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

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Getting Started - Play behaviors

Early play teaches kittens how to hunt, fight, play and escape danger. By five months of age, kittens begin to play rough.

It's important to redirect this play away from human finges and toes to cat toys. Allowing your kitten to play bite or scratch your hands or legs may lead to aggressive adult cat play.

Instead, select toys for as play outlets for normal cat behaviors. Keep play real. Move feather toys like birds, laser lights like bugs, strings like mouse tails!

Continue play with your adult cat to allow natural behaviors, healthy exercise and quality time with you. Keep play interesting by varying the game and toy every few minutes and allowing your cat to win by pouncing on the object. Toss in an occasional treat to make the win more like a successful hunt.

Kitten Development Adolescence
[1]:  17 weeks to 1 year

  • Sexual maturity if not altered; spraying and fighting to protect territory

  • If allowed outdoors, may wander farther away from home.

  • Keep a break-away collar with an identification tag on at all times.

  • Consider a microchip - permanent identification - to avoid losing your kitten

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

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