Acquired: Pet store,
Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Sep 03, 2013
Mozart. Where do I start with this little bra-
Mozart. Cute on the outside, devil on the insid-
Mozart. Who doesn't like a kitten? Unless they also like their hous-
Yes, it's true about kittens. They make grown men all soft and fuzzy and warm inside with the thought of their innocent, miniature feline appearance seemingly too docile to destroy everything you know and love. This is an act. The kitten actually really hates you. Then, one day this kitten will grow up to be a big cat, and will suddenly adore you (or continue to hate you. You've got a 50-50 chance either way). Here's how to (hopefully) raise the chances in your favor.
Be gentle. If you have other cats, take your time introducing them to each other. If they fight (especially if they're two boys), then separate them and then try again. Also, give each cat its own space. Mozart has a special litterbox just for him. He also has a special toy that's his (my entire apartment). My other cats have their territory; Trouble will hop to the top of the kitchen cabinets and survey the place as if he is the Eye of Sauron, and Gatti will hide her fat self on a bookshelf. That's just one example of giving each pet their own territory to minimize the ferocity that may be expelled from the kitten.
There are things you might not realize you need to cat-proof, such as:
Anything at all, actually.
But, I digress. One of the main reasons why kittens seem to 'act out', is that they are not getting enough attention. If you have other pets, they are only going to give it negative attention until the little guy calms down. It's up to you to make the baby calm down. I would develop little 'routines' to soothe the kitten, and give its day some structure. For example:
1) In the morning, I feed all of the cats in separate bowls.
2) I will play with each of them.
3) When I leave for work, Mozart runs up to the door. There is always a toy there. I'll throw the toy, and have him 'catch' it. Only then, am I truly 'allowed' to leave for work.
4) When I come home, Mozart is already waiting for me, checking the front door to make sure it's truly me entering. I reward him by throwing a toy again.
5) After dinner, I normally make sure to play, talk, or interact with the cats. At least 15 minutes per cat is vital, but honestly try to make it 30 minutes or more.
6) When time for bed, I say goodnight to them each, even if they're napping.
This really, really helps. Think of it as building your relationship with your pet. After all, it's like having a little furry child running around, and teaching it right from wrong, in addition to taking care of it. It's not enough to put food and water in a bowl.
Kittens are a lot of fun. But, make sure you know that they're a lot of (rewarding) work, too!
PS. -Seriously, though. Catproof your ENTIRE place. You'll thank me later.