Fluffy’s Terrible Twos

Has a kitten recently joined your household? Congratulations! We’re guessing your furry new arrival has already charmed the socks off you. It usually doesn’t take little Fluffy very long to wrap her owners around those cute little paws of hers! Having a kitten is definitely lots of fun, but it’s also a lot of responsibility. Baby felines have an incredible talent for getting into mischief, so you’ll need to take steps to keep your adorable ball of fur safe. It’s also important to teach Fluffy good petiquette now, so she grows into a friendly, well-behaved adult. In this article, a Colorado Springs, CO vet discusses Fluffy’s Terrible Twos.

Rough Play

Now is the time to teach your frisky feline that you are not a giant cat toy. If your kitten bites, pounces, or scratches you playfully, tell her ‘No’ in a firm tone of voice. Then, ignore your tiny furball until she’s ready to play nice. As long as you are consistent, it shouldn’t take too long for her to get the hint. We also recommend playing with little Fluffy daily. Use wand toys, so she learns to attack her playthings instead of you.

Veterinary Care

Your furbaby will need to visit the vet a few times in that crucial first year. Spay/neuter surgery, microchipping, vaccinations, examinations, and parasite control are all in order. Kittens can get very sick very fast, so watch for any signs of illness, such as poor grooming, fever or lethargy. Contact your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.

Kittenproofing

Your furry little toddler is going to want to inspect every inch of her new kingdom, and will investigate absolutely everything in it. Many household items are very dangerous to kittens. Wires and cords; toxic plants; chemicals; plastic bags and beverage rings; medicine; and small objects are a few things you’ll want to remove or secure. Ask your vet for more recommendations.

Cuddles

Kittens love to cuddle. Let your tiny furball curl up on you for naps, and oblige her requests for attention. Talk to little Fluffy, play with her, and pet her, so she grows up feeling loved, safe, and secure. Your rewards will be countless purrs and cuddles, and unwavering kitty love. In our book, those are some of life’s greatest treasures!

Does your kitten need microchipping, vaccinations, or spay/neuter surgery? Contact us, your Colorado Springs, CO animal clinic, today!