Welcome home to your new kitten! Around 10 weeks is usually the best time to bring your kitten home. Our new owner packs <https://www.easipetcare.com/pet-advice/new-owner-packs/> are full of all the advice and tips you need to give your newest family member everything they need.
Litter training your kitten can start straight away. They should have learned toileting behaviour from their mum and may already be litter trained. The type of litter and tray can be important – ask the breeder what they’re used to.
Kitten vaccinations are a course of injections, usually at 9 and 12 weeks of age. Your kitten may have had the first vaccination by the time you take them home. Two weeks after your kitten has completed the full vaccination course, they will be safe to meet other cats and go outside.
Your kitten can be microchipped at any age – the breeder may already have had this done. It’s important to ensure your kitten is microchipped before it starts to go outside, so you can be contacted if they become lost or injured.
Kittens can go outside once they have been settled in your home for 4 weeks. However, they do not have a very good sense of danger at this young age, and are more at risk of injury. It is best to wait until they are older (between 6-12 months of age) before you let them outside unsupervised.
The best kitten food is a complete, balanced kitten food – you may want to stay with the brand recommended by the breeder, or swap to another brand. If you decide to swap, make sure you wean slowly (over a week) onto the new food to allow your kitten’s tummy to adjust and avoid stomach upsets.
Your kitten still needs worming every month. If your kitten is pooing worms contact us to discuss the correct treatment.
Regular treatment for skin parasites (such as fleas, ticks and mites) is recommended, especially if you have other pets.
Pet insurance for your kitten is a good idea. It helps to give you peace of mind if your kitten is injured or becomes unwell and needs a lot of treatment.