Did you know that fall is often called kitten season? Although our feline friends can give birth at any time of year, the time between April and October tends to be a peak time for kitten arrivals. Fall is actually a perfect time to bring an adorable meowing furball into your home. However, it can also be dangerous. In this article from Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO animal clinic, serving Louisville, CO and surrounding areas, a vet discusses autumn kitten care.
Keep your pint-sized pet in mind as you decorate. Those leaf garlands, for example, can be dangerous for kittens, as they can get tangled up. You’ll also want to put things like candies and candy wrappers, candles, and other potentially-hazardous decorations in spots your furry little friend can’t get to.
Offer Warm Spots
Kittens can get chilly quickly in cool weather. Make sure that little Fluffy is always warm and dry. She should also have plenty of comfy, cozy napping spots. That includes lap space!
Playing is great for bonding with little Fluffy. It will also tire her out and keep her entertained and (hopefully) out of trouble. Take a few minutes a day to hold a laser pointer or string toy for your tiny buddy.
Keep Fluffy In
The Great Outdoors can be very dangerous for a little ball of fur. Little Fluffy may be interested in exploring, but she’s at risk from several potential threats, including cars, weather, and wild animals. Teach your feline pal that she lives indoors.
Kittenproofing is a definite must! Anything small or sharp is a concern, as are plastic bags and wrappers, chemicals, and anything with ropes or cords. You’ll also need to seal off spaces behind cabinets. Keep large appliances, like dryers and toilets, closed when you aren’t using them.
Watch For Illness
Adult cats are usually fairly hardy, but kittens can get very sick, very fast. Keep an eye on little Fluffy. If you notice anything off, such as coughing, fever, or respiratory issues, call us right away.
Little Fluffy needs to feel loved and safe. Snuggling is a great way to do that. Enjoy some quiet cuddle time with your fuzzy buddy on those chilly days.
Do you have questions about kitten care? Contact Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your local Boulder, CO animal clinic, serving Louisville, CO and surrounding areas, anytime!