Social Sweeties: Early, Positive Experiences

Kittens benefit from positive socialization experiences in the early weeks of their lives.

By Marty Becker, DVM, and Janice Willard, DVM

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When you offer a different food to your kitten, give it a second bowl next to the kittens usual food, Buffington says. When you change litter, offer it a second litter in a different box. Cats respond much better to novelty when they have a choice and when you think about it, most people would realize that we prefer having a choice too!

Giving your kitten important social and environmental experiences early in life will give it the best possible mental and emotional start.

You wouldn't want to build a house on a shaky foundation, Johnson-Bennett says. If you want an ideal cat, why not start with a firm foundation?

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Belen    Doral, FL

2/21/2014 1:23:49 PM

We adopted Baloo a 4 months kitten with front leg paralyzed from the shelter.
After 2 weeks the shelter's vet decided that the best thing to do was to amputate this front leg as he was liking it to the point of hearing himself .
It's been 1 week since the surgery and he is running, climbing and purring.
I would like to know if there are any special climbing trees or platforms for three legged cat.
My dog is almost overprotecting with him and my female cat ( 2 years old) is absolutely frustrated, angry and offended with the new family member. Poor Soffie ....
We really hope they will get along well soon.
If you have tips to help Baloo developing a better relationship with his cat sister and how to make a loving lap/ social cat ( not like Soffie that doesn't like to be petted ) I would really appreciate it! Thanks !!!!! Another cat lover from Miami : Belen

Catlovr02    Sonoma, CA

11/4/2013 11:05:17 PM

I love my kitties!!!!!!

Janet    Bethlehem, PA

8/14/2013 7:55:31 AM


Jenny    Monticello, MN

4/21/2013 7:10:57 PM

I have 4 kittens who are 17 days old, they are still with their mother. I want to thank Cat Channel for informing people like me to know how to have an ideal cat with a firm foundation.

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