How to clean a kitten’s face
Consult your vet for a diagnosis if you notice any secretions or discharge, as they will be able to recommend an appropriate treatment.
Looking after your kitten’s oral hygiene
Your kitten’s milk teeth will begin to appear when they are between two and six weeks old. It’s important that you maintain your kitten’s oral hygiene as poor hygiene can lead to tooth loss, inflamed gums and bad breath.
If you have any concerns about the condition of your kitten's teeth then speak to your vet who will advise you and may de-scale their teeth using an ultrasound machine.
How to bath a kitten
Very few cats are attracted to water but bathing remains an important part of the grooming and hygiene routine for mid-length and long haired cats, so it's a good idea to familiarise your kitten with bathing from an early age.
It's important to use a cat shampoo, where the acidity is suited to the cat’s skin and fur (you should never use human shampoo as it may be toxic for the kitten).
1. Get your cat acquainted with water, remembering to be gentle but firm
2. Wet them with a sponge to start with. If your kitten reacts with hostility, stop and try again a few days later until they accept the water
3. Wash the fur gently, focussing on any dirty areas
4. Fill the bottom of your bath with water of 36-37°C and place your kitten gently inside
5. Offer reassurance with gentle words and stroking
6. Rinse off shampoo by gently pouring water over your cat's back, taking care to avoid eyes and ears
7. Wrap your kitten in a clean, warm towel. You can use a hair dryer to dry the fur completely, however, make sure you use it gently, the air is not too hot and you’re not too close.
Grooming your kitten is a great way to bond with your new pet, whilst also taking care of their health and wellbeing. It also helps you to become familiar with your cat's skin, eyes, ears, teeth and coat, so that you are able to identify anything out of the ordinary. If you do notice any sudden changes or abnormalities, consult a vet for professional advice and treatment.