When most of think about taking home a cat, we atomically think about taking home a kitten, and why not? A kitten seems to make perfect sense, a little fluff ball who’ll grow into your household, your life and that of your family. However, for some people an adult cat is a better option. Even if your perfectly setup for a kitten, you should consider an adult as well, for you can find many wonderful pets among the ranks of grown cats, and most never get a second chance to show how perfect they can be.
Here at Petware House, we offer a great selection of kittens from our local community, with a continuous supply of gorgeous fluff balls, on a daily basis. We offer the widest range of kittens in Fort Wayne and ensure each pet is as healthy as possible. We are committed to your pet’s health and offer one month of health coverage through a local Veterinarian Clinique, at no cost to you.
Even non-cat-lovers, can’t look at a kitten without saying “aaaww, cute”. Perhaps it’s big eyes, following all of your moves, or maybe their oversized ears, twitching to and fro. Maybe it’s the playfulness, chasing and pouncing on everything that moves about, or the uncontrollable tousled fur. A kitten is all of these things – and so much more.
Just as with any pet, kittens can be quite a bit of work and aggravation. They can also mean trips to the veterinarian, so be sure to take care of your new pet by feeding it appropriately and providing a secure, safe place. You will also need to put in some effort into training, from ensuring that your kitten understands using the litter box to helping your kitten stay off of counters. Take it step further and kitten-proof your home – or keep your baby confined in a safe part of the house whenever you’re no watching him – then spend a few weeks picking your kitten off the kids, back of the couch, slippers and drapes.
In some cases, a Kitten may not be the best choice for families with very young children or a handicapped individual by age or illness. For all their energy, kittens are fragile and may inadvertently be hurt by young children who don’t understand the concept of “gentle.” Also, a kitten are not suggested for anyone who’s a little unsteady on his or her feet or isn’t able to chase or otherwise keep up with an energetic feline baby.
On the other hand, a cute, cuddly kitten can be perfect for a family with older, more responsible children, or a source of endless entertainment for an active, older audience. Simply look at your current living situation and consider the problems and pleasures a kitten will bring to your home.
Lastly, consider the fact than an adult cat will be on fine on his or her own while alone in the house, while you work – for the most part she’s sleeping away. A kitten needs more time and attention for raising her and for watching over her to her out of mischief.
A possible disadvantage of adopting an adult cat is that you may be choosing a pet with behavioral problems – not using a little box, is a good example. A good shelter, rescue group or breeder practices full disclosure of any known health or behavior problems with the animals up for adoption. Keep in mind that many animals are given up for problems that can be resolved – such as a cat looking at a filthy litter bogs every day and decides to do his business elshwere.
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Adult cats offer some compelling disadvantages and advantages, the most serious disadvantage, being simply that they aren’t as cute as kittens.
Kittens always get away with their silliness because they’re so adorable, but if you suspect you’re going to get tired of having your feet attacked, if you worry about kids not being careful enough, or if you don’t want to be figuring out what your little baby is into every second, an adult cat is a better option for you.
If you choose to adopt an full grown cat, you know exactly what you’re getting. Body type, coat and eye color are set. Laid-back or active, quiet or vocal, demanding or cuddly, an adult cat has already settled into this way and persona. These considerations may not be as important in a pedigreed at, because you know, based on your kittens background and the breeder’s reputation, what your kitten is likely to grow into. However in a nonpedigreed kiteen, those guesses will be anybody’s guess. If your looking for a mellow pet, choose a cat beyond the ants-in-his-pants kitten stage.
Unfortunately, once many adult cat’s are in
a shelter, there is very little hope of getting a second chance as they are typically overlooked for kittens, no matter how healthy, beautiful and well-mannered they are. Kittens are very adorable they’re hard to pass up and so many people never even look at the cages of adult cats when they’re at the shelter.
While an adult cat personality may be set, his affections usually aren’t – a grown up cat will bond with you just as tightly as a kitten does. Adult cats may even be more likely to appreciate you taking them in.
Most individuals still choose a kitten over a cat, such is the power of packaging. But make sure that you aren’t automatically excluding some wonderful pets. Look at kittens, but be sure to have a look at some of the wonderful cats too. Remember that adopting a cat is also a great time and money saver.
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Kitten food should be chosen with great care and not just picked up randomly off a store shelf. Growing kittens need as much as three to four times the calories and nutrients than a full grown cat. That’s why it’s important to find a good quality food, designed especially for kittens. A name brand food, formulated specially for kittens is the perfect way to ensure your pet get’s the nourishment without supplements. Here at Petware House, we carry a great line of food for your kitten in addition to many accessories that are perfect for your pet. Don’t hesitate to drop by and we will be pleased to assist you.
Growing kittens have a ferocious appetite so you’ll want to establish a daily feeding routine. The best way to ensure that you’re not under the over-feeding of your pet kitten is to check with an animal health care professional about feeding amounts and feeding frequencies. At a few months to half a year of age, most will recommend feeding your kitten a few times per day. At the age of six months, you can scale back feeding frequencies to twice per day. Keep stocking your pantry until your new pet reaches adulthood, nine to twelve months old. In addition, don’t forget to keep his water bowl filled at all times with fresh water. But hold the mils. Contrary to popular belief, milk is not as nutritionally sufficient for kittens and can cause some health issues.
Just as with any pet, you must ensure your kitten has a lifetime of good health, start early in providing her with preventative care for long happy, healthy relationship:
Schedule Early Appointments
Be sure to schedule a vet’s appointment within the first week of taking possession of your kitten. Early and frequent vet visit’s will help socialize your kitten with the vet and help your vet establish a baseline for your kitten’s health.
Intestinal Parasites / Fleas / Worms
Your veterinarian will likely suggest checking your kitten for heart works and intestinal parasites, and have her dewormed. This is all very common. While heartworms aren’t much of problem for cats as they are for dogs, some kittens may be susceptible, so be sure to ask your vet if he or she recommends a heartworm preventative program. The largest parasitic threat to your kitten however, is fleas. You can start administering topical flea products when your cat is around eight to twelve weeks of age.
Ask About Vaccinations
At about eight weeks of age, you should have your kitten vaccinated for feline leukemia, rabies and distemper. These shots are typically administered when a kitten is around eight weeks of age, with boosters given every few weeks until the age of sixteen weeks of age. After that, your pet can be setup on an adult vaccination schedule. It’s also possible that your veterinarian will recommend additional vaccinations.
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