You are considering welcoming a kitten into the house. Know that you are starting from a blank page because the little feline has everything to learn. Ten mistakes not to commit in order to write a beautiful and long love story with your kitten.
1 – adopt a kitten on a whim
Her adorable face makes you crack. It’s decided, you adopt it! Don’t stop at the features physical a kitten and mature your thinking because if all goes well, he will accompany you during the fifteen coming years. Before you start, find out about the character and needs of the different races feline in order to choose the one that best suits your lifestyle. A cat is independent but social : ask yourself if you can leave it alone at home. If he lacks solicitation in your absence, he risks depress. Do you have an exterior? On the other hand, kittens must stay long enough with their mother, to be better socialized. Do not adopt it before its two months, ideally three months.
2 – neglecting the kitten’s education
Unlike the dog, the cat is a territorial and solitary species which adopts a more independent and less hierarchical within a group. As such, his education will be less easy and you will not be able to hope for the same degree ofobedience than with a doggie. This is why, it is necessary to begin his education as soon as he arrives at home and to create a solid bond to gain his trust. What he learns in the first years of his life will forge his character forever.
3 – Do not get your kitten used to being handled
It is strongly recommended to start handling the kitten very early so that it gets used to the contact people: yourself first, then other family members. Pet him, take him on your knees. Actions must be taken in sweetness : Try to carry your cat with care. Avoid catching it like children, by supporting it under the chest, both paws forward and the rest of the body in the air because this position is generally not appreciated by felines. Make sure that the sessions don’t drag on or that he feels harassed. One objective is to make the handling pleasant (at worst acceptable), for example in anticipation of care veterinarians.
4 – Don’t set limits for your kitten
Teach the respect to your kitten aims to show him the limits not to cross, especially during his games. If he claws or bite too loud, always reprimand him with the same sentence, but without screaming so as not to panic: a “no” expressed in a tone closed will have to stop it dead in its action. Another tip: avoid playing it with your hands or feet because as he grows up he risks developing this habit and injuring you more seriously. Better to teach him to play with a toy of type feather or string.
5 – Do not socialize your kitten
The socialization from kittens to other animals and people marks a major milestone in their learning of life. If you have children, set rules precise with them: do not shout, do not run, do not make a gesture sudden, do not persist in handling or holding it in your arms if the animal is not in the mood for cuddling. If you don’t have children, try to socialize him as soon as possible with toddlers in your entourage so that he is not afraid of it afterwards. It should also be presented to the other animals of the house under narrow surveillance so that he does not get scared. Invite your relatives so that the kitten gets used to meeting other humans than those in the family circle.
6 – get mad about your kitten
Kitten’s mother sanctions immediately the painful bites, their scratches or their somewhat violent games, by a paw on the nose or a grip by the skin of the neck. When he is at your place, he will have to continue his learning with firmness. Be careful, however, not to confuse authority and nervousness. This may seem obvious, but you shouldn’t yell at your little feline or the hit. In general, any direct physical contact (hand, foot) is not recommended to punish him. If the kitten has done something wrong or is annoying you, try to scold him at the time precise where he did his foolishness.
7 – Don’t potty train your kitten
In principle, the kitten learns potty training from its mother during the first weeks of its life. However, this learning must be acquired again when it arrives at you. Once the litter is installed, put your kitten there, who should know instinctively the use he should make of it. Shortly after each meal, take him to his litter box so that he associates this time of day with his needs vital. If your cat is relieving himself in the house and you have seen him, put him in the litter box. Only scold him if you took him on the fact. If after several days your cat continues to sulk its litter box, products diffusing artificial pheromones may dissuade it from marking its territory wherever it sees fit.
8 – don’t give your kitten time
If the cat is a fundamentally independent animal, do not imagine that you will have nothing to do and that he will take care of alone. Try to devote some time to games daily so that it flourishes and strengthens the bonds with you. To amuse it without disturbing the neighbors, take a ping-pong, bounce it off the wall and let the kitten run after it. You can also hide a stuffed animal under a blanket and shake it to make it think it’s a living creature. Choose several short play sessions per day, between five and fifteen minutes each.
9 – Do not decorate your environment
A bored cat can multiply foolery in your absence. Only a few weeks old, the kitten naturally begins to hide in strategic places and to bicker with his congeners. Then his instinct to hunter wakes up and there he is moved by the desire to chase and pounce on a prey. To meet its needs, acquire a cat tree where he will find hiding places and scratching post. The store is full of accessories, toys and games for cats that will stimulate their agility and intelligence.
10 – Do not familiarize your kitten with the car
With rare exceptions, cats do not like to travel in car. Each movement generates unusual noise, movements and odors that can stress this animal homebody. This is why it is essential to get your kitten used to the car from an early age. Even if you don’t plan on making long journeys afterwards, you will necessarily need to take him to the veterinary. Beyond his vaccination and deworming, the annual appointments aim to check that everything is fine or to detect a possible disease. An eleventh mistake would be to neglect its health !