A check up with your veterinarian is first in line to ensure the health of your new kitten. Kittens are delightful to watch as they explore everything in their new home. However, danger abounds around the house, electric cords, curtains, string, poisonous houseplants, and the list goes on. Try to check the surroundings from a cat’s point of view, and remember that cats are great climbers.

Your new kitten will need a high quality diet designed for kittens. Dry kitten chow is the most economical and has the advantage of providing a rough surface that will help reduce plaque and tartar buildup on your cat’s teeth. Keep fresh water available at all times.

While cats do a good job of grooming themselves, regular brushing to prevent matting of hair is important.

Toys are important also. Pet shops have a wide range of toys especially made for kittens and cats. A scratching post should be considered as cats have a natural tendency to sharpen their claws. Better a scratching post than your furniture.

MARL does NOT approve of declawing your cat. Instead use a product such as Soft Paws. Developed by a Veterinarian, Soft Paws are safe and Non-Toxic. Most cats don’t even know they’re wearing them.