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Kittens are really adorable. They are cute, clumsy, and a little crazy. They have to go through several stages until they learn how to become a feline. In most cases, their mothers are responsible for teaching them the dos and don’ts of cat culture. But sometimes when that’s not possible, we have to take it upon ourselves.
Adopting a brand new kitten can seem like a really fun idea. But there are things you should know about raising them right so they can grow into the regally beautiful creatures that they were always meant to be. Raising a kitten can be likened to raising a human baby. Simply out, it’s not easy. Similar to humans, if you give cats the right training and care while they’re young, it could help them to grow into well mannered, healthy adults. Here are a few tips you should always keep in mind.
- Never treat a kitten like a full-grown cat.
You will never care for a human baby the same way in which you care for a teenager. Similarly, kittens have a different set of needs in comparison to adult cats. You should always consider your kitten’s different development stages when you care for her.
- Make room for her in your life.
While adult cats are known for their ability to basically take care of and look after themselves, a kitten needs a lot of care and attention. Make sure your schedule is not so busy that you won’t be able to give her the attention and care she needs to grow into a healthy adult. Do your research on cat breeds. If you are someone who leads a very busy lifestyle, rather opt for the more low-maintenance cats than the highly active and intelligent cats. If you neglect these wonderful creatures, they’ll grow bored and end up suffering from depression.
- Reward her good behaviors.
The way in which you socialize with your kitty while she’s young will go on to impact how she socializes with other people when she grows older. Shape her well. Spend some quality time playing with her. This will stimulate her mind and engage her physically. It will also strengthen the bond you share with her. Avoid social situations which are too loud or crowded. While it’s important to teach her to socialize, overwhelming her will only make her wary of all social situations in general. Be careful how you play your cards.
Cats are generally well-mannered and intelligent beauties. Once you teach her the basics of catting, she will start picking up things on her own. Everything she learns as a kitten stays with her throughout her life.