Kitten Care Checklist

by Andrea Sparks

Feeding:

You need to take care of your kitty's basic needs first, and that includes providing food and water for her. Make sure you have food and water dishes that aren't too tall for a small kitten to eat and drinkout of. You can upgrade to larger bowls when she gets older. Look for bowls made of metal, glass or ceramic, as plastics can harbor bacteria in scratches.

Sleeping:

Cats, especially kittens, spend a large part of their day sleeping and napping, typically 16 hours a day or more. Your new kitten will love to curl up on your lap, but for the times when you're not available, a cozy cat bed is the next best thing. A round or oval shape is ideal for cats who like to curl up as they sleep.

Playing:

Cats of any age are playful, and kittens are even more so. Playing helps them learn important skills, like hunting, balance and self-defense. Even indoor cats can stay healthy and active by playing up their natural instincts. Your kitty will likely run and jump on everything in your house, but you can help her hone her skills by giving her a few cat toys she can swat at. You can get in on the fun and help foster a bond between you and your cat with some interactive toys too, like a laser toy or feather wand.

Cuddling:

Cats are social creatures who thrive off interaction. They love to be petted and have their ears scratched, and these actions also strengthen the bond between owner and pet. New kittens, in particular, need lots of attention and affection because they are used to having a mother and siblings around. Make sure you spend quality time with your kitty every day, petting, playing or even just letting her sleep on your lap.

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