Raising a Polite Kitty

Have you recently adopted a kitten? Congratulations! There’s a pretty good chance that little Fluffy will have you wrapped around her tiny paws in no time. Just be careful not to let your kitten get too spoiled: you don’t want her to grow up with bad manners! Below, a Lawrenceville, GA vet offers tips on raising a well-behaved cat.

Scratching

Scratching is a natural instinct in kitties. In the wild, cats use their claws for hunting and defense. Those sharp little nails also help Fluffy climb to shelter or safety. Therefore, it’s really no surprise that kitties have such a strong instinctual urge to take care of their claws. Offer your furball a suitable scratching post, and give her treats and praise for using it.

Play-Fighting

Cats are predators by nature. Even if your housecat will only be hunting catnip mice and fuzzy slippers, she’ll still be very interested in figuring out how all those claws and teeth work. Kittens often think it’s great fun to practice their hunting skills on their owners. Nip this habit in the bud! If your baby cat bites or scratches you, tell her ‘No,’ and then ignore her until she decides to play nice. She’ll get the hint sooner or later!

Love And Cuddles

Spend lots of time with your kitten, so she feels loved, safe, and secure. Don’t be afraid to talk to little Fluffy: she may not understand you, but she’ll know you’re paying attention to her and trying to communicate. Indulge your tiny pet when she wants to snuggle up on your lap, and give her lots of cuddles.

Avoid Punishment

It’s probably an understatement to say cats don’t think like we do. However, it’s important to understand that they don’t understand punishment. Kitties usually act according to instinct, so punishing little Fluffy for doing something wrong may only frighten her, or make her feel anxious or angry. If you see your cat misbehaving, say ‘No,’ or make a loud noise to startle her. Anything beyond that may do more harm than good. Instead, focus on the positive: offer your frisky pet treats and praise for behaving, and tell her she’s a good kitty. Cats absolutely love being complimented!

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Call us today! As your local Lawrenceville, GA veterinary hospital, we are always happy to help.

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