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Sunday, 13 March 2011

Three Essentials in Socializing Your New Kitten

European Burmese Kittens

 How excited you are!  You have just picked up your new kitten!  It is important to integrate your new kitten into your household and begin his socialization process as soon as possible.  There are three essential things to keep in mind when socializing your new kitten:

  1. Secure a play area or play room and take him into the play room/area as his safe haven or when he cannot be watched so that he can feel safe and secure in at least one area of his new home.  Be sure to include his toys and a comfortable sleep area and make sure his food and litter box are easily accessible. 
  2. Introduce your new kitten to his new surroundings, including family members and other pets, one step at a time.  As soon as you can, establish a routine for meals, sleeping, grooming and play time. Be patient with him as he gains confidence and forms relationships with others in your household. 
  3. Purchase a few interactive toys for the kitten to play with and to keep his play focused and directed.  If he gets unruly or excited when playing or with others, distract him with one of his favorite toys.  Remember that bad habits increase with repetition and will be left behind as long as you don’t pay too much attention to them.  Focus on replacing bad habits with gentle actions and positive reinforcement through interactive play. 

Himalayan-Persian Kitten
Doing these essential tasks are good first steps to introducing your new kitten so that he becomes a happy, confident and well adjusted companion to enjoy for years to come. 

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