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

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Getting Started - Vertical space

Cats like to be up high. In the wild, they would perch safely in a tree and survey their territory.

Lower you cat's stress and provide more exercise and enjoyment by providing places your cat can climb indoors. There are wonderful, tall, indoor cat trees you can buy online.

Vertical Space:

Add indoor climbing trees and scratching posts. Look for posts that are tall enough for your cat to stretch up high.  Most posts are too short.  Look for different textures of posts and provide one of each type: carpet, rope, and wood.  Offer horizontal cardboard scratching boxes as well as vertical posts. Apply catnip to the posts and praise any interest in them to jump start use.

Late Socialization: 12 to 16 weeks old [1]

  •  May need a larger litterbox - minimum length 1.3 x cat's body length

  •  Social conflict over status may emerge - if more than one cat - increase resources

  • Resources = food, water, toys, litterboxes, beds, scratching posts, playtime, attention.

  • Cats like vertical space.  Provide vertical space with indoor cat trees.

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

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