Everything you need to know about choosing a healthy kitten, raising a kitten and dealing with kitten problems

Introduction

A list of things you need for a kitten

What are the
signs of a healthy kitten?

Telling the difference between male and female kittens

The correct - and incorrect ways to handle a kitten

How to deal with aggressive kitten behavior

A list of household dangers for kittens

House training and litter training a kitten

How to tell when a kitten has reached sexual maturity

All about feeding kittens - the do’s and don’ts

How to familiarize your kitten with her pet carrier

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Jill WebbA Little About the Site Author...

My name is Jill Webb - site owner of Looking After Kittens, and a blog called Cat Questions Answered. I also write cat and kitten related articles for Ezine Are6ticles, and was recently awarded “Expert Author” status for my contributions.

Back in 1989 I became the very proud owner of my first kitten - a beautiful tabby called Jasmine. She was rescued from a field where she and her brothers and sisters had been left abandoned.My first kitten Jasmine taken a month after we first brought her home

I am not altogether sure how old she was when we brought her home, but my guess is she was aged around 5 weeks. She was very weak, and certainly too young to have been taken away from her mother.  During the first few weeks of her life I recall sitting up with her during the night, nursing her like a baby, and feeding her through a pipette with constant telephone advice from my local veterinary.

We had some very difficult moments with Jasmine during those early weeks, but we worked through it together - and she went on to be a very much loved part of our family for almost 19 years. Even though I have gone on to have other cats who I love equally as much, I still miss seeing Jasmine’s beautiful little kitten-like face peeping out at me from behind the sitting room curtains in a morning.

The main reason for putting this website together was because whilst searching for information about cats and kittens over the years in an attempt to improve my own knowledge, I have often come across comments and questions posted by frustrated cat owners about what they consider to be a problem with their feline. Like people, cats all have very different natures, but there are certain behaviour patterns which are common throughout the entire cat family. Whilst much of the content of this site focuses on practical issues such as what to feed a kitten and how to keep your kitten safe from household dangers, I have also tried to incorporate information relating to how to understand cat behaviour. Although I do not believe that anyone can ever truly understand the mind of a cat (this is part of what makes them so alluring!) I do think some so called cat problems could be overcome with a little more understanding about the feline species.

As a lifelong cat lover and a cat owner for over 23 years I hope what I have to share with you will be helpful.

You have taken the first step - and decided you would like to find a kitten to welcome into your home. So where do you go from here?

If you walked into a room full of kittens, with their fluffy coats and tiny little meows it would be almost an impossibility to choose one over another. There is something about a kitten which almost everyone finds irresistible. They are quite simply lively, playful and adorable little creatures.

However if you have never owned a kitten before you need to be aware that as with any young animal, a kitten requires a great deal of care and attention. Not only this but there are a number of costs to consider in addition to the day to day essentials you may have already thought about - items such as kitten vaccinations, specialized kitten food and pet insurance.Kittens are quite simply adorable

The aim of this web site is to provide

  • Helpful information about the best ways to choose and take care of a kitten
  • A brief overview of the additional costs associated with owning a kitten
  • How to house train a kitten and keep her safe
  • Practical solutions to common kitten problems.

Although all cats are known for their wonderful independent nature, there are certain steps you can take to train a young kitten to develop good habits around your home.

Training a kitten is not difficult but it does take time and patience. Furthermore the way you care for a kitten has an impact on how they develop as they mature into adulthood. Spending the extra time in the early months of your little feline’s life will make life easier for both of you in the long run.

 

 When you take into consideration that the average life span of a cat is between 12 - 15 years (although some have been known to live into their early twenties), any extra time you can spend in the first 8 months of your kitten’s life will be a real investment.

...And just like kittens, adult cats also have an alluring quality all of their own. They are beautiful and intelligent - affectionate yet aloof all at the same time. Ask any cat lover and they will tell you that once you have welcomed a cat into your home - and you always remember to treat them with kindness and respect - they will enrich your life for as long as they are a part of your family.

Enjoy the journey!

Adult cats are equally as beautiful as kittens

"Queen" Cleopatra - the latest addition to my cat family. (She certainly is treated like royalty by me!)

All content on this site is original and has been written by Jill Webb 2011-2012

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