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Have you recently adopted a kitten? Congratulations on your new arrival! Your bouncing baby ball of fur is bound to keep you smiling with her adorable antics and charming purrsonality. Little Fluffy can be a handful, however. In this article, an Ashburn, VA vet lists some things that kitten parents soon learn.
Cats are predators by nature, so things like pouncing, biting, and scratching come very naturally to them. Teach your furry buddy proper petiquette from the start. If your kitten tries to ‘attack’ you, tell her ‘No’ firmly. You can also blow in her face or squirt her with water. Then, ignore her until she’s ready to play nice.
Our feline friends have a taste for exploring, and love to investigate little nooks and crannies. To your pet, a cardboard box or a paper grocery bag is a whole new world! Keep major appliances, like dryers and toilets, shut when not in use.
Little Fluffy will be very, very playful while she is little, and will be quite interested in figuring out what is the most fun for her to play with. Keep your tiny buddy safe by removing toxic plants, wires and cords, plastic ties and bags, chemicals, medications, and anything small or sharp. You’ll also want to seal off areas behind and beneath your furniture and cabinets.
Kittens can sleep up to 20 hours a day. Cats’ growth hormones are released when they are snoozing. Little Fluffy will also be pretty tired after spending four hours playing and making mischief! Offer your cute pet lots of comfy beds to curl up in. We also recommend getting into the habit of checking beneath blankets, armchairs, and cushions before sitting down.
It usually doesn’t take long for kittens to wrap their humans around those tiny paws. Their charming furry faces, adorable meows, and affectionate purrs and cuddles are almost impossibly cute. Our feline buddies really do have a special way of melting our hearts and putting smiles on our faces.
Fluffy’s adorable toddler phase won’t last long. Enjoy this super cute stage of your pet’s life, and take lots of pictures!
Please call us, your Ashburn, VA vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!