Tips for a Newly Adopted Kitten
Kitten-proof accessible rooms. Remove anything that can be knocked over, broken or ingested.
Do not use your hands to play box with the kitten. This gives action gives the wrong message to cats that biting and scratching at the human hand is acceptable behavior.
Initiate object-oriented play. For example, use a feather on a pole. Play mouse by pulling a small toy mouse across the room in short jerky movements. Drag a string across the room.Use a laser pointer to play catch the bug.
Let the kitten choose their favorite game and win about every five minutes by using the toy to lead to a treat.
Begin “gentling process” as early as possible. Use affection and object play in addition to lots of treats as reward for good behavior.
Submitted by Dr. Rolan Tripp of the Animal Behavior Network. Visit www.animalbehavior.net for more information.