At Animal Oasis of the Rockies in Broomfield, we provide quality veterinary care for the local pet community. We help your pets through all of life’s stages. When it comes to kitten care, we have some specific advice for our clients.

Caring For Your New Kitten

Ideally, kittens under two months old will remain with the mother cat and their siblings. This provides the kittens with nutrition, warmth, and an opportunity to develop their sight and coordination. However, we recognize that it is not always possible to keep kittens with their litters or mothers. If you are caring for a kitten this young, you will need to bottle feed and assist the kitten in eliminating waste, something the staff at our animal hospital can walk you through.

As your kitten grows older, he or she will become more independent, eventually weaning from the mother cat. Older kittens will move to a diet that is dense in nutrients and proteins. A proper diet will provide a great foundation to allow your cat to run, jump, and play in your home. Before your kitten becomes too bold, make sure your home is a safe environment for the little explorer.

Between two and four months old, kittens require up to four feedings per day to get the energy they need to support their growth. If you are unsure if you are feeding your kitten enough, our veterinarian can provide guidance.

When It's Time to Get Veterinary Care For Your Kitten

At around six months old, you may notice changes in your kitten's behavior as your pet reaches sexual maturity. Vocalizations and territorial spraying are among the common symptoms of adolescence in cats. At this point, our veterinarian will recommend spaying or neutering to reduce certain negative behaviors and health issues that can arise.

Vaccinating is an ongoing aspect of kitten care. Your kitten will receive the first immunizations at eight weeks old and will continue to receive vaccinations until four months old. These vaccines cover common issues such as feline distemper, feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and rabies. 

However, you will have to consider more than just feeding and medical care when you have a new kitten in your home. You will need to socialize the kitten with the people and animals in your house to ensure healthy behaviors and cement your bond with the kitten. Petting, grooming, and treats are a great way to build that bond and reward good behavior. You will also want to get your kitten accustomed to the sounds of your household to prevent fearful behavior.