Preparing for a New Kitten

Preparing for a New Kitten

Are you going to be adopting a kitten soon? Congratulations! In this article from River Valley Veterinary Hospital, serving the Fox Chapel, PA area, a local vet offers tips on helping your feline buddy settle in.


You’ll need to make a trip to the pet store before you bring your tiny furball home. Your shopping list should include dishes, a brush, a bed, a carrier, and, of course, lots of toys. Get some playthings that are good for interactive play, as well toys she can use by herself. You’ll also need a litterbox and litter. You can get a small litterbox for now. As for litter, avoid clay and clumping litters until your kitten is fully grown: these are dangerous for baby cats. Your kitten will also appreciate having some kitty furniture and a scratching post.

Do Some Kittenproofing

Kittens are small, curious, and playful, which can be a dangerous combination. Your pet will spend a good deal of the next year mastering the use of her claws and teeth, and figuring out what she can eat, play with, or sleep on. Remove or secure anything that could potentially be dangerous for your feline friend. This includes things like toxic plants; medicines; chemicals; plastic bags and ties; ropes and wire; and anything small or sharp. You’ll also want to seal off openings behind and beneath furniture and cabinets. Get into the habit of keeping major appliances, like washers and dryers, shut when not in use.

Get Used To Being Cat Furniture

When you bring your kitten home, the first thing on little Fluffy’s agenda will be to melt your heart. Item number two? Naps. While you shouldn’t force attention on your kitten, most baby felines love to be held and snuggled. Don’t be surprised if you soon find yourself more or less stuck in your chair, holding a tiny, purring ball of fur.

Get The Camera Ready

Kittens are almost impossibly cute. That adorable toddler phase passes quickly, though. Keep your phone or camera handy, so you can capture those special moments. Little Fluffy will be grown up before you know it!

Please do not hesitate to contact us here at River Valley Veterinary Hospital, serving the Fox Chapel, PA area, for all of your kitten’s veterinary care needs. We love watching cats grow from little balls of fur into happy, healthy adult felines!

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