Cute Baby Kittens
Thinking of getting a new kitten? When you get a pet, the responsibility towards it is no less than that of caring for a child. If you are considering getting a new kitten there are things to consider before you bring it home. Some cats can live as long as 20 years so it is not a decision to take lightly. Besides being able to commit to taking care of the cat for its lifetime, there are a few other important decisions that you will need to make.
- Allergies are an issue for many people. An allergy to cats can be brutal when there’s a cat in the home. Nothing can break the heart of a child quicker than introducing a new pet then, finding out that it cannot stay. Make sure that family members have had at least some exposure to a cat prior to bringing one home.
- Many cats live to be around 20 years old. That’s a long time to be obligated to a pet. For most of these years, the cat will be mature and be a welcome member of the family.
- Kittens are babies too! Introducing a kitten into a home with a small toddler can be an appealing idea. Keep in mind that babies learn from their play. While both a toddler and a kitty ar still babies, they play very differently.
Reasoning with a toddler is a challenge, but it is much easier than trying to reason with a kitten. You may find that you kitty will learn some unacceptable methods of play. Kittens naturally use their claws during play. Toddlers naturally bang and chew everything in sight.
This difference in their natural methods of play could be an issue since the toddler will unknowingly teach the kitty to play roughly. If you choose to introduce a kitty into your home with a toddler, be prepared for a kitten that plays by scratching and biting.
- Kittens grow quickly. That cunning baby that caught your eye will soon be tearing through your home, climb the curtains and clawing astatine the furniture. This will leave you looking for alternate ways for them to “play”. Consider some options early and save yourself some frustration.
- Kittens ar tough to train. This is not because they are non smart enough to learn. You may have a great deal of luck teaching your kitten to do one or two things. Cats have a natural attitude. They appear to know what you want from them, but they have their own way of doing things. You are there for their convenience and you should know it.
- Kitten-proofing your home. The items that attract a kitten are unlike than the items that attract a child. Kitten proofing is a matter of protecting your home as well as the kitten. Look around at the type of things that may look like a toy to a kitten.
Anything that may be hanging, or trailing, if it moves then it’s a toy to your kitten! Any and all loose wire and cables need to be secured. You may choose to use cable tacks and attach them firmly to walls or on the baseboard, counter top, up desk legs, etc. This is particularly important with any items that may harm your kitty if they should fall.
Trailing plants such as ivy may also need to be secured, although if kitty is attracted to a plant, this could be just as wild to the plant as the kitten!
These days, mini-blinds come with 2 corduroys instead of one uninterrupted cord. This change was due to the hanging hazard associated with the single cord. Check window treatments, lamps, and any other twilled features in your home to ensure that they won’t attract the attention of your new kitten.
Small shiny objects that can be batted around will also attract your kitten. Keep things like jewelry, paper clips, rubber bands, thumb tacks and tread and yarns put away out of kitty’s reach.
Kittens are small and fragile. Like toddlers, they have no construct of danger. Also like toddlers, they are fearless. Taking the time to Limit the potential hazards in your home will create a safer environment for your kitten.