Bonding together with your New Kitten

You’ve brought home a replacement kitten, and you would like it to grow into a loving, happy member of your family. Rolan Tripp answers questions on the way to make it happen.

You’ve brought home a replacement kitten, and you would like it to grow into a loving, happy member of your family. But how does one make sure that happens? We asked Rolan Tripp, an affiliate professor of applied animal behavior at Colorado State University school and therefore the University of Wisconsin Veterinary Schools. Tripp and his wife, Susan Tripp, co-author a syndicated weekly column on pet behavior and maintain animalbehavior.net, an internet site that gives pet behavior education and services.

Q 1: How old should a kitten be before it’s handled regularly?

A: My rule of thumb is handling should be minimized during the primary three days of life to permit the kitten to survive. then, handling the kitten on a day to day may be a good idea. Having the kittens bonding to human scent and human handling is extremely important, especially during weeks 3 through 7.

You’ve got this window for socialization. Up until 7 weeks is clock time. The secondary period is until 12 weeks and therefore the Tertiary is until 6 months. During the primary, second, or third choices, we should always be doing everything we’re getting to do with this cat in its lifetime. So if the cat is going to be happening trips, catch on won’t to car rides from the time it’s a small kitten. If there’ll be many people coming and going, then expose the kitten thereto during these periods. an equivalent with anything you would like your cat to be comfortable with later in life. this is often your window of opportunity.

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