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 - Feline body language

A common mistake pet parents make with new kittens is accidentally rewarding unwanted behaviors.

Help your kitten relax by demonstrating relaxation. Let out a big sigh and all your body tension. Sit on the floor and put out one finger for your kitten to approach and sniff. (This is a proper feline greeting.) Try making your own purr sound. Purring in kitten language means, "everything is alright - just relax."  Mother cat and kittens give each other this important signal. 

Murmur, "Good kitty, kitty, kitty," under your breath to communicate affection and friendship.

Think of your kitten as being in one of two zones: a comfort zone or anxiety zone. Shape a more confident and tolerant personality by praising comfort behaviors.

CAUTION: Be careful not to reward fearful behaviors in an effort to "comfort" the kitten. Attention tends to increase behaviors.

Reading kitten body language

  • Relaxed friendly kittens have loose bodies, and do not look stiff or tense; ears and whiskers are relaxed, tail is up.

  • Fearful kittens look tense with ears back, mouth open, pupils dilated, crouched to look small or arched to look big.

  • A stressed kitten may fight or take off in flight depending on genetics and early socialization experiences.

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

For your education...


Body Language

Power Point
Normal Body Language

Learn to raise a happy, well-behaved cat and fabulous feline friend for life.

Copyright © 2001-Present  - All Rights Reserved - Rolan Tripp, DVM and Susan Tripp, MS - Animal Behavior Network & Affiliates
  Print Friendly Version