So you’ve added a little furry friend to your family and household. This is great as you will soon learn that your pet will become a close friend and companion. But in the meantime, do you know what you have to do in order to take care of your 3 month old kitten?
Even as a young pet, you have a great deal of responsibility now that you have a 3 month old kitten.
But don’t worry, we will guide you through what you need to do in order to keep that kitten healthy and strong.
The Feeding Cycle
Your kitten is growing fast and as a result, it needs to develop a habit of healthy eating as soon as possible. This is your job, as it turns out. By the time you kitten reaches six months of age, it will have developed a food preference.
That’s why it is important at this stage to feed him or her healthy and nutritious meals. What you can do to keep the menu interesting for your kitten is to have the following:
- Two or three different wet foods, in different flavors
- Two or three different dry foods, in different flavors
From this collection of different types of foods, you should provide your 3 month old kitten with three meals a day. Be sure to change the routine from your available choices to keep feeding your kitten a variety of foods.
Handy Feeding Tips
If you have canned leftovers that have been open for more than half-an-hour, toss them out. Dry kitten food can be left in a food dish all day and it won’t go bad and it’ll provide ‘snacks’ for your kitten throughout the day.
Always provide fresh, clean water for your kitten. You may have to change it frequently, but that’s okay. Keep it clean and fresh at all times. Plus, only serve water. Do not feed your kitten milk.
Don’t Forget To Visit The Vet
One way to keep your kitten healthy is to include ongoing visits to see the vet. By the time your feline friend reaches 6 months of age she should be spayed (he should be neutered). Your vet will also teach you about a condition that can affect your kitten known as FLUTD.
FLUTD is Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease and the symptoms that may tip you off include:
- Frequent litter box visits
- Blood in the urine
- Crying or straining during urination
- Inability to void and has the appearance of being constipated
Your kitten will already have had its inoculations but while it is still this young, it would be a good idea to discuss further vaccination shots. Your vet will be able to advise you on what shots your kitten will need and when they will be needed. By following a regular vet visit schedule you will be able to keep your kitten healthy and protected from disease and other possible health issues.
Watch Your Kitten’s Dental Health
The first set of teeth your kitten will have are going to be replaced by adult teeth. Your vet will give your 3 month old kitten a general oral exam to see what condition the gums and teeth are in.
At one point you are going to have to provide regular brushings of the teeth of your kitten. One way to ease it into this is to leave a toothbrush as a cat toy for the kitten to play with.
The point of this is to make your kitten familiar with the item. If your kitten sees the cat toothbrush as a plaything, when you start using one to clean its teeth, it won’t be a stressful experience – for either of you.
Kitten Dental Care Tips
If you smell a strong odor from the mouth of your kitten or it stops eating or starts to paw at its mouth or face, these could be signs of an issue with your kitten’s teeth or gums.
Use tuna water on your finger to encourage you kitten to lick it so you can gently ease your finger into its mouth. This is how you can rub teeth and gums with a toothpaste.
Eventually replace your finger with a specially designed pet toothbrush for cleaning. When brushing, pay particular attention to the gum line when you are brushing your kitten’s teeth.
Add special treats, foods and toys that are recommended to offer dental care for your kitten. Ask for details at your vet’s office or your local pet store.
Changes In Behavior
As your kitten grows to 3 months of age and older, you may notice that it is behaving somewhat different that it did before. If you see aggressive behavior, see your vet to rule out possible injury or illness.
Be sure to provide your kitten with many different toys and ways to burn off energy. Sometimes aggressive behavior comes from stress and some extra play time can help remedy the situation.
If the aggression is towards another furry playmate, now is the time to start introducing corrective measures. All you have to do at this point is to either clap your hands or make some other noise to distract your kitten.
Signs To Watch For In An Annoyed Kitten
Hey, even 3 month old kittens get a little bit anxious and bothered. However, they can’t really tell us that so we need to pay attention to their body language. Here are a few things to watch:
- Ears pinned back with constricted pupils
- Fur raised on back and shoulders and a raised tail
- Tail movements including swishing back and forth or thumping to the floor
- Sitting like a statue with tail wrapped tightly around legs
- Stiff legs, raised rump as if to take someone on
We are trying very hard to not compare having a 3 month old kitten to having a three month old baby, but it does make sense. Both are dependent on us to take care of all their needs. Kittens rely on us to ensure they are fed the right kinds of foods that will build their strength and keep them healthy.
You just can’t feed them anything because early in their lives they are developing their food preferences. Kittens also need us to take care of the dental hygiene, watch their behavior and correct problems when they first start to show. Overall, if you take good care of your kitten, including regular visits to the vet, it will grow up to be a great feline friend.