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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.

Hip Surgery for rescued puppy

2 weeks ago whilst we were in Fiji we rescued an abandoned puppy that we estimate is about 3 months old. She was starving, filthy, covered in ticks and could barely stand or walk. We fed her, washed her, removed all ticks and just gave her love. We called her Pretzel as she was so skinny when we found her that all her bones were sticking out and her hip bones looked like a big twisted pretzel and her long skinny legs looked like Pretzel sticks. Our intention was to find her a home in Fiji but after a week or so she had gained weight, but we noticed that her left hip bone was still protruding and that when she walked we noticed that her left back foot turned out slightly. Also, when she ran she would use both back legs together and hop like a bunny. We took her to an animal shelter in Fiji called Animals Fiji and they examined her and advised that they thought it might be dislocated. They X-rayed her and then sedated her to try and manipulate the bone back into the socket. This was unsuccessful. The vet advised that it appeared that the end of the bone where the ball should be round was malformed either from a trauma/injury when young or by birth. He advised that he does not have the equipment in Fiji to treat her properly and that she would need surgery to correct the bone and to tighten the ligaments to her support her leg. We are exporting her to Australia on the 7th of March and are trying to raise some funds to assist us. We are hoping that you can assistance to find a Vet in Melbourne that could assist with the operation at a reasonable price.