Everyone loves a brand new baby pet, whether this is a teeny tiny pup or a dinky kitten. Over on my Instagram, I’ve been very active on sharing all things pets, as Lewis & I were lucky enough to have gotten a kitten in July of last year. We’re about to reach breeding season yet again, which means that your hearts are going to be melting over the new litters. However, before you get too eager and your swept off your feet, here are some tips you need to know before buying.
Firstly, we started off by researching different cat breeders. Going on numerous websites and messaging sellers who were certified breeders and thoroughly checked is a must. It’s important you do this so your kitten/puppy has been properly looked after in their first 8 weeks. Animals need to have been vetted along with their first set of immunisations and flead/wormed. We were lucky enough to find a professional breeder who had a lot of experience and also had a passion for cats. Through this, we were able to visit Angus as many times as we wanted during his first 8 weeks of life and regular updates were kept.
Research your breed
Angus is a British Blue Shorthair cat which means he’s ‘designed’ to stay indoors. This is because he is a pedigree breed and they’re known to be naturally rubbish climbers (which we’ve seen first hand and is actually quite funny). He was born on the 4th of May 2019 and we brought him home on the 4th of July. Before we brought him home, we did a lot of online research which included their personality traits (pros and cons) and special needs they may require; for example, any specialised food in their diets and potential health risks. This prepares you for the unexpected and gives you an idea on the costs of food and potential vet treatment in the future.
Understand the needs of a kitten
As the old saying goes ‘a puppy isn’t just for Christmas’, it’s the same for a kitten. Our situation works well because even though I work full-time, Lewis works from home which means he can always be around and a little more hands on. There is no point getting a kitten if no one is going to be around in the house for hours on end. Kittens need constant attention and training, whether this is to play or getting them into a toilet and food routine.
Think of every factor
Remember, you need to be financially stable in order to look after a new bundle of joy. Think about pet insurance costs, what vets you’re going to be registered with, cost of food per month. Not to forget litter and toys for physical activity. Our breeder recommended a non-profit vets which meant that we don’t have to pay any consultation fee, just treatment which is AMAZING. I would highly advise you try and find one as it saves so much money. Remember, you’re going to have to take your kitten for updated vaccinations. Without these, the insurance policy usually isn’t valid.
Try a routine
For the first 10 months-1 year, your kitten will be indoors. At this point, they’re too young to go exploring yet and need to learn some valuable lessons. A routine worked wonders for us. Kittens tend to nap a lot but for short periods of time, they then wake and it’s PLAY PLAY PLAY! All until they crash again. Night time will be hard for the first few weeks because to them, there is no such thing as 3am. It’s just all too exciting. We gradually started putting Angus in the kitchen/downstairs at night time. There was access to everything he needed and he soon learnt when bedtime was. As long as they establish a bedtime and don’t keep you up all night, they will then link it to food. First thing in the morning, food! Mid-day? Snack then sleep! Bed time? Dry food! Of course, persevere with this!
This was one of the biggest struggles we encountered. When Angus came home to us, he was already litter trained by the breeder. However, when put in a new environment, a insy-winsy kitten can become confused and get toilet anxiety. This can be due to a completely different litter tray in a new place and the type of litter that is being used. Angus proved to us he was capable of using his litter tray but there were times where he would decided to wee on the bed. This was a nightmare, because of course, cat wee does smell. The key is to not get angry. Instead, whenever I saw Angus hover near the bed, I’d pick him up and pop him in his litter tray. A few accidents later, and lots of being placed in the litter tray, we cracked it. Yes, I did have to put a shower curtain over the bed for a while for that extra waterproofness. I couldn’t afford to buy another duvet!
If you have anymore questions that weren’t covered in this post, leave a comment below. I’ll get back to you as soon as possible!