100 Things You Should Know About Cats & Kittens by Steve Parker
A Comprehensive Guide to Bringing Home a Kitten
But it can also be dangerous for kittens, with more and more kittens needing our help. We have resources to help people who find kittens outdoors. Learn how to help them at alleycat. If you find kittens outside, know that mom is probably close by. If you have the time and resources, you can humanely trap mom and kittens and foster them. If mom is not friendly, she should be spayed and returned to her outdoor home.
This makes them completely dependent on mom for their tiny little lives. Kittens conserve their energy by sleeping an average of 18 hours a day! That gives them plenty of fuel for growing strong and quickly into the adult cats we know so well. Even more interesting is the fact that a certain growth hormone is only released during sleep, which is why they must rest to grow. Because of this, they rely very much on a strong sense of smell that develops when their eyesight and hearing does. Kittens can be right- or left-pawed, the same way people are right- or left-handed.
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When it comes to raising kittens, the philosophy is pretty similar to that of bringing up children. So if you recently adopted a kitten, start incorporating this advice as soon as possible. Just as a human infant has vastly different needs than a teenager, a kitten will have care requirements distinct from those of a fully matured cat. Now when I foster kittens I do everything I can to get them exposed to as much as possible — loud noises, walking on leashes, strangers, you name it! It all helps them become better-adjusted, healthy adult cats. Consider trying some of these training and socialization methods:. To help ensure your kitty has a lifetime of good health, start early in providing her with preventive care:.
From Kittens For Dummies. Who can resist a kitten — a fuzzy bundle of mad antics and big, winsome eyes? But kittens are rambunctious, not to mention curious, and your small feline bundle of fur may encounter something that necessitates a quick trip to the vet. Take your kitten to the vet immediately if you notice. Pooping more than twice in an hour or straining in the litter box with no results. The day your new kitten comes home to stay is bound to be memorable and, hopefully, fun for all involved.