Have you recently adopted a kitten? It’s probably safe to say that your tiny new friend is already well on her way to charming your socks off, if she hasn’t already. Getting a kitten is lots of fun, but it also entails some pet parenting. If you want little Fluffy to grow into a polite, friendly cat, this is the time to teach her good petiquette. A Murrieta, CA vet offers some advice on that below.
Studies have indicated that yes, kitties do see their humans as second parents. However, that special bond needs to be nurtured. Kittens tend to crave being held and cuddled: it makes them feel loved and safe. In fact, a special hormone, called oxytocin, is released in both you and little Fluffy when you snuggle. This hormone is closely associated with feelings of love and happiness. Let your tiny buddy snooze in your arms or on your lap, and offer lots of pets and ear scritches.
Kittens are basically pint-sized, adorable agents of chaos. Little Fluffy will want to practice her lion skills on anything and everything … including your fingers and toes. If your furball tries to bite or scratch you, tell her ‘No’ in a firm tone. Then, ignore her for a little bit. You can also blow in her face or squirt her with water. These things won’t hurt your furry friend, but they may annoy her just enough to get the point across. We also recommend playing with your pint-sized pal, using toys you control from a distance, like string toys or laser pointers.
Our feline friends are definitely creatures of habit. Try to keep little Fluffy on the same schedule for meals and playtime. This will help her feel safe and secure. (She’ll figure out her napping and mischief agendas herself.)
Talking to your furry buddy will also help with bonding. It doesn’t matter what you say: it’s more about the sound of your voice. Use a gentle, friendly tone. If your miniature furball does something wrong, you can say ‘No’ or ‘Bad kitty’ in a stern tone, but don’t yell at her: that will just scare her. You may find that the more you interact with Fluffy, the more interactive she becomes!
Do you have questions about your kitty’s health or care? Contact us, your Murrieta, CA animal clinic, today!