Animal Behavior Network
Error Free Kitten Raising Tips
by Rolan Tripp, DVM and Susan Tripp, MS

Just minutes a day of learning gives you the best relationship possible with your cat!

Getting Started - First impressions

Whether your cat is 6 weeks or 16 years, this series is right for you.  We may discuss specific ages, but this is just for your overall feline education. All cats (regardless of age) learn the same way, older cats may just take a little longer to catch on.  So lets get started!

From 3 to 9 weeks of age think of your kitten's brain as like wet clay.  This is when it is easiest to shape your kitten's habits and personality through the experiences you provide.

At this age think of every day as another opportunity to provide your kitten valuable lessons to shape a happy, healthy, well-behaved adult cat. This does take daily effort and determination but is well worth it in the long run. Plan for time every day for your kitten to experience other people, pets and places in a positive way.

To jump start your learning during your kitten's early sensitive learning period, you will receive emails daily for the next two weeks then you will receive weekly lessons then monthly for one year.

If your cat is older, learn more by
visiting the AnimalBehavior.Net Online Cat Library.  Can't find what you need? A Veterinary Behavior Technician is available by email and phone to help. These tips are from Dr. Rolan & Susan Tripp.  Enjoy!

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Error-Free Kitten Raising Tips™ and Positive Cat Parenting™ for your kitten.

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Kitten Development
[1]   Neonatal 7 to 14 Days

·         Eyes and ears open, hold head up, and begin to walk - although wobbly

·         Body temperature still not regulated - needs external warmth

·         Kittens do not self groom

·         Baby teeth emerge - beginning with front teeth, fangs, then molars.

·         Body temperature is better regulated - kitten is able to tolerate colder temperatures

[1] AAFP. (2004). Feline Behavior Guidelines. Pg. 10.

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