Kittens appear like clockwork every spring and summer. Cute, playful, and worthy of a good home. Choosing the right kitten is just the beginning. kittens who are handled by humans regularly between the ages of two and eight weeks will become the most comfortable being around people especially if they’re mom likes people.
Mother Cats teach their kittens good cat manners; how to roughhouse without being too rough; when to eat and how much; how to stay clean.
Our job when we adopt a new kitten is to teach them good people/cat manners. We need to provide places to do normal things like scratching and eliminating. We need to teach them things when they’re babies that will be important later on.
Many cats don’t like to have their feet touched. Cat feet have special sensors meant for grasping prey. As they grow, we may want to trim those sharp claws meant for killing things. Touching their feet when they’re very young and making that a normal part of their experience will make trimming nails simple later. Nail trimmers must be just the right size to see the nail tip; The “white part” to be trimmed versus the” pink part” where the nerves and blood supply reside.
Regular brushing beginning when they’re adopted will make brushing later on easy, at the very least, and, depending upon the cat, quite pleasurable. For long haired cats, this may become an essential part of good health care.
Teeth brushing can also be more easily accomplished when it begins early. A small cat size toothbrush and tooth paste flavored to a cat’s taste, chicken or beef flavored, for example, are essential tools. Practice every day and your kitty will be accustomed to it quite quickly.
Many cats learn the sound of the cat food can opening or the rustle of the dry food and come running when they hear it. Calling their name at the same time will teach them to come to the sound of their name without the sound of food. Irresistible cat treats can also be an incentive to come when called.
Our cats are the same hunters they were when mice were on the menu. Acting out this behavior is crucial for emotional well-being. Select toys that are active and mimic the quick motions of mice or the flight of birds. Each time a cat hunts, it only amounts to a few minutes of explosive exertion. No matter what toy you choose, play won’t go on for much longer than that. It doesn’t mean they’re bored. It just means they’ll be ready to play again in a while.
Cats are crepuscular, meaning that they are most active during dusk and dawn. That doesn’t change when they move into our homes. Keeping your cat busy during the day will change their schedule so that you can get some rest.