To raise a kitten, you need to use the same philosophy as you would when raising a child. Do not treat your kitten as you would an adult, reward good behavior, socialize her, and take her to a veterinarian early and often to keep her in good health.
- Don't treat a kitten like a cat
A kitten requires completely different care from an adult cat. Kittens go through various stages of development through the first year. By eight weeks of age, a kitten is weaned and ready to eat kibble. Playing is a priority, but a kitten needs to be supervised to ensure its safety. Keep the kitten in a safe and enclosed room when you are unable to watch it. Between two and four months of age, a kitten grows rapidly and needs three or four meals a day.
- Socialize and reward good behavior
It's important to socialize a kitten to avoid having a nervous adult cat. Expose the kitten to loud noises, and introduce the kitten to strangers as well as other cats. Pet your kitten frequently, and reward good behavior with treats.
- Take the kitten to see a veterinarian as soon as possible
Preventive care is very important for the health of a kitten. Prior to being exposed to other animals, a kitten should be vaccinated. Schedule the first vet visit within the first week of acquiring the kitten.