The Infant Kitten
Kittens do best when they stay with their mom and littermates until at least 8 weeks of age. It is often beneficial for them to have more time if possible. Adopting a pair of kittens can also be helpful for social wellbeing. For more information about adopting a kitten and links to shelters in the greater Portland area click on the Adoption tab above.
If you want a kitten of a specific gender you need to make sure you can tell the difference. Click on the Gender tab above for photos and description of the anatomy that will help you see what you need to know to pick a boy or a girl with confidence.
Kittens should have a thorough physical exam, begin a series of vaccinations, and receive treatment to elliminate common parasites before or very shortly after joining your household. This first "kitten" visit is an ideal time to discuss feeding routines, and selection of diet.
You may also want to ask about:
- kitten proofing your home and potential hazzards you may not have thought of
- litter pan advice (location, substrate, # of pans etc.)
- introducing the new comer to current residents
- scratching behavior and claw trimming
- future wellness care (vaccination schedule, surgery, physical exams...)
- any other questions or concerns
Veterinary care at this lifestage is especially important to help your kitten get off to a good start. It is not just a matter avoiding serious infectious disease. As with people lifestyle, diet, and environment play an important role in our cats health and well-being. We are always learning something new and old ideas have a way of evolving into new ideas when it comes to best practice in medicine. You will want your new kitten to have a long and happy life. We can help with that.
If you need to raise an orphan kitten or one that was weaned too early click on the Orphan tab. You will find tips that will help and a link to the FAB cats website where there is a detailed article on raising orphans.