The 7 Kitten Care Tips You Need to Know
SPOT Pet Insurance is thrilled to provide cat parents with insights provided and written by Sarah Hodgson, a renowned author, pet trainer, and IAABC-Certified Associate Applied Behavior Consultant for multi-species households. Offering an alternative to the reactive/dominance-based approach, Sarah encourages her audience to look at the world through their kitten's eyes, using food and fun to encourage cooperation and connection. SPOT is proud to connect with Sarah Hodgson, a veteran in Dr. Marty Becker’s Fear Free® movement, to offer a well-balanced approach to pet training.
The #1 Secret to Raising a Happy Kitten?
If you provide your kitten with a calm, loving, supportive relationship, they’ll reward you with nurturing behavior in turn as they grow.
When navigating your relationship with your kitten or rescue cat, consider the role you want to play in their lives. Cats, like children and puppies, reciprocate the care and treatment they’re given during kittenhood. Many kittens grow up viewing their parents as animated squeak toys, hunting their pant cuffs and fingers. While these behaviors are cute at first, they lead to an unnecessarily assertive kitten and a hyper-aroused, predatory cat who is less relaxed in your presence.
Another dysfunctional role that some cat parents fall into is that of the predator — larger animals who chase, yell, and make alarming sudden movements. Cats who see their parents as predators live in a hyper-alert state, always on the lookout for danger around every corner. Cats under this level of stress are more likely to act out, mark, and release their tension in destructive ways.
Take the third option and leave the dysfunctional predator-prey relationship behind. Play the role of a nurturer instead. Below, all 7 insights on how to build this type of relationship.
SPOT is thrilled to provide these kitten-raising insights from Sarah Hodgson, author, trainer, and pet behavior expert. Offering an alternative to the reactive/dominance-based approach, Sarah encourages her audience to look at the world through their kitten's eyes, using food and fun to encourage cooperation and connection.