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3 Things Kittens Don’t Understand

Did you know that there’s a very cat-friendly holiday coming up? January 22nd is Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day! If our feline friends could voice their most pressing questions, what do you think your kitty would want to know? We suspect that older, more dignified kitties may be confused about things like being kept indoors, going to the vet, or quantum physics. Baby cats, however, may have some very different questions. Read on as a local Broken Arrow vet lists some things kittens just don’t understand.

Manners

Kittens are without a doubt among the cutest things on the planet. They’re also among the most playful! Your frisky pet will be very interested in figuring out just how all those claws and teeth work, and may see you as a perfect target to practice on. Discourage your furball from rough play now, while she’s young: otherwise your cat could grow up with some very bad habits! To teach your tiny hunter to play nice, tell her ‘No’ whenever she attacks you, and then ignore her for a while. Sooner or later, little Fluffy will get the hint!

The Concept of Safety

Baby cats have a lot to learn about the world. Your cute ball of fur will want to explore every nook and cranny of her new domain. Kittens don’t know what is and isn’t safe for them, and often try to play with potentially-dangerous items. Remove or secure potentially-hazardous objects, such as toxic plants; medicines; plastic bags, wrappers, and ties; wires and cords; household and automotive cleaners and chemicals; and anything small or sharp. You’ll also want to keep major appliances, like washers and dryers, shut when they aren’t in use.

Gravity

Cats can instinctively climb up things, but they have to learn how to get down again. This is because those sharp little claws are angled in a way that makes going up much easier than coming down. You may find yourself plucking your adorable feline buddy off your drapes or shower curtain, or rescuing her from the top of a bookcase. It also isn’t uncommon for kittens to misjudge things when jumping, or to get stuck halfway up the couch. Keep an eye on your pet, and rescue her when she needs help.

Do you have questions about your kitten’s health or care? Contact us, your Broken Arrow animal hospital, today!

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