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How to keep your kitten in good health

Keeping your kitten in good health will ensure they live a long and happy life. Take a look at these top tips to help get you started.

Parasite prevention

Worms, fleas and ear mites can all cause irritation to a kitten and if left untreated, they can cause infections and make a kitten very ill. Kittens should be given a course of worming and flea treatment to prevent these parasites becoming a problem. Ear mites can affect a lot of kittens, but they might not always be an issue. Dark flecks in the ears are a sign of ear mites. If your kitten appears irritated by them, speak to your vet about treatment.

Feline vaccinations

All kittens will require vaccinations against feline infectious enteritis, feline calicivirus, feline leukaemia virus and feline herpes virus. These diseases are potentially life-threatening, so it’s important to get your kitten immunised.

Exercising your kitten

Kittens are often naturally boisterous and inquisitive. Feed their sense of adventure by playing with them regularly and providing plenty of toys that they can use to develop their natural desire to hunt. Exercise is good for both their physical and mental health.

Kitten food

Consider feeding your kitten food that is suited to their age – special kitten food will provide the right amount of nutrients their growing bodies will need. Speak to your vet if you’re unsure of how much to feed them and keep treats to a minimum. 

Keeping your kitten hydrated

Kittens can get a lot of their water from their food if they are fed a wet food diet, but they will still need access to a fresh water source, especially during hot weather. Refresh the water in their bowl regularly or provide a constant supply of fresh, running water using a pet water fountain or dripping tap.

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