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

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Getting Started - Early socialization

One of the most common errors people make with a new kitten is isolating that adorable little being at home instead of proactively shaping the adult cat personality when it's easiest on kitten and cat parent.


During your kitten's early socialization period, your mission as a positive cat parent is to make a checklist of every person, pet, place or thing you want to introduce to your kitten as a positive part of life with you. 

Make sure your checklist includes all ages of people, cat toys, vacuums and other household appliances and objects, kennels, collars, harnesses, baths, grooming tools. Then develop a strategy and use your checklist daily.

Your goal: 
Teach your kitten to relax and accept new experiences without fear, and protect your kitten from fear and pain during the sensitive learning period from 3 to 8 weeks of age.


This week:  Pretend to give your kitten a thorough veterinary exam. Create a positive experience with sweet talk, treats, and finding your kitten's favorite spots to finger tickle.

Kitten Development[1]:  Early Socialization - 3 to 8 weeks of age

  • Sensitive period for social learning

  • Self grooming begins

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

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