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Kittens For Dummies

By: Dusty Rainbolt Published: 08-13-2019

Who can resist the charm of a kitten, those energetic, curious creatures whose cuteness factors fall somewhere between adorable and irresistible? But as animal shelters across the country can attest, those enchanting balls of fluff quickly mature into full-grown cats with their own requirements for healthy, happy lives.

Kittens For Dummies is your source for understanding what you can expect if you decide to welcome a high energy and high maintenance four-legged friend into your home. You'll not only figure out if you're ready to fit a kitty into your lifestyle, but also how to go about

  • Adopting or buying the right kitten for you
  • Making sure your home is kitten-proof
  • Introducing your new pet to children and other pets
  • Preventing and treating feline illnesses
  • Dealing with behavioral issues
  • Rescuing an orphaned kitten

Books abound about kitten care. Unlike many of themÂthose that seem to require a veterinary medicine degree to figure outÂKittens For Dummies explains everything in plain, everyday English. And like the subject itself, this handy reference is full of fun. In entertaining, informative language, the friendly guide gives you the real deal on

  • Doling out plenty of love, attention, and patience
  • Deciding whether kitty will be allowed to explore the outdoors
  • Making your kitten comfy with the right supplies and accessories
  • Knowing how often to ring the dinner bell
  • Recognizing emergencies that call for quick trips to the veterinarian
  • Locating qualified caretakers when you travel
  • Nurturing kitty into adulthood

Before you take the giant leap into kitten ownershipÂa wonderful and sometimes chaotic worldÂcheck out the expert advice in a resource that's bound to become as constant a companion as your purr-fect pet.

P.S. If you think this book seems familiar, youÂre probably right. The Dummies team updated the cover and design to give the book a fresh feel, but the content is the same as the previous release of Kittens For Dummies (9780764541506). The book you see here shouldnÂt be considered a new or updated product. But if youÂre in the mood to learn something new, check out some of our other books. WeÂre always writing about new topics!

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Kittens For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Cheat Sheet / Updated 03-28-2022

Who can resist a kitten — a fuzzy bundle of mad antics and big, winsome eyes? If you’re contemplating getting a kitten, you need to know what traits to look for, what supplies to have on hand, and what to watch out for — both in your home and in your kitten’s behavior — so that your feline friend stays happy and healthy.

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Questions to Ask Your Vet When Your Kitten Is Sick

Article / Updated 04-26-2016

The veterinarian is your kitten’s friend, although an animal care pro you don’t want to see all the time. If your kitten has to visit the vet for an illness or injury, ask your vet these questions to explore your options and to consider safeguards against future visits: How much will this cost? What are my treatment options? How long before I can expect improvement? How do I give her the medicine (and what are the doses)? Are there any side effects I should watch for? Will she get worse before she gets better? Besides giving her medication is there anything I can do to make her more comfortable? What other symptoms might she come down with related to this condition? Does she need a follow up appointment? Does she need to be confined or quarantined? Is she contagious to the other cats, dogs, kids, and so on? Will this affect her long-term health? How can I keep this from happening again?

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Providing the Basics for Your Kitten

Article / Updated 04-26-2016

The day your new kitten comes home to stay is bound to be memorable and, hopefully, fun for all involved. To make your pet feel right at home from the start, be sure to have these feline-friendly items on hand: Sturdy carrier High quality kitten food Litter box, unscented cat litter, and scoop Shallow food bowl and deep water bowl (neither should be made of plastic) Sturdy scratching post or cardboard scratcher Safe toys (without sewn-on bells or eyes that can be chewed off) Brush/comb Nail clipper

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How to Detect Kitten Emergencies

Article / Updated 04-26-2016

You usually don’t have to do much to keep your kitten healthy. But kittens are rambunctious, not to mention curious, and your small feline bundle of fur may encounter something that necessitates a quick trip to the vet. Emergency care is required for everything from eating something she shouldn’t to catching the feline flu. Take your kitten to the vet immediately if you notice Bleeding you can’t stop Difficulty breathing Unconsciousness or lethargy Staggering or seizures Bloody pee or poop Pooping more than twice in an hour or straining in the litter box with no results Repeated bouts of vomiting in a short time or diarrhea with vomiting Signs that she’s swallowed something poisonous such as mouth irritation, drooling, vomiting, seizures, or fever Signs of pain, such as swelling or inability to use her leg If you suspect that your kitten has swallowed something toxic, call ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 800-342-9293 or 888-426-4435. The call costs $50, but it could save your kitten’s life.

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How to Choose a Kitten for a Pet

Article / Updated 04-26-2016

When picking out a kitten, you want to find one that’s healthy, happy, and ready to be a positive addition to your family. You want a kitten that demonstrates Curiosity — this goes without saying, doesn’t it? Friendliness Playfulness Purring Comfort with being picked up A mouth with healthy, pink gums Pass on a kitten with the following warning signs, which tell you she’s not healthy or well socialized: Listlessness Gooey eyes, running nose, or sneezing Visible third eyelid (like a film or goo on the inside corner of his eye) Crusty stuff around butt or runny poop Skin scabs or missing fur Black stuff in the ears Fleas or flea dirt Thin with potbelly An incorrigible nipper or hard biter Frightened or shy

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How to Avoid Things That Will Hurt Your Kitten

Article / Updated 04-26-2016

As much as your kitten has his own personality, he is not a person, and things that you use or eat every day can be very bad news for your kitten should he swallow them. This table lists foods, medicines, and other items to keep out of kitten’s reach. Foods Human Medicines Miscellaneous Dog food Tylenol (acetaminophen) Liquid potpourri Tuna Advil (ibuprofen) Pine cleaners Onions Aspirin Dog flea products Grapes & raisins Pepto Bismol Tobacco Yeast dough Sunburn relief sprays Lilies (any species) Alcoholic beverages Naproxen Antifreeze Avocado Pseudoephedrine (decongestants) String

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