How do you socialize kittens?

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Kittens, especially young kittens, need to be socialized at a young age to interact with people and other animals efficiently, but this isn’t as straightforward as it seems. Here’s how you can socialize your kittens. 

Making Kittens Comfortable

Kittens can be easily frightened by new environments with new situations at hand. For example, if you bring your new kitten home, and you have a dog where their original home did not, you’ll need to help them before comfortable with a dog. This is best done slowly. Let the kitten watch the dog from afar at first and approach at their own pace. Be sure your dog is cat-friendly before you do this!

Using Food

When it comes to socializing kittens with your family, nothing gains a cat’s trust faster than food. Food is delicious, and kittens know it, they’re going to want snacks, treats, and delicious dinners, and if they have to interact with you to get them, they will. This familiarizes them with you and your family members and makes them far more social for the rest of their lives.

Using Play

Play is essential for kitten development, and they’re going to play if you like it or not, so focusing their play on appropriate toys is incredibly important. This keeps them from tearing up your furniture and home. Play with your kitten at least once a day, and make sure they have enough toys to help entertain them when you’re busy.

Are you getting a new kitten in your home? Make sure you bring them in to our Levittown vet office for a check-up before you bring them home to ensure they’re happy and healthy! We pride ourselves on treating our patients like family, so call us to set up an appointment today!

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