Winter Kitten Care

Happy New Year! Has a new kitten just joined your family? If so, you’re in for a super adorable year. Kittens bring a lot of joy into our lives, but they also need a lot of work. Little Fluffy is quite small and fragile. This time of year also brings some extra concerns. A London, ON vet discusses winter kitten care below.

Warm Napping Spots

Cats of all ages love finding warm spots to cuddle up in. However, the issue with baby furballs is that they can fit into really tiny spots. They can also be hard to spot if they crawl under a blanket. Keep a close eye on your feline buddy. Seal off spaces behind, beneath, and between furniture and cabinets, and make sure things like air ducts and heating vents close securely. Get into the habit of checking beneath cushions, blankets, and recliners before sitting down. Kittens don’t make very big lumps! 


It gets dark early at this time of year. Although our feline pals are independent, and can do just fine staying home while their humans go off to work, little Fluffy won’t enjoy sitting alone in a dark, cold house. Before you leave, turn a light and a radio on for your tiny pal.


Little Fluffy is going to want to investigate everything in her new kingdom. That can get her into serious trouble! Many common household items—including plastic bags, ropes and cords, chemicals, medicines, and anything small or sharp—are dangerous to playful pets. It’s also worth noting that many holiday decorations, such as ornaments, ribbons, seasonal plants, and tinsel, are unsafe. (The holidays may be over, but there are plenty of decorations still up.) Ask your vet for petproofing advice.


Candles, potpourri burners, wax burners, and fireplaces all make your home cozy and warm on chilly nights. Just make sure that your pint-sized pal can’t reach any flames.


We can’t overstate the benefits of keeping cats inside. Kitties that are allowed outdoors are at risk from cars, weather, wild animals, and many other hazards. Kittens are particularly susceptible to cold and sickness, as their immune systems aren’t fully developed. They’re also small enough to get buried in less than a foot of snow. Teach little Fluffy that she’s an indoor cat.

Happy New Year from Firth Veterinary Hospital, your London, ON pet clinic. Contact us anytime! 

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