Learning About Your First Kitten
It is always so exciting to add a kitten to your family. However, at first it might seem that caring for something so small is a daunting task. Kittens, like all babies, have basic needs that must be taken care of if your kitten is to grow up to be healthy and happy. They need to be trained, groomed, fed, and played with. Kittens need to receive medical care, shelter and most importantly, love.
Kittens grow at a remarkable rate during the first 6 weeks of life. And during that first six weeks, the kitten’s personality and character will be determined Savannah kitten breeders. These first few weeks are a very important health and development time. There are many threats to a young kitten’s life during this time including fleas and or other infections or parasites that can be passed from their mother.
It is very important to check if the kittens have had social contact before purchasing your kitten. Speak to the people who have brought the kittens up. Have they been in a house with children? This can be a good or bad thing, depending on the age of the children involved. Kittens need to be socialized with humans during these first 6 weeks of life if they are to make good pets. Kittens who are born in the wild and do not have human contact until they are a few months old do not make good pets. However if they have grown up with young children, they may be wary of being picked up the wrong way or played with excessively which could lead to problems.
The first vet visit should occur as soon as the new kitten is adopted to assess its health. It also needs to be checked for worms, fleas or other parasites. Flea treatment can be started at eight weeks and also first set of vaccinations can be given at the same time. The second set of vaccinations are given 3 to 4 weeks later. A booster shot is recommended at 12 months. The kitten needs to get used to being handled by different people and has to learn this. You both also need to develop trust in your vet.
A young kitten will usually sleep wherever he/she happens to be until they reach around eight weeks of age. After this time they start to develop “adult” sleeping habits which will probably still include sleeping wherever they happen to be although some will choose their own special place. One of my cats loves sleeping on the side of a mattress that is propped up in an unused hallway. There are other items stored there so she is back from the traffic flow and has her ‘safe place’.