5 Important Things You Should Know about Getting a Kitten


Kittens are adorable, playful bundles of joy. Having a kitten around the home makes everything so much more interesting. If you are deciding whether to get a kitten then you must first think about whether you have the time or funds for a pet. A kitten is like a baby; they need constant attention and affection. If you are not there to give it to them, they will feel lonely and sad. Likewise, kittens aren’t cheap. There are lots of things that a kitten needs, which you must provide. It’s not just about food and a litter tray. Kittens are energetic so need things to play with throughout the day. Medical care is not cheap for cats either. If you want to get a kitten and know that you can afford the responsibility, then it is the best thing you will ever do. Having a constant companion is charming. Here are five important things you should know about getting a kitten.

1. Your Kitten Will Miss Home

It is vital that you acknowledge that your kitten might miss home. Remember, your kitten is a baby; he or she has always known life with his or her mom and siblings. Now, he or she has left his or her mother and come to live with you. It is a big change. It’s understandable then that your kitten will cry quite a lot. You might see him or her wandering the home looking for his mom. It will break your heart. Be strong. Give your kitten love and affection, so that he or she does not miss home too much.

2. Indoor Kittens Can Still Get Fleas

You might think that if your kitten has never been outside, then he or she cannot get fleas. That is not the case. Often kittens can get fleas from their mother. If their mom had fleas when she was giving birth to the kittens, then they might get fleas from her. When you first get your kitten make sure that you’re stocked up on flea treatments.

3. Napping Is Normal

Often what surprises people is that kittens nap so much throughout the day. It is likely that your kitten will spend half the day or more napping. Don’t worry. He or she is not ill. Again, you should remember how young your kitten is. Babies sleep all the time when they’re not crying, and so do kittens. Let your kitten nap, they need all the energy they can get.

4. So Is Running Around The House

When your kitten wakes up all hell is about to break loose. After a nap, your kitten will be full of energy and ready to take on the world. You must entertain your kitten with balls and games. Your kitten has an innate instinct to play and attack. Let him or her scratch or chase after a ball for half an hour. After that, he or she will need another nap.

5. You Must Get Pet Insurance

If your kitten gets sick, it will cost you big. Often pet owners try and cut costs by not getting pet insurance. You might save a little each month by doing so, but if your kitten gets ill then, you’ve got a problem. Vet bills are expensive, and you will need to have a lot of money saved to pay them. By getting pet insurance, you ensure that you can treat your cat immediately if he or she gets sick. Compare different pet insurers online. Some only cover pets accidents, whilst others cover sickness too. Make sure you get the right insurance for your animal.

Photo by Nicolas Suzor.

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Paul Tomaszewski is a science & tech writer as well as a programmer and entrepreneur. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of CosmoBC. He has a degree in computer science from John Abbott College, a bachelor's degree in technology from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, and completed some business and economics classes at Concordia University in Montreal. While in college he was the vice-president of the Astronomy Club. In his spare time he is an amateur astronomer and enjoys reading or watching science-fiction. You can follow him on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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