So you’ve decided to have a pet. Not just a pet, a faithful friend and a true member of the family, which will give you many happy years. How to choose a healthy kitten?
For many, the key feature is the breed, for others, gender and color, and someone chooses the dictates of the heart. Whatever it was, remains the most important component of health, because it builds a happy, active, and fulfilling life. But how to determine whether a healthy kitten?
- Evaluate the breeder, parents and the conditions of detention.
If you decided to have a purebred pet, a responsible approach to the choice of the breed and the nursery, which will be to buy it. Study additional information, visit a couple of exhibitions, read forums, talk to cat owners and breeders. They always tell in detail about the features of the Pets. To buy a “purebred” kitten not worth it. So you can never be sure that “Maine Coon” will indeed grow, and the Norwegian forest suddenly turns into a Shorthair. However, the external features – it’s not the whole problem.
Many cats are peculiar hereditary disease that is adequately addressed in occupational selection. Responsible breeders pay great attention to genetic lines and eliminate the chain of breeding of animals with deviations from the norm to minimize or eliminate the risk of diseases. Buying a kitten from this breeder, you will be able to see the pedigrees of his ancestors (and several generations), while grandma with the bird’s market, offering “purebred British” such a possibility does not provide.
Came to get acquainted with your pet, assess the conditions in which it is contained. The room should be spacious, light, warm and dry. A caring breeder supports couches and trays of kittens in a pure state, takes care that had access to pure water, acquiring toys and scratching posts. Ask what food he gives, learn about nutrition and about the peculiarities of care. This information will not only help to better assess the situation, but no doubt will come in handy in the future.
After talking with the breeder, meet the parents of the baby. Good luck, if you have the possibility to see it immediately and a cat, and a cat. Breastfeeding animals, of course, don’t always look brilliant, but dad needs to show all the external advantages of the breed.
- We perform inspection
And then came the most crucial moment: you are a kitten. Ask the breeder permission to take the baby and examine it carefully. Of course, even the most experienced veterinarian only a visual inspection can’t tell that the animal is totally cool, but to assess the overall condition you can.
Healthy pet net, clear eyes, ears without discharge and plaque, clean and a little wet nose, without any discharge. His coat is soft and shiny without tangles or bald patches and the skin there is no redness, sores and itches. They usually indicate skin and allergic diseases or the presence of parasites. If you notice black “crumbs” between the hairs, be sure that the kitten is infected by fleas.
Do not forget to explore the oral cavity. On mucous membranes should not be ulcers and plaque. A sudden bad breath indicates problems with the digestive system. Healthy baby soft, distended belly, and under tail — dry and clean. At the conclusion of the inspection touch the tail of a kitten: it should not be nodules and fractures.
In most cases of the presence of any ailment says a number of signs. For example, watery eyes with no other symptoms are not necessarily indicative of viral disease: perhaps it is expressed a short-term reaction to trapped dust or hair.
Be careful when inspecting, keep in mind the overall status and health of the child, his brothers and sisters, since if one kitten is a sick contagious disease with a high probability from this ailment suffer and all the rest.
Of such components and formed the initial examination of your pet. Of course, it does not give an absolute guarantee but allows us to draw the General picture.
- Observe the behavior.
It’s OK if the kitten is afraid of strangers and is really confused at the moment of meeting. But soon curiosity gets the better of childish timidity, and the little fluffy ball begins to take an interest in you.
A healthy pet is very active, lively, and curious, and his movements are easy and correct. The more he acts the better. Lethargy the desire to withdraw from contact and hide, constrained movement, and impaired coordination are major causes for concern.
- Veterinary passport.
As a rule, a good breeder gives the kitten “bundled” with the document. Check the contents on the labels with the name of the vaccine must be the physician’s signature and stamp veterinary clinic where the vaccination was performed.
- The results of the inspection.
If the inspection was successful and with the pet, it’s all right, then congratulations, because the purchase of a kitten is an important and happy moment. But what if for any reason the baby does not pass “the test”, but take it any way you really want?
Strictly weigh the pros and cons. You can’t know what diseases he suffers from and how serious it is. Unfortunately, many diseases, even in the case of successful treatment do not go unnoticed, as a scared, troubled and insecure pets, most likely, will never be balanced and sociable. If in the future you plan to knit your pet to take the animal in any case impossible. If you make a friend only for the soul and, after careful deliberation, are willing to spend the time, effort and money for the treatment (or socialization) baby, you can take off the heat.
Whatever your choice of pet in the house is real happiness. Take care and take care of him, may he bring you lots of joy and warmth!