If you are adopting a kitten its a good idea to make sure the kitten you choose is a healthy one. There are general signs that a healthy kitten displays to let you know he or she is fine and ready to go. Even if your kitten appears to be in good health it is still recommended that you take your new kitten to a veterinarian as soon as possible. Its even better to take the kitten to the vet before you actually bring it home to be safe.
Here are some things you can check to make sure that the kitten is okay before it leaves with you to its new home. The first thing is the kittens coat. Generally kittens don’t have shiny coats, but it should appear soft and smooth and feel that way too. The kitten should not have bald spots or dry patches in its coat. These are usually signs that the kitten may have parasites or has ring worm.
Next you are going to check for any evidence of parasites on the kitten like lice and fleas. The way to do this is to take a moist paper towel and rub kittens fur to the skin with it. The paper towel will show blackish brown to red spots that are actually dirt left from the flees if the kitten is infested. Flees themselves look like big brown spots on kittens skin. Fleas also leave behind black spots. If kitten is scratching nonstop it is a sign that kitten has either fleas, lice or ring worm or a combination. You do not want an infested kitten in your home, if you still want the kitten take it to the vet for treatment first then continue home. You do not want the kitten to infest your home, furniture or other pets if you have them.
There are many flea and lice baths on the market but usually not recommended for a kitten under the age of 9 weeks. In some cases not under the age of 6 months. This is why it is necessary to take the kitten to the vet. They will prescribe a medicated bath or medicine to apply to the kitten to rid it of its skin infestation. If you suspect the kitten has this condition and it’s a pet store they are not supposed to sell a kitten that way and can get into trouble. You can tell them that you suspect the kitten has a skin infestation and ask them to treat it before you actually purchase it. You can also ask to take the kitten to the vet for treatment for the infestation before you purchase the kitten if you ask them first.
In either case parasites of the skin for kittens is easy to treat when caught and handled. Left untreated it can cause anemia and even death in small kittens.