American Veterinary Hospital

2109 Tapo Street #3
Simi Valley, CA 93063

(805) 581-9111

Hours

Monday: 8:30am-5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:30am-6:00pm
Wednesday: 8:30am-3:00pm
Thursday: 8:30am-6:00pm
Friday: 8:30am-6:00pm
Saturday: 8:30am-4:00pm

Kitten Care Tips

Has a new kitten recently joined your household? Congratulations! Getting a kitten is fun and exciting. Little Fluffy will certainly keep you smiling with her charming antics and adorable meows. Having a baby cat isn’t all fun, however. Our feline friends are quite fragile when they’re little, so you’ll need to take steps to keep your tiny furball healthy and safe. You’ll also want to instill good habits in your kitty now, so she doesn’t grow up with bad habits. In this article, a Moorpark, CA veterinarian discusses kitten care.

Diet

Good nutrition is very important to your baby feline’s health and well-being. Make sure your furry friend is eating high-quality food. Ask your vet for specific nutritional recommendations.

Toys

Your frisky pet will need plenty of fun toys to pounce on and play with. If you give little Fluffy string toys, always put them away when you’re done playing: you don’t want to take a chance on your furball getting tangled up.

Veterinary Care

Proper veterinary care is very important. Your little one will need microchipping, spay or neuter surgery, vaccines, and an exam. You’ll also want to get your furry friend started on parasite control. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule. At home, watch carefully for any signs of illness. Kittens can get sick very fast! Contact your vet immediately if you notice any possible symptoms of sickness.

Petiquette

This is the time to teach your kitten proper manners. Get your feline buddy a good scratching post, or, better yet, a cat tower, and offer her praise and toys when she does. It’s also important to discourage rough play. It might be cute now when little Fluffy pounces on your foot, but it won’t be cute when she grows up! Never punish your furball for misbehaving: simply reprimand her in a firm tone of voice, and then ignore her for a while. Sooner or later, your playful pet will get the hint.

Cuddles

Now for the fun part! Spend lots of time with your new furbaby. Pet her, talk to her, and play with her, and let her snuggle up with you for naps. This will help little Fluffy feel safe and loved, and will strengthen the bond of love between you.

Do you have any questions or concerns about your kitten’s health or care? Call us, your Moorpark, CA animal hospital, today!

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