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Well-socialized cats are more likely to have well-socialized kittens. Kittens often mirror their mothers' calm or fearful attitude toward people; this is a normal part of their socialization.


Your new kitten deserves the best possible start in life. Learn about kitten nutrition, litter training, vaccinations, and more.


Nutrition is important to your pets’ health. It is important to learn what your pet needs to stay healthy, happy and active. Making sure your pet eats what he should and not what he wants is the best way to ensure these needs.

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Please, please, PLEASE never purchase a kitten from a pet store! No matter what the salesperson tells you, it is a stone cold fact that pet stores get their animals from only two places: irresponsible “backyard breeders” who couldn’t be bothered to spay their cat; and commercial mills, where cats spend their lives in cramped, dirty cages with little human contact or veterinary care, solely for the purpose of bringing two or three litters a year into an overcrowded world. Yes, there are kitten mills, although puppy mills are much more common.


"What kind of cat do you want to acquire?" Do you want a kitten or an adult cat? Kittens are a permanently cute, playful and fun, fun, fun. But, there are disadvantages to kittens. They require care and monitoring as they grow, they are full of energy and mischievousness and they make mistakes - like getting up on the dining room table during your dinner party; like climbing up the draperies; like climbing up your pants leg to get your attention. As you can see, a kitten will require a fair amount of attention and training.


Kittens’ needs for fat, some fatty acids, and most vitamins are the same as for adult cats, Larsen says. But kittens have a higher requirement for protein, amino acids, and minerals, as well as for some vitamins. For example, kittens should get about 30% of their energy from protein. And don’t forget to provide plenty of fresh water -- it’s a key to keeping cats of all ages healthy.