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Raising a Polite Cat

Have you recently adopted a kitten? Congratulations! There are few things that can melt hearts the way kittens can. This is an important time in little Fluffy’s life. If you want your tiny furball to grow into a friendly, polite adult, you’ll need to teach her what is and is not acceptable behavior now. Read on as a local Bee Cave, TX vet offers tips on raising a well-behaved kitty.

Start Young

It’s never too young to start teaching your furball proper petiquette. In fact, it’s very important for you to start as soon as possible. It’s much easier to teach your feline pal good manners as a kitten than it is to tray and correct bad habits in an adult cat!

Socialize

Socialization is extremely important for our furry friends. If Fluffy isn’t properly socialized while she’s still young, she may grow up to be fearful and/or even aggressive to people, especially strangers. Have friends and family members come over to pet your kitten, play with her, and give her treats. (We suspect they won’t mind.)

Teach Proper Play Techniques

When your furball is still young, she’ll be very interested in sorting out how all those claws and teeth work. She may very well practice on you. Nip that bad habit in the bud! We know, it’s cute when kittens ‘attack,’ but even baby cats have sharp claws. Plus, this definitely won’t be cute when Fluffy is an adult! When your kitty bites or scratches you, tell her ‘No’ in a disapproving tone. You can also say something like ‘Don’t bite’ or ‘Be nice’ or ‘Put your claws away.’ It doesn’t matter what you say: the key is to use the same phrasing each time. You may also want to clap your hands, which will startle your frisky feline. Then, walk away and ignore her for a while.

Small Talk

We may never know how many words Fluffy can learn, aside from her name and phrases like ‘I just fed you’ and ‘What are you doing in there?.’ However, when you talk to your kitty, she’ll know you’re paying attention to her. This will make your feline friend feel loved, safe, and comfortable, which will all help keep that little motor going.

Please reach out to us, your Bee Cave, TX vet clinic, for all of your kitten’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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