Bringing home kittens can be overwhelming for parents and caretakers. Once you decide to bring home a kitten you may have to deal with an array of questions including How do I take care of a kitten? Will it be noisy? Well, it is important to determine the type of cat you have, especially if it has a tendency to be very loud, or the noise it makes when sleeping is very disruptive. You can learn how to handle a kitten in the ways given below.
Tackling Kitten’s Litter Box Refusal
If your kitten refuses to use the litter box, try a different brand, or even a different location. You don’t want to add to the cat’s stress by placing them in an unpleasant environment. However, if the litter box refusal continues, it could be time to consult a veterinarian about possible issues with health or behavior.
Avoid Touching Kittens
Always put your hand out towards your kitten, never towards them. You should be careful to avoid touching them as much as possible. Instead, place your hand behind them to feel for any signs of their fur. Even though this may sound awkward at first, this gives you a sense of their comfort and safety.
Choose A Dark & Quiet Place For Kittens
Kittens, especially very young kittens, are very nervous, sometimes spooked by loud noises. Therefore, it is advisable to keep their room dark and quiet. Remember, if they don’t like the room, they won’t be able to sleep there so be sure to allow plenty of time for them to adapt to the new environment.
Give The Kitten A Secure Environment
Kittens are born with their vocal tract intact, so it is important to give them lots of praise when they are calm and quiet. Most kittens prefer to be in their own room and lying in their own bed, so you can set up this routine early on. It will be a huge relief to the kitten to know that it has a safe, secure home that is constantly occupied.
Keep The Kitten Occupied
When teaching your kitten, try to keep him or her occupied. Make them think of a new toy or activity so that they will be interested in that activity. For example, if you want your kitten to jump up onto your lap, just tell it to play with a balloon, take the balloon up and sit down. Also, kittens are territorial so don’t leave toys that attract them outside their cages.
Keep A Kitten Full & Hydrated
You will also want to make sure that they are kept well fed and hydrated. They will need to be clean and treated regularly, which is why you must be very careful to check their water bottles often.
Handling A Kitten’s Behavioral Issues
If you already have a kitten that isn’t behaving well, you may find that you must separate him or her from the rest of the family. At times like this, you may need to put them into quarantine until they behave better. This is perfectly acceptable so that you can continue to care for your family. If you cannot afford a vet and choose to handle kittens yourself, keep in mind that a kitten may develop separation anxiety. If your family is enjoying its time together, teaching your kitten to trust you again may take some time. Further, as long as you maintain a loving and positive attitude toward your cat, eventually, you will overcome its initial separation anxiety.
One thing is for certain: Kittens are incredibly cute, so if you are considering bringing a kitten home, there is no reason you shouldn’t. Just remember – Kittens are more easily terrified than adults because their senses are not as developed. When handling a kitten, it is important to remember that they still respond to our emotions, even if they are not fully capable of expressing themselves verbally. Kittens respond to our positive emotions and are protective of us!