Kitten Care 101

Has a baby cat just joined your household? Congratulations! There are few things in the world as cute as kittens. There are also few things as prone to mischief! Here, an Orangevale, CA vet offers some helpful kitten care tips.


As you probably know, kittens are super frisky. Little Fluffy will be very interested in experimenting with all of her claws and teeth, and perfecting her jumping and pouncing skills. Offer your tiny furball lots of toys, and take time to play with her every day.

Veterinary Care

Your cute little pet will need to go to the vet a few times during that first year. We recommend that all of our feline friends be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and kept current on their vaccinations and parasite control products. At home, it’s also important to watch for signs of sickness, such as hiding, vomiting, fever, and lethargy. Kittens are very fragile, and can get sick quickly, so be sure to contact your vet right away if you notice anything wrong.


Little Fluffy has a lot to learn about the world, and will be very interested in exploring it. Unfortunately, your cute pet’s sense of adventure can lead her right into trouble. Remove potentially dangerous items, such as toxic plants; chemicals; plastic bags, wrappers, and ties; small or sharp objects; medicine; and chemicals, such as household cleaners and automotive products. Ask your vet for more information.


Your furball may be very tempted to practice her hunting skills on your fingers and toes. Don’t let your feline pal grow up thinking this is acceptable, as it can be quite dangerous in adult cats. If little Fluffy pounces on you, tell her ‘No’ firmly, or squirt her with water, then ignore her for a while.


Little Fluffy’s toddler phase won’t last long, but while it does, she’ll be able to fit into some very small spaces. Get into the habit of checking beneath blankets and chairs before sitting down. You also want to keep large appliances closed when not in use.


Make sure your kitten feels loved and safe by paying lots of attention to her, and letting her snuggle up with you for naps. Kitten purrs are truly precious!

Do you have questions about your kitten’s health or care? Contact us, your Orangevale, CA pet hospital, today. We are here to help!

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