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Getting Started - How to Talk Kitten 

Kittens use their senses to communicate. Watch how your kitten changes his or her ears, tail, and basic posture when feeling friendly, defensive, and aroused. Learn to read your kittens body language. You kitten is learning to read yours!

   Kittens read body postures. Watch your kitten's ears and tail communicate to you. Kittens also read other kittens' heads body and ear positions.

Tactile:  Kittens rub cheeks against others and objects, touch noses, and groom each other. Use your hands to stroke your kittens cheeks and see if your kittens ears begin to relax back.

Sound:  Kittens purr, growl, and vocalize to express themselves. Kittens also read our voice tone. Yelling at your kitten teaches your kitten to avoid you.

Smell:  Kittens mark territory and possessions using their feces and urine when spraying. They also mark by placing pheromones from paw pads and cheek areas  Encourage kittens to mark with paw pad and not urine by providing plenty of tall, appealing scratching posts in the home.

Feliway is a pheromone-based product used to calm kittens and lower stress. 
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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 identifikittenion tag on at all times.

  • Consider a microchip - permanent identifikittenion - 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 

For your education

Library Topics

Pet Body Language of Love
Vocalization - Q&A
Teaching Vocabulary

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