Caring For A Kitten For The First Time

Caring for a kitten is a big job for any child, and there is nothing like the responsibility of that first pet. Every child has in his or her life that very first pet that he remembers for the rest of his life, and those first experiences color every new experience to follow. Given the monumental nature of that first responsibility and the power of those early memories, there are a few things you are going to need to keep in mind before getting that first kitten for your child.

Before you begin, you are going to have to understand that this is a big responsibility, the likes of which your child has probably never experienced before.  That, combined with the impetuousness and energy of youth, are very likely to lead to some measure of neglect on the part of the child once the novelty of having that new kitten has worn off.  If you go into this knowing that you are going to end up taking some amount of responsibility in caring for the kitten, it will save you grief later on.

First Kitten

First Kitten

Your child is probably going to be spending more time with the kitten than anyone else in the house.  For this reason, you are going to need to make sure that he is fully aware of the indicators that the kitten’s health is deteriorating, especially because kitten health can spiral downward at a surprisingly fast rate.  They need to know that any sudden changes in behavior, diarrhea and loss of appetite above all, need to be brought to your attention immediately.

Any baby pet is going to be a big responsibility, especially when the person taking on the bulk of that responsibility is also very young.  Still, the experience can be a rewarding one for both you and your child.  Caring for a kitten teaches them not only responsibility, but also empathy and basic parenting skills that will serve them well later in life.  If you give the decision a little bit of thought and are willing to work with your child, you can help create wonderful memories that they will remember for the rest of their lives.

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