I can tell you from personal experience that there are a lot of ups and downs in the process of raising a kitten. My family and I recently adopted a 3 month-old kitten named Lucas and, by golly, is he a cutie. New kittens aren’t all fun and games though. Here are a few things you should know before taking on a new feline family member.
- Kittens have a lot of energy. Adopting a cat might seem like the more relaxing pet choice, but remember that kittens are kind of like kids. They love to run around and explore, so they need to have some space.
- Kittens play rough. Just like human babies, kittens explore the world with their mouths. Unlike human babies, kittens have sharp teeth. It’s important to give a new kitten plenty of chewable toys, because their bite is definitely worse than their bark.
- Kittens don’t have manners. Many people prefer cats to other pets because they mostly take care of themselves, but there’s a downside to their independence. They’re not very obedient. They climb on furniture, sit on countertops, steal socks, and love playing with anything you might leave lying around. Cats in general don’t respond to scolding as well as some other pets. If you’re not dedicated to teaching him or her the rules, your kitty will walk all over you, literally and figuratively.
- Kittens are relatively low maintenance. They don’t need to be walked and most don’t require constant attention. All a pet owner really needs to do for a kitten is provide food, water, and a frequently cleaned litter area. Throwing in a few toys is essential too, but they don’t have to be expensive cat toys. A cardboard box is just as entertaining for a kitten as anything you can buy at a pet store.
- Kittens are sleepyheads. A well-trained kitten can be a lifelong napping buddy. Cats spend the majority of their hours sleeping, and there’s not much better than settling down to your favorite TV show with a snoozing kitten on your lap.
- Kittens are loving. They like human attention. After a long day of playing, kittens love to snuggle up to their human companions. If a kitten fits your lifestyle, and you fit his, your relationship can be a loving one for both of you.