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    Kittens For Sale - Introduce Yourself

    Articlegeneral cat adviceFriday 20 May 2011
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    When you buy kittens, it’s important to map out the first couple of days carefully, as it can be difficult introducing yourself to kittens missing the maternal instincts of their mother.

    Some kittens may take some time to adapt to their new surroundings, so in this guide, we take a look at how you can make the transition a whole lot easier.

     




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    1.    Cats rely on their scent to mark territory, so when you arrive home, allow the kitten plenty of time to explore their new surroundings and to become accustomed to their new cat bed. Try and leave some familiar items and a small amount of food to ease the process along.

    At this stage, you can also introduce the kitten to the litter tray, although naturally it may take some time for the kitten to adapt to using the tray. Although it’s important to allow a kitten a little room to explore, you should try and avoid leaving it alone for a long period of time.

    2.    Next, you’ll need to try and bond with the kitten. This may occur without any problem, but in some cases, it may take some time – of course, when you’re browsing kittens for sale, there’s no way of telling whether an immediate bond can be formed.

    Call out the kitten’s name a couple of times and gauge whether the cat is responding. If not, introduce some cat toys into proceedings and try and engage the kitten’s interest. Offer up a small treat if your new pet responds in a positive manner.

    3.    In some instances, a kitten may have a nervous disposition. Although this can be a little worrying for an owner, it's not a particular problem in terms of cat health, and there are steps you can take to curb the problem, and over time the kitten should begin to emerge from its shell. If doubts linger, read our guide on 'How to Get a Cat to Like You'.



    A kitten that tends to hide shouldn’t necessarily concern you, provided it is eating, drinking and exercising properly. Whenever you have the opportunity, try and stroke the kitten gently, and let go if the kitten begins to show any sign of resistance.

    4.    When it comes to stroking a kitten, as touched on above, it’s important to be as gentle and sensitive as possible. If you want to learn more about the best possible method of soothing and forming a bond with the kitten, read our guide on ‘How to Hold a Cat’.

    Finally, it’s important to remember that you should never hold a kitten by the scruff of the neck unless you have plenty of prior experience with handling cats in this way. Generally, it’s best to pick them up in a conventional fashion.


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