Have you rece ntly adopted a baby cat? If so, your little furball may very well have you wrapped around her paws already. Kittens are very cute, but they are also, well, a bit rambunctious. How you treat your furry friend now will play a huge role in how her purrsonality develops. Read on as a Fort Collins, CO vet offers some tips on helping little Fluffy grow into a polite, friendly kitty.
Kittens, as you know, are very frisky and mischievous, and have lots of ‘zoomies’ to burn. Try to play with your tiny buddy every day. Of course, you may find your feline friend trying to use you as a toy. When she does this, tell her ‘no’ or ‘play nice’ and then ignore her for a while. This is very important! You don’t want little Fluffy thinking that biting or scratching you is acceptable.That can lead to big problems down the road!
Kitties are quite enigmatic, but they are completely capable of learning what is and isn’t acceptable. If you don’t want Fluffy on your tables or counters, then lay down the law from the start. You should never strike or scare your furball to discipline her. Just reprimand her in a stern tone. You can also squirt her with water or clap your hands when she misbehaves.
Socialization is very important! If you want little Fluffy to grow into a polite, friendly adult, you’ll need to expose her to lots of new faces now, while she’s little. Have people come over and pet or play with her. (Of course, you’ll need to follow appropriate social distancing rules.)
Talking to your cat will also help. Little Fluffy will know that you’re paying attention to her, which is very important! Even if she doesn’t have much to say, she’ll likely respond in some way. You may even find that your kitty talks back sometimes!
Kittens often think of their humans as ‘parents.’ Pay lots of attention to your kitty, and make sure that she feels loved and safe. Let her snooze on your lap sometimes. This is not only adorable, it’s also a great way to strengthen the bond between you and your furry buddy!
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