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How To Care For A Kitten

Kittens are adorable and playful pets that bring oodles of kitty fun into any household. However, there are a number of important points to remember when bringing your kitten home.

Dr. Melissa Meehan lets you know how best to handle your cute and cuddly little cat...

Top Tips

  • Ensure your home is kitten destruction proof and safe. Play areas should be free of electrical cords, easily falling objects and anything that may be too tall for your kitty to climb.
  • Sit down when playing with your kitten. A common kitten injury is accidently getting stepped on and great care needs to be taken when a kitten is underfoot.
  • Cats love to use their claws to climb and scratch, which can get them stuck in uncomfortable positions and awkward places. To release their firm grip it is best to press softly on their paw. Do not pull or yank on your kitten in order to prevent injury.
  • Kittens are small and delicate. Pick up your kitten carefully and use both hands to make sure you have a secure yet soft grip.

To ensure a healthy and happy kitten keep vet visits and vaccinations up to date.

How do I toilet train my cat

I rescued an adult female, desexed cat six months ago. Apparently she’s always been an outside cat. I have another cat who is mostly indoors and I would only let outside during the day if I was home. Luna didn’t like being indoors and wasn’t using the litter tray properly. I had her confined in the bathroom for a few days to get use to it and she would go next to it, rarely in it. She will sometimes use a tray otherwise will urinate or poop on the floor. I am at wits end. I have two trays, I’ve changed the type of litter, put dirt in the tray, picked up the poop and put it in the tray to show her that where it goes. I’ve used spray in the tray to attract her to want to use the tray. I bought felliway diffuser which is meant to calm cats and have also used the rescue remedy drops in her food. I’ve recently moved house where there is a cat enclosure so she can go in and out when ever she pleases but still goes in the kitchen (as I now close the bathroom door when she started going to the toilet in there), but tonight I noticed she’s been going in the spare room if anything is left on the floor which is carpeted. So I’ve now cleared that whole room to prevent her from going to the toilet. She is still going in the kitchen. I’ve tried cleaning the area and eliminating her scent by using water and vinegar then once dry use bi carb soda and hydrogen peroxide and it has made no difference. She’s been tested for a bladder infection which came up negative. I love animals. I have another cat which she now gets along with and two dogs which she is still getting use to. I don’t know what else to do and I don’t want to give her up but feel like I will have no choice.