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Why raising a kitten have to start early

Updated on November 30, 2011

The cat's original behavior

Kittens learn most of his adult behavior from their mothers while they are still very young. The kittens are most affected during the first 10 weeks of there life, and behavioral problems that are developed during this time often remains permanent.

How the kitten grow up affects what they learn and how they evolve. While the kittens eyes are still closed, the mother takes care of everything for the kittens, such as security, heating, laundry and bathroom chores. The kittens are in the first weeks completely programmed to look for food, even if you are already in the second week of life may see clumsy attempts by the kittens to wash themselves. This meticulous cleanliness can be traced back to the cats wild ancestors.

raise a kitten
raise a kitten

The early stages of a kittens life

After the kittens eyes are opened (1-2 weeks), they start to walk around and learn new behaviors. Before the kittens are fully weaned, they have learned to bury their feces and can go on the box without any stimulation from the mother (the grave is a behavior in nature helps to prevent the kittens being detected by predators), hunting (which is most evident in the form of shadow boxing and wrestling matches with siblings), wash themselves and each other and defend themselves. Most often these behaviors come instinctive and are reinforced by her mother's instructions.

If the mother abandons the kitten or the kitten is separated from the mother at an early age, it may lead to that behavioral learning is being interrupted and not quite finished. An example of this is the room cleanliness. Fortunately, most cats have this innate instinct and wants to dig there stools down.

It is important to understand your cat's normal behavior

Sometimes what the cat owner describes as a behavioral disorder, is perfectly natural for the cat's behavior. In order to understand and correct the behavior problems you have to know the difference between normal and abnormal behavior.

It is important to remember that your cat may want to tell you something about their behavior. The cat, who can not communicate with us verbally, will use the language it has, that is through body language and behavior.

Here are some points that might be good to remember

New carpets and furniture affects cats by their scent as much as they influence us by their appearance, and the cat may have a desire to restore everything to normal by spraying their own odor to them.

Cats think that our voices are very deep, because we use only the lowest notes of the scale that cats can hear. Try to talk to in falsetto voice to capture the cat's attention.
It is important for the cat to look out over his territory from a high point - so the cat will try to climb up in your home, whether it's through your bookcase, or curtains, all to get to the ultimate lookout.

You can spot the cat in an unknown environment for the cat when you have a chance - either it will hide in a secluded spot with a good eye on the area - or climb up as high as possible. How your cat lives also has a large impact on how your cat reacts. Indoor cats can become lazy or destructive due to lack of activity and stimulation. This deficiency can lead to problems such as obesity, excessive washing, etc. Training and incentive to play! To activate the cat, or just to create a cozy moment with your cat, here are some tips on activities!

Mental stimulation and physical activity

  • Vary where you set the bowl every now and then, it stimulates the hunting instinct of the cat to search for food.

  • Activation Balls are a great and playful, there is also an excellent way to limit a too rapid food intake.

  • Take out your indoor cat in a harness and leash, it may take a while for the cat get used to it, but soon you will have a faithful walking buddy! Just remember to take it very, very slow and listen to the body language of the cat.

  • Train your cat to do simple tricks, make a simple agility course and training your cat to jump, crawl and walk downhill!

  • There are a lot of nice activation toys for dogs, which works well for the cat, try them and see what works.

  • There are an infinite variety of activities to occupy the cats with, take a moment each day and relax and play with your cat, it only requires a little imagination and patience!

Remember to play and activate the cat in an early age, the more you play with the kitten, the more social it will get and the more it will play with you when it grows up!


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