For cat lovers who have just brought home their new kitten, the idea of feeding it with homemade kitten food may seem ridiculous. The fact is that a kitten is just like a human infant baby; it needs certain nutritional needs to develop normally. To start with, kitten’s must get adequate amounts of calcium, protein and fat in their food. Kittens also require taurine, a fatty acid that supports feline eye and heart health. If you think that it is not possible for you to provide your kitten with kitty food, there are alternatives that you can give to it.
In addition to commercially available kitten food, a lot of new pet owners are now using homemade kitten recipes. These recipes are made from either fresh or dehydrated cooked meats or vegetables and include various spices and flavorings such as onions, garlic, hot sauce, vegetable oil, chicken broth, and other seasonings. These kitten food recipes require only plain water and a couple of changes in ingredients to make it taste and smell great.
When making these homemade kitten food meals, remember that they are easy to make, cheap, and nutritious. They are also very tasty and sweet. If your little kittens get over hungry, they will eat less than what they should and thus become obese. However, if you feed them right and give them regular meals along with fresh, wholesome, nutritious meals, they will grow up healthily. You can even take advantage of commercial kitten food by making homemade meals for your young cats.
Please note that a kitten’s nutrition needs are very important, especially in the first 3 months of life when they need essential vitamins and minerals. Always ensure you include the nutrients that they need so that health issues do not arise. If in doubt, always ask a vat.
Learn how to treat kitten worms, ticks and fleas. Cat flea and tick infestation are common especially in the northern part of United States. Kitten worms or as it is commonly called, flea bites, can be transmitted from one animal to another during mating. Fleas lay their eggs on host’s fur where they can hatch and develop into larvae and eventually maggots that migrate into the host animal. The larvae feed off the host animal until there is no Host (Body) left for the next parasitization. At this point the maggot attaches itself to the skin of the animal and begins feeding on blood causing an allergic reaction which will usually last several days.
The most effective treatment for cat fleas and ticks is the use of topical medications and/or worming. Topical medications are those that are applied directly to the skin (allergies often react well to topical applications). There are two types of topical treatment; powders and liquids. The liquids are often better at penetrating the hair shafts and applying to a greater area, while the powders are more easily absorbed through the skin. Although many believe that the best treatment is prevention, it is wise to apply these treatments when you notice that your cat may be developing one of these parasites.
Although it is not proven, some feel that giving kittens worm or tick treatments to prevent the parasites from developing into adults is better than trying to cure them once they have hatched. Prevention, however, is always better than the cure. If you feel that your cat is developing one of these parasites contact your veterinarian who can provide further advice. Remember that prevention is better than the cure. If you are ever unsure about whether your kitten or cat has worms, ticks, or fleas, then please seek immediate advice from your local vet on how to treat kitten worms and ticks.
So why do so many veterinarians still recommend a course of kitten vaccinations, as well as those for a puppy? The answer probably lies in the simple fact that vaccination is part of responsible pet ownership. Kittens and puppies receive significant maternal antibodies from the milk of their mothers. These antibodies are also perfectly designed to guard young animals from bacterial and viral infections as their systems develop, but as they grow older, they prevent the immune system from responding properly to future infections. While they can sometimes prevent serious disease, they often will not protect the animal from common viruses and infections.
The problem occurs when a kitten or puppy receives too many vaccinations at an early age. In some cases, this results in the pet developing an allergy to one of the vaccines, which means that he or she will need to be re vaccinated. This is a very frustrating situation for the pet’s owner, since the pet’s immunity against diseases has already been compromised. The result is that kittens and puppies, even those with the most sophisticated immunizations, can suffer life-threatening situations if they are exposed to unbalanced immune systems. So even if you think your pet is immune to some common diseases, it’s a good idea to double check, especially if your veterinarian has not recommended any kitten or puppy vaccines.
Unfortunately, not all vets make it easy for pet owners to obtain the necessary kitten vaccines. Even with a thorough search, it can be difficult to find one that has a reliable source for them. Fortunately, there are several web sites on the Internet that keep pet owners informed about where they can find kitten and puppy vaccines. They usually contain a complete list of providers of kitten and puppy vaccinations, complete with contact information and vaccination recommendations. Once you have a list of possible locations, you can call each one and obtain price estimates, making it easier than ever before to choose the best veterinarian for your kitten or puppy.
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