Resources for New Kitten Owners

The internet can provide a wealth of information about kitten care. Set out on a voyage of discovery.

As the proud owner of a new kitten, you probably have plenty of questions. Even if you’ve raised kittens before, advances in veterinary medicine and feline nutrition make it a good idea to check out the latest and greatest up-to-date information. Whatever your kitten questions and concerns, we’ll help you steer right to the best information out there, in print and in cyberspace.

Health Professionals
Your veterinarian is the most important partner you have in assuring your new kitten’s optimal health. Even if it has already had its first vaccinations and juvenile spay or neuter surgery, it’s wise to set up a “get acquainted” visit. Be sure to bring along any health records you obtained from the breeder or shelter (vaccinations; any health treatments such as medication for ear mites, worms or fleas; surgery reports). A thorough check-up will insure your veterinarian knows your kitten inside and out.

Did you purchase your kitten from a breeder? Their expertise and experience, as well as their special love for your kitten (who they’ll always think of as their “baby”) can be invaluable to you as you get to know your kitten and its special needs – especially breed-specific ones like grooming requirements and breed-related health concerns. You can find out how your little one got along with siblings, what kind of food it was weaned on and which brand of cat box filler it’s used to.

Take a moment to write down this number and post it by your telephone: 1-888-4ANI-HELP (1-888-426-4435) is the hotline into the ASPCA’s National Animal Poison Control Center (NAPCC). Staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by experienced veterinary toxicologists with instant access to a huge database of animal-specific poison information, this is the resource to call upon when seconds count. You pay with any major credit card ($45 per case; follow-ups included.) Or, call 1-900-680-0000, which will be billed at $45 per case as well.

The NAPCC also maintains a fact-filled website. Here, you’ll find lots of information on how to prevent animal poisoning and what to do if you suspect your kitten has been poisoned, as well as complete information on how to access the NAPCC hotlines. You’ll find out about common household toxins and learn what hazards to watch out for in your own kitchen, bathroom, garage, garden and yard. There’s also lots of important information on poisonous plants, foods, medications, household chemicals and insecticides.

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