1. Vaccinations

Vaccinations are very important for cats of all ages, but especially kittens. Because their immune system is immature, timely vaccinations will help to insure a healthy and long life!

Your Veterinarian will spend time with you and your Kitten to determine exactly what vaccine or vaccines it will need. Important factors to consider include: Will it be an inside cat or will it also go outside? Are there other cats in the household? What is the Leukemia status of the other cats? What are the prevalent diseases in your area? For a detailed discussion of available vaccines, return to the Feline Vaccines page. You should have your Kitten examined by your Veterinarian, and the first vaccinations started by no later than 6-7 weeks of age!

2. Feeding

Nutrition is important for cats of all ages. Because cats have higher protein and fat requirements than dogs, cats should always be fed cat foods! Be sure to stick with brand-name cat foods. Off-label foods are cheaper for a reason - they are probably not adequate for healthy growth. Stay away from leftovers and people food for the first 6-12 months to insure proper eating habits are formed. This will become very important as your Kitten ages! Discuss brands and feeding schedules with your Veterinarian on your first vaccination examination!

3. Litter training

House training a Kitten is usually easier than for a puppy. Kittens instinctively prefer to use a litter pan! It is important to have more than one litter pan around the house, and be sure to clean them daily! Types of litter may also have an effect, especially changing to different brands and scents from what your Kitten or cat prefers. If you have any problems, again, consult your Veterinarian!