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Fluffy’s Terrible Twos

Have you recently adopted a kitten? If so, you have a tiny, frisky ball of cute on your hands! Kittens are, of course, almost impossibly adorable. However, even though little Fluffy may be very small, she can definitely be a handful, especially during her toddler phase! Here, an Arlington Heights, TX vet discusses Fluffy’s terrible twos.

Kittyproofing

Little Fluffy will want to explore every inch of her domain, and figure what is edible, what is fun to play with, and what is good for napping on. This sense of adventure can get a tiny furball into a lot of trouble! Do some basic kittyproofing, and remove or secure toxic plants; wires and cords; plastic bags, wrappers, and ties; household and automotive products; and anything small or sharp.

Playtime

Kittens are full of energy, and love to run and play. Offer little Fluffy plenty of fun toys to pounce on, and spend time playing with her every day. This is a great way to bond with your pet. Just remember to put string toys away after playtime is over: you don’t want your frisky feline getting tangled up in the cord!

Petiquette

Cats are predators by nature. Little Fluffy will instinctively want to pounce and jump on things, and will be very interested in sorting out just how all those claws and teeth are supposed to work. She may very well want to practice her ferocious hunting skills on you. Nip this habit in the bud! While it may be cute when a playful kitten attacks your toes, it will not be cute if your pet grows up thinking of you as a giant cat toy. If your furball tries to play rough, tell her ‘No’ firmly, and then ignore her for a while. You can also try blowing into your kitty’s face, or squirting her with water.

Scratching

Teach your kitty proper scratching habits by providing her with a suitable scratching post. To encourage your furball to use her manicure station, offer her toys, treat, catnip, and attention near it. Kitty furniture is also great for our feline friends. Get little Fluffy a cat tower or a fun play center. Don’t forget to take pictures of this adorable phase! Your baby cat will be all grown up before you know it!

Do you have questions about kitten care? Contact us, your Arlington Heights, TX pet hospital, anytime!

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