New Kitten Tips & What To Expect | Hill's Transforming Lives

What To Expect From Your First Kitten

There are many adorable moments in welcoming a kitten in your life, from them taking great pride in cleanliness to their tendency to become independent, low-maintenance pets when they grow up. That’s why it’s always a good idea to put the time in to enjoy your cute and playful kitten while they’re highly energetic and entertaining to be around. After all, as they go on to live into their teens and adult years with you, they’ll usually need less of your attention and time as they keep themselves busy (usually napping).

So, what can you expect right off the bat? Here are 3 top tips on how to get your kitten settled in just right. After all, this will help them grow into robust, happy cats with healthy habits and instincts:

1. Let’s Talk Litter

To start, it’s a good idea to have a few litter trays placed around the household when your kitten is new. You’ll want them within easy reach of a loo during their initial roamings. While most kittens will already be quite familiar with using a tray from adult cats, or their brothers and sisters, encouraging a cat to go in the right place is usually easy. Simply help them learn by placing them in the tray after eating or when they first wake from naps. In general, watch for signs that they’re looking for the toilet. While using the litter is instinctual, the more “whoopsies” you catch for your kitten, the quicker the overall training.

2. Medical Gameplanning

It’s helpful to strategise for your kitten’s regular vet visits upfront. Set reminders for required check-ups and vaccinations, then one for neutering at 6-months old. Check in daily with your kitten for any early signs of sickness and get them to medical attention right away if something seems off. Time is of the essence when their little bodies are under strain.

3. Diet & Nutrition

Your choice of kitten food is a very important part of taking care of your new furry friend’s health and wellbeing. This is also something to discuss with your vet. They need to grow and develop into well-adjusted cats, which requires the right nutrition at the right stages of their lives. Luckily, finding precisely balanced foods appropriate for your kitten’s age is so easy with our range of Hill's Kitten Food.