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Life With Kittens: Fluffy’s Toddler Phase

Have you recently adopted a kitten? Congratulations! We are beyond thrilled to know that there’s one more cat out there with a good home. You’re definitely in for some adorable moments over the next few months. It’s also safe to say that your new pet will keep you on your toes. Being a kitten parent can be challenging! Read on as a Pleasanton, CA vet offers tips on kitten care in this article.

Kittenproofing

Kittens are basically tiny, adorable bundles of mischief. Your tiny buddy will want to explore every nook and cranny of your home, and figure out what she can fit into; what she can eat, climb, or sleep on; and what she can play with. This sense of adventure can get a baby cat into a lot of trouble! Make your home safe for little Fluffy by removing or securing anything that is a potential danger. That includes toxic plants; wires and cords; chemicals; medications; plastic ties and wrappers; and anything small or sharp. You’ll also want to keep major appliances, like dryers, closed when not in use.

Toys and Playtime

Baby cats are super playful! Take time to play with little Fluffy every day. Use interactive toys, like laser pointers. This will help you teach your frisky pet to attack her playthings, rather than you.

Petiquette

Teach your kitten good manners from the start by instituting some basic ground rules and sticking to them. For example, if you want little Fluffy to use a scratching post, you need to get her one now, and reward her for using it. Never yell at your cat: if you need to discipline her, just stomp your foot, raise your voice (a little), or squirt her with water.

Purrs and Cuddles

Spend lots of time bonding with your kitten, and make sure she feels loved and safe. Talk to your feline buddy, pet her, and play with her. If your tiny pet wants to sleep on your lap, let her. Baby cats love to be cuddled and held! This is a very important phase in little Fluffy’s life. The more loving and interactive you are with your cat now, the more loving and interactive she will be as an adult.

Please reach out to us, your local Pleasanton, CA vet clinic, for all of your kitten’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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