A kitten has the potential of making a great addition to most families. Typically, most kittens will know how to use a litter box by the time they are old enough to be separated from their mother so bathroom duties rarely take place on furniture or your floor. Initially, all one needs to do is show the kitten where the litter box is located, a supply of dry food suitable for a growing kitten and a bowl with fresh water. Many people think that kittens need to have milk but this is simply not true in most cases.
Some situations require special care, such as an orphaned kitten that is unable to eat regular food. There is a mother's replacement milk formula that is available at any veterinarian office as well as farm feed and supply stores, that vary depending upon locale. In addition, baby food cereal mixes work great as well for supplying the nutrition that a kitten needs for growth and development.
Kittens are typically curious but vary as to their needs and wants when it comes to human contact. Many kittens crave and love attention from humans while others prefer the company of other animals or prefer to be alone or handled less frequently. Generally, this is easy to determine by handling all of the kittens of a litter, which one should do prior to committing to taking the responsibility of adoption.
For most people who just want a pet, sterilization is strongly recommended as there are usually more kittens available than there are people with homes to take care of them. When adopting, you should take the kitten to a veterinarian where he or she can examine them to ensure they are healthy. In addition, there are a number of vaccinations that the veterinarian can give to ensure that the kitten does not acquire any diseases that are common to kittens.
The veterinarian will tell you when a good age will be in order to have the kitten spayed or neutered. This can be anywhere from three or four months up to about a year, when the kitten will reach sexual maturity. This is important as a kitten reaching maturity will want to wander, looking for potential mating partners.
Overall, many kitten adoptions are fairly simple with very little cost. Giving your kitten a name will encourage socialization. It will soon learn its name and you and your family can look toward to years of fun and enjoyment.