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Getting Started - Providing Positive Play

In nature, early play teaches kittens how to hunt, fight, play and escape danger. By five months of age, it is normal kittens to beginning to play rough with other kittens.

Do NOT allow your kitten to bite or scratch your hands or feet in play as the adult cat may escalate this play into painful play aggression.

Instead, DO select toys that provide your kitten outlets for normal cat behaviors. DO keep play real - move feather toys like birds, laser lights like bugs, and strings like mouse tails! Even adult cats benefit from prey play to exercise normal feline behaviors. If you do no keep prey play directed at toys, your kitten may decide to stalk and attack you - moving feet, fingers and toes.. 

DO keep play interesting by varying the game and toy every few minutes and allowing your cat to win by pouncing on the object  DO let your cat win and add extra play motivation by tossing in a treat as your cat catches the toy.

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 as permanent identification to avoid losing your kitten.

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

Unwanted pet behavior is a leading cause of pet neglect, abuse, abandonment to back yard jails, surrender to shelters, and euthanasia 

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Positive Play
Play Aggression - Q & A
Behavior Tools

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