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Kitten Care Understanding Your Kitten

Your new kitten will sleep up to 16 hours a day, so it’s important to create a comfy spot for her slumber. Designate a corner of your house as the “kitten corner” —a place for her to unwind. The spot should be warm, quiet, and away from high-traffic areas of your home. The area should include her bed, a scratching post for stretching when she wakes up and her favourite toys.

But remember, cats can be very particular creatures. Don’t be disappointed if your kitten doesn’t take to the spot straight away. Be patient. She’ll come around eventually.

You should also know that cats are nocturnal animals. Don’t be surprised to hear your kitten scampering around at night. You can alter this behaviour somewhat by playing with her in the early evening to use up some excess energy. Feeding her supper early helps too. If she still wakes you up at night, resist the urge to feed her or play with her, as this will only reward and reinforce such behaviour.

Your kitten is curious, frisky, and full of life. Sometimes it may be hard to tell whether she’s being playful or aggressive. She may pounce and stalk unsuspecting toys or scraps of paper. Don’t worry, she’s just exercising her natural predatory instincts in a harmless — and often amusing — manner. Just be sure to provide her with appropriate toys so she can act out these instincts on objects, and never on you. Give her wads of paper, ping-pong balls, or kitten fishing toys to enhance playtime. Avoid toys that can be shredded, shattered, or swallowed.
Finally, try not to offer up your hands, fingers, feet, or clothing as playthings. This may encourage aggressive behaviour. When you’re playing together, stick to safe kitten toys and you’re sure to have fun