15 More Things You Should Know Before Adopting a Kitten

Howdy all, My wife and I have had cats and kittens for over 30 years and have forgotten many of the things indicated in this report. We are presenting 15 more things you should know before adopting a kitten. If you missed our first article, check it out here  TOP 15 things you should know before getting a cat 

16. There are many house plants that could be toxic to your cat.

There are many house plants that could be toxic to your cat.

Be sure to rehome any houseplants that might be toxic to her before you bring your kitty home. Refer to this list of harmful plants when cat-proofing your home.

17. Grapes, raisins, avocado, yeast dough, and raw meat are all harmful to your cat.

Grapes, raisins, avocado, yeast dough, and raw meat are all harmful to your cat.

Refer to the full list of foods to keep away from your kitty so you know how to keep your new buddy safe, happy, and healthy!

18. Milk will actually upset your cat’s stomach because most cats are lactose intolerant.

Milk will actually upset your cat's stomach because most cats are lactose intolerant.

19. Cats are relatively clean but if you brush and comb your cat frequently, it will reduce the amount of hairball incidents you run into.

Cats are relatively clean but if you brush and comb your cat frequently, it will reduce the amount of hairball incidents you run into.

20. Meows are hardly heard between two cats — so pay attention when your kitty is meowing, because he’s talking to YOU.

Meows are hardly heard between two cats — so pay attention when your kitty is meowing, because he's talking to YOU.

21. To clean your cat’s ear, place a bit of ear cleaner recommended by your vet on a cotton ball and “gently wipe away any earwax or debris.”

To clean your cat's ear, place a bit of ear cleaner recommended by your vet on a cotton ball and "gently wipe away any earwax or debris."

NEVER clean the ear canal because it could cause infection or trauma for your cat.

22. Brushing your cat’s teeth can be a difficult task, but it should be done as often as possible.

Brushing your cat's teeth can be a difficult task, but it should be done as often as possible.

It’s important to keep those pearly whites clean to prevent gingivitis and other diseases. Get a pet-friendly brand of toothpaste and NEVER use human toothpaste on your kitty.

23. The pads on your cat’s feet are highly sensitive.

The pads on your cat's feet are highly sensitive.

Protect those paws, especially in extremely cold and hot weather.

24. Keep your cat’s eyes clean by taking a damp cotton ball and wiping away any debris or gunk around his eye.

Keep your cat's eyes clean by taking a damp cotton ball and wiping away any debris or gunk around his eye.

Always wipe AWAY from the corner of the eye.

25. Water is the most important nutrient for your cat so make sure your little buddy has access to it at all times!

Water is the most important nutrient for your cat so make sure your little buddy has access to it at all times!

In addition, your kitty also needs proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals, so make sure you pick a high-quality brand of cat food!

26. Letting your cat outside is NOT recommended unless you have a harness and lead.

Letting your cat outside is NOT recommended unless you have a harness and lead.

Letting a cat venture out on his own is dangerous: He could get lost, hit by a car, get into fights with other animals, or contract a disease or parasite. Should you decide to let your buddy have outdoor adventures make sure he wears a safety collar that can break away if it gets stuck on anything.

27. Check your cat for fleas and ticks weekly, and talk to your veterinarian about the best flea and tick control for your cat.

Check your cat for fleas and ticks weekly, and talk to your veterinarian about the best flea and tick control for your cat.

28. Check with your veterinarian about the necessary vaccinations as well.

Check with your veterinarian about the necessary vaccinations as well.

You should visit your vet within the first week of bringing your cat home, and then for yearly check-ups to make sure your buddy is healthy and living her best life!

29. Be aware of Feline Urological Syndrome.

Be aware of Feline Urological Syndrome.

Both female and male cats are capable of developing “lower urinary inflammation.” Symptoms include frequent litter box trips, pain or difficulty urinating, and sometimes blood in the urine. Keep an eye on your kitty!

30. Trick: If you have a kitten and he doesn’t want to eat, try “soaking his kitten food in warm water.”

Trick: If you have a kitten and he doesn't want to eat, try "soaking his kitten food in warm water."

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