Bringing Up a Kitten
Taking on a kitten is an expensive investment, you must ensure that not only are you prepared for the responsibility of a kitten but you can also afford healthcare and maybe insurance.
Initial vaccinations are now about, microchipping about and neutering is around £28 for a male and £37 for a female, not forgetting the wormers and flea treatments.You may want to consider a slightly older kitten or cat from a charity such as the RSPCA. They neuter and vaccinate their cats before they are ready for re-homing.
When chosing a kitten you have lots of factors to think about: male or female, pedigree or non-pedigree, will it be indoors or outdoors, how old will it be when you get it and will it get on with your other animals? Visit the kitten when it is still with it’s mother, check it for any signs of discharge from the eyes, ears and bottom F1 savannah kittens for adoption. The coat should be in good condition and the eyes bright. The kitten should be active and alert and though the smallest one (runt) may look cute it may suffer from health problems.
Very small kittens often suffer broken legs because they have a habit of getting underfoot due to their natural curiousity! Socialisation Kittens which leave their mothers at a very young age may later develop socialisation problems, ideally kittens should be at least 8 weeks old (preferably 12) before they leave their mother. Kittens learn from the mother about the social interactions between cats and humans.
You should always see the kittens with their mother, this will also give you an indication of the mothers temperament which can be genetically passed on. Kittens from a pet shop or breeder which have had little human contact may also develop behaviour problems. Without this early contact between humans and cats they may grow to fear or distrust humans and thus become very independent. This can lead to a kitten with aggression problems.
The first few weeks up to 12 weeks old of your kitten’s life are very important and they should be allowed to meet as many different people, encounter different environments and situations as possible. This will decrease the likelihood of you having a cat with behaviour problems such as nervousness. If you have an enclosed garden, let your kitten explore it. Many people worry about this before the cat is fully vaccinated. However if you take precautions such as checking for other cat faeces and maybe even putting your kitten on a harness so you can control where it goes then there should not be a problem.