QUIET TIME: Kittens can go from calm and cuddly to feisty and full of energy at the drop of a whisker. Don’t worry – such abrupt changes are just normal kitty behavior.
In the previous article (“6 most frequently asked questions regarding your new kitten – Part I”), we covered the necessity of vaccinations for your kitten and why you need to deworm them multiple times. Part II will answer the following questions:
• Is there a particular routine I should follow when it comes to grooming my kitten?
• What can I do with my overly energetic kitten?
Is there a particular routine to follow where grooming my kitten is concerned? When you consider how important good grooming and hygiene habits are for human beings, then you should realize that the grooming of your new kitten is equally as important. The following are key areas where you should establish a grooming routine for your kitten.
The bottom line is that regular kitten grooming makes housekeeping easier on you. Believe it or not, those regular brushings that you afford your kitten will help you when it comes to keeping your house cleaner. Additionally, it also helps to prevent your kitten from getting hairballs (the subject of a future article). When it comes to purchasing a brush for your kitten, remember that the length of their coat will determine the type of brush that you purchase. Here’s the rules of thumb for the type of brush you’ll need to buy:
Long-haired coats – wide-toothed combs (help remove the knots in their fur) and wire “slicker” brushes are recommended.
Short-haired coats – “flea combs” (narrow-toothed) and softer brushes work best for shorter length coats since cats with shorter hair normally don’t develop knots in their fur like the longer haired varieties.
Regardless of the type of coat that your kitten has, make sure that you provide your kitten with regular flea and tick baths or preventives. Additionally, a heartworm preventive may be necessary if you reside in a particular geographic region where the existence of the heartworm parasite is a prevalent factor.
What can I do about my overly energetic kitten? First and foremost, you need to realize that your kitten can go from being “knocked-out” asleep to romping around the house like a 4-legged tornado. This is normal behavior. And there are varying levels of that “tornado,” but this shouldn’t be perceived as abnormal behavior. You should also be aware of the fact that there are multiple stages of this during the day. However, for a kitten to be feisty and playful through the night while napping throughout the day is also normal behavior.
Here’s a tip – spend time playing with the kitten and more than just once in a while. You should take on playing with your kitten a couple times daily as being part of your responsibility to them. Granted, playing with your kitten will create a bond between you and them, but it also means that you may be able to get some sleep at night.
Watch for Part III in this series regarding if your kitten is growing properly and the warning signs for when you should take it to the veterinarian.
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