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After months of planning for your new kitten, you suddenly have small, furry paws exploring every corner of your home..  While your new friend gets acquainted with their new surroundings, you have a chance to prepare to be a cat owner. From planning their litter box training to purchasing their cat health insurance, follow these basic pet care tips to keep your kitten as healthy as possible. 

Litter Box Train 

Avoid finding accidents around your home by getting your kitten used to their litter box right away. While using a little box is generally second nature for cats, you can help your pet by placing them inside the box after they finish eating or playing.

Start Vet Care

Preventative pet health care starts with scheduling your cat's first vet appointment. Do this as soon as possible to plan immunizations, spaying or neutering, and procedures such as de-worming. Taking your kitten to the vet within a week of adopting them will also get them used to the office, preventing fear later in life.

Purchase Pet Insurance

While you are at your first vet visit, talk to the office staff about purchasing cat health insurance. Owning an animal can be expensive, and proper coverage may help keep you prepared to address your pet's future medical needs.

Leave Out Food and Water  

Your kitten is growing quickly, so make sure to keep them well fed and hydrated. Depending on your pet's eating habits, you may need to fill their food dish three times per day. Be sure that they always have fresh, clean water to drink.

Watch Closely

Kittens are notorious for getting into trouble, clawing at things they shouldn't. or trying to fit into small spaces. Keep your agile friend safe by watching them carefully. Their curiosity will drive them before they learn how to keep themselves safe in your home.

Remember that your new kitten is not only sweet and cute, but also vulnerable and impressionable during these early stages. Your cat will depend on you to keep them safe and healthy for their entire life, so start proper pet care habits now. If you have any doubts about your pet's health, be sure to call your veterinarian's office right away. Establish open communication with your vet about your cat's needs, as your care regimen will change as they age.

Consider Investing in Cat Insurance  

Looking for more ways to protect your kitty?  Consider investing in a cat insurance policy with MetLife Pet Insurance.1  Get your free quote today. 

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Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances. 

1 Pet Insurance offered by MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company (“IAIC”), a Delaware insurance company, headquartered at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, and Metropolitan General Insurance Company (“MetGen”), a Rhode Island insurance company, headquartered at 700 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI 02886, in those states where MetGen’s policies are available. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is the policy administrator authorized by IAIC and MetGen to offer and administer pet insurance policies. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC was previously known as PetFirst Healthcare, LLC and in some states continues to operate under that name pending approval of its application for a name change. The entity may operate under an alternate, assumed, and/or fictitious name in certain jurisdictions as approved, including MetLife Pet Insurance Services LLC (New York and Minnesota), MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions Agency LLC (Illinois), and such other alternate, assumed, or fictitious names approved by certain jurisdictions.