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Socializing A Kitten

There’s an adorable pet holiday coming up. March 23rd is Cuddly Kitten Day! Purring kitties are one of the best things in life, as far as we are concerned. However, if your furball is very young, she may still need socialization. This must happen before the time Fluffy is about 3 months old, as that is when the window starts to close. A local White Rock, TX vet offers tips on socializing kittens below.

Don’t Force It

Never force attention on little Fluffy. That may just frighten her! It’s very important to let her approach you. Sit on the floor and hold out a treat or toy, and call her to you by making kissing noises or calling her name. When she reaches you, give her the treat and gently pet her forehead. From here, some kitties will immediately hop into your lap and start purring. Others may back off. If your pet retreats, just let her go and keep trying.

Talk To The Furball

Although the jury is still out on how much language our feline pals understand, it’s safe to say that they do appreciate being spoken to. Talk to Fluffy in a gentle, pleasant tone of voice. She may react by meowing back, flicking her tail, or approaching you. The more you interact with your kitty, the more interactive she’ll become!

Make New Friends

Part of successfully socializing a kitten is exposing her to different people. Have friends and family members stop by to pet and play with the furball, and give her toys and treats. This will help your furry buddy form a ‘pawsitive’ opinion about people, which will help her grow into a friendly, polite adult feline.

Adventures

This is also a good time to get your furry buddy used to being put in a carrier and transported. Put toys, treats, and comfy bedding in her carrier, and play with her near it. You can also take Fluffy for a few short rides around the neighborhood, and reward her with a yummy snack. This will make the drive to the clinic a bit easier on your pet down the road. Many of our feline patients are more upset about car rides than the appointment itself!

Please feel free to contact us, your White Rock, TX vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your kitten’s health or care. We’re here to help!

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