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What are some suggestions for taking care of a kitten?

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Kitten care involves providing a warm bed, nutrient-rich food, veterinary care and litter box training. Because of their size and curiosity, kittens also need plenty of supervision to ensure they do not get hurt, stuck or in an otherwise dangerous situation.

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A warm, cozy bed provides a sense of security and helps a small kitten keep its body warm. A small cat bed is an option, as is a box lined with a warm blanket. A quiet spot away from the action and traffic is ideal for a small kitten.

Nutrition is a key part of caring for a growing kitten. Food formulated for kittens provides the protein and fat necessary for development. Kittens need food two or three times during the day to get their fill. Keeping dry food available in a shallow bowl allows the kitten easy access. Either dry or wet kitten food is suitable.

Kittens need regular checkups with a veterinarian to ensure they grow and develop properly. The vet can identify any potential health or growth problems. Kittens also need vaccinations to prevent potential health problems. The vet also spays or neuters the kitten after it reaches 8 weeks and weighs at least 2 pounds.

A large litter box is best for litter training a kitten. The litter box needs to be low enough for the kitten to enter on its own. Placing the kitten in the litter box at times when it is likely to go to the bathroom helps with the training.

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