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Points to remember

  • Check with your local council with regards to registration laws and procedures for cats.
  • Young animals love to chew when they are teething. Keep electrical wires out of reach.
  • Chocolate is dangerous. It contains theobromine, a stimulant which is toxic to pets.
  • Never give cooked bones as a treat. They can splinter and cause serious internal injury.
  • Poisonous plants include: lilies, eucalyptus, spider plants, azalea, ivy, oleander, and plant bulbs.
  • If you treat your lawn with chemicals, keep your animals away.
  • Puppies grow very fast. Collars and harnesses can be outgrown rapidly, leading to injury.
  • Check collars every week.
  • Don’t leave plastic bags out. Inquisitive young animals can suffocate.
  • Snail baits are poisonous to your pet, even in small amounts, so use only in fenced off areas.
  • Household poisons such as ‘Rat Sak’ may be fatal to your pet, so either don’t use them or hide them in an area where the pet can’t get to them.


In NSW, it is a legal requirement that cats are microchipped and registered. A microchip is an implant, about the size of a grain of rice, that is placed under the skin of your pet, usually when they are quite young. Microchippping is the best way to identify your pet if they are ever lost. Vet clinics and pounds have microchip scanners, which can read your pet’s chip, and access your contact information that is attached to it. It is important that if any of your details, such as home address or contact numbers change after you get your kitten, that you update your details immediately with your local council.

Training and Playtime

Litter training your kitten is generally a painless task. It is important that you begin with multiple litter boxes, located in quiet and private areas of the household. The type of litter you choose will be affected by what is easiest for you to maintain, as well as what your new kitten takes a liking to. Choosing a tray or box is the same. Ensure that the litter tray you choose isn’t too tall for your kitten to get into!

Playtime is a major factor in your kitten’s life. Cats are naturally curious and playful animals, so keep this in mind when considering how to keep your new kitten occupied and active. Cats like toys they can stalk, chase, pounce on and bite. Vary the levels your kitten has in the house, by introducing perches or kitten hammocks if you are able. Puzzle toys are also good, as this will keep your kitten entertained, and their mind active.

It’s all too easy to accidentally encourage kittens to bite or scratch in play, but this type of aggressive behaviour can turn into a big, painful problem as the kitten gets bigger. Never “arm wrestle” with a young cat, and keep some distance between you through play with toys that don’t involve direct contact with the kitten.  When kitten teeth or claws touch human skin, screech loudly and immediately walk away.  Kittens learn fast that playing rough ends the game, especially when there are other things to play with.


It is important that your kitten receives proper nutrition while it is growing. Kittens are best fed three times a day for the first 4-6 months of life. After this time, they can be fed once or twice a day without any problems. Our nurses are experts in developing a nutrition plan for your new kitten, so book an appointment to receive advice on a range of premium foods.

An abundant source of fresh water is essential, and separate food and water dishes that are difficult to tip over are recommended.


Depending on the breed of your cat, a slicker brush, or comb, or both, may be needed to keep your pet’s coat in top condition. If you have a long-haired breed, we recommend that you get them used to being brushed on a daily basis. This helps keep the fur un-matted, and improves their coat condition.

Trimming your kitten’s nails can seem like a daunting task. Similarly to brushing, it will become a more pleasant experience for all involved if your kitten views it as a normal and regular occurrence. Play with your cat’s feet, and touch their toenails regularly. If you are unsure of how to trim their nails, make an appointment with one of our nurses to show you how!

Bedding & Toys

Cats do enjoy their privacy, so having a comfortable soft bed that is warm and cosy, will make your cat feel safe and at home. It should be in a fairly quiet location – away from the daily bustle of the household.

It can also be a good idea to buy a cat scratching post and toys for your kitten to play with. They love to chase things, and by having toys, you can play with your kitten and develop a bond.

They should also have their own designated food and water bowl.

It can also be a good idea to purchase a cat carrier cage – this greatly increases the ease of taking your cat to the vet, and for general travel purposes. There are numerous different styles you can by, all usually available at your local pet shop.