Kitten Care 101

They’re cute and fuzzy new additions to your household, but your kitten needs proper care and training to become a healthy, well-behaved adult cat. This new member of your family relies on your help in the earliest stage of their life. At Precise, we know kittens deserve proper love and care while growing up. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of information to make caring for your new kitten a smooth and successful process.

#1. They’re Vulnerable and Hungry

When born, kittens cannot fully see until their second or third week of life and cannot hear until about four weeks of age. At this most vulnerable stage, kittens need your attentiveness and the mother cat needs your help. When your cat gives birth, she becomes the sole source of protection, warmth and food for her new litter of kittens. You can help out, or tend to orphaned kittens, by making sure each kitten is being fed every few hours and stays warm 24/7. If caring for an orphaned kitten, feed them a kitten milk replacement formula.

#2. Purring is Important

Until their sight and hearing come in, kittens pay close attention to their mother’s purring. A primal instinct, purring is essential for the survival of newborn kittens. The vibrations help the kittens locate their mother as well as one another. While purring, the vibrations can also be used as a way to show and provide comfort. The mother will purr while her kittens nurse as a way to comfort them while they eat and the kittens will then purr back to show their contentment. Doubling as a safety measure, purring also helps cat mothers while delivering their litter. Purring releases endorphins to reduce pain while cats give birth. Instead of crying out in pain and alerting potential predators of her location, the mother cat can keep herself and her litter safe by purring instead.

#3. Why they “Knead” you

Kittens instinctively knead their mother’s side to stimulate milk flow while they are nursing. As they grow up, cats can continue to knead well into adulthood to show contentment, create comfy bedding or mark territory. Even as adults, cats still associate the action or kneading with the security and reward of nursing from kittenhood. This means that if your cat chooses to knead you, they associate you with comfort and feel safe while by your side. That’s a neat way of showing their love, isn’t it?

#4. Changing Diets

After kittens transition away from nursing at about five weeks of age, they require a diet of solid foods that will support their continued growth. A kitten’s weight can more than double in its first few weeks of life and their diets need to accompany this rate of explosive growth. They can now eat wet or dry foods and should be completely weaned by eight weeks of age. Kittens should become accustomed to both wet and dry food so they’re used to the mouth-feel of both and don’t become picky eaters later in life. We recommend Precise Naturals Chicken Meal & Rice formula because it’s high in protein and fiber and your kitten needs both for their transition to adulthood.

#5. Litter Training is Easy

Cats instinctively bury their waste in grainy or sandy material, making them one of the easiest pets to potty train. Good news for kitten owners, your tiny felines will be using the litter box in no time! Kittens can watch their mothers use the litter box and then begin doing so themselves, but also possess the natural inclination to bury their waste. Because kittens are smaller than adult felines, their litter boxes need to be smaller too. Provide a litter box that is easy for your kitten to get in and out of on their own. A good rule to remember, a litter box should be roughly one-and-a-half times the length of your cat so keep that in mind while upgrading your kitten’s litter box.

Now that you’ve read our five tips on kitten care, you should feel confident about the love and care you will provide to your feline. Here’s to starting the foundation of their life out right. What kitten facts can you bring to the table? Leave them in the comment box below!

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We Can Be Pet Heroes, Just for One Day

Did you know that approximately 7.6 million animals enter 13,600 animal shelters in the U.S. each year? Unfortunately, many of these furry friends often face years of poor living conditions, inconsistent care, and limited playtime. Even more upsetting, many of these pets are put down. For every 100 dogs that enter an animal shelter, 31 are euthanized; for every 100 cats, 41 are euthanized.

In 2001, these statistics started a movement in New York—Just One Day. Precise has one of the most fruitful Adoption Kit programs in the industry, and wanted to use this week’s blog post to give you a background on this life-changing movement.

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Tompkins County, NY was the first No-Kill Community in the country. On June 11, 2001, the county and its shelter, the SPCA, dedicated itself to not putting down any adoptable sheltered animals. Tompkins County SPCA has had a near 90% live release rate since.

Following Tompkins County’s success, Just One Day became an initiative that states, “We can be a No Kill Nation for Just One Day.” The movement promotes the notion that if shelters can go just one day without killing animals to clear up space, they can make it two days. And if they can make it two days, they can make it for years—as longs as they take it one day at a time.

At the first Just One Day in 2012, almost 800 shelters participated and saved nearly 9,000 animals. Just last year, several shelters had hundreds of animals adopted and many others had long lines before they even opened for the day.

Just One Day predicts that tomorrow’s event will save more than 10,000 animals. The organization is even giving prizes to shelters that have the most animals adopted to promote the cause.

Interested in learning more? Read the pledge and ask your local shelter to join the commitment to not kill for Just One Day: http://www.justoneday.ws/#!i-pledge/c10zo. A furry friend is waiting to find their forever home, let’s give them a chance.

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Upcoming Event: Celebration of Pets in Sarasota, Fla.

I am thrilled to attend the 1st Annual Celebration of Pets this weekend, sponsored by Pet Pages. I’ll be there handing out Precise samples, listening to the great live music and having a blast with the local pet community! Here’s the event information:

When: Saturday, February 26th, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Sarasota Fairgrounds (Behind Robarts Arena – Fruitville Road) in Sarasota, Fla.

What: The celebration will feature local retailers, national companies, rescue groups, agility & training demonstrations, live music, food and drink, kids activities and a community celebrating their love of pets! There will also be cats, kittens, dogs and puppies for adoption.

For more details, check out the Celebration of Pets event website. This is an exciting family friendly event and I hope to see you there!

Ron Pierle is the Southeast territory sales manager at Precise Pet, and can be reached at rpierle@texasfarm.com. See a photo of Ron and his cat Nala in our Pet Zone image gallery.

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