Raising a Friendly Kitty

Kittens are certainly adorable, but they are also very frisky and mischievous. Teaching your kitten proper manners is very important! It’s much easier to instill good habits in a baby cat than it is to correct bad behavior in a full-grown kitty! In this article from All About Animals Veterinary Services hospital, your local pet clinic, serving the Villa Rica Area, GA, a vet discusses teaching little Fluffy good petiquette.

Rough Play

Cats are hunters by nature. Even if the only things your furball ever hunts are sunbeams, warm laps, catnip mice, and comfy napping spots, she’ll still be driven to perfect her pouncing and jumping skills. Baby cats often try to practice on their humans. It can be cute to let a kitten jump on your toes or pounce on your fingers, but don’t make the mistake of thinking that this is harmless behavior. Little Fluffy’s claws are very sharp! This also will not be very cute if your cat grows up thinking of you as a giant toy. If your kitty tries to bite or scratch you, tell her ‘No’ in a firm tone, then walk away and ignore her for a while. You can also blow in her face, clap your hands, or squirt her with water. Sooner or later, your feline pal will get the hint!

Scratching

Cats have a very strong natural instinct to take care of their claws. Little Fluffy will be very curious about figuring out how all those sharp little nails work, and probably won’t waste much time learning to scratch. Instill good habits by getting your furry little diva a good scratching post. Offer her treats and praise for using it. If you notice your pet scratching improperly, squirt her with water or make a loud noise.

Cuddles

Make sure little Fluffy feels loved, safe, and secure. How do you do this? Simply spend time with her! Talk to her, pet her, play with her, and let her snuggle up with you. Be patient and gentle, and offer your baby cat lots of toys and treats. Before long, your furry little pal will start thinking of you as her ‘parent.’ This is one of the cutest parts of having a kitten!

Please contact us here at All About Animals Veterinary Services hospital, serving the Villa Rica Area, GA, anytime. We are here to help!

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