips to enjoy a great relationship with your new kitten.
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