Part of keeping your kitten healthy and happy means helping her understand the rules of the house. You can easily teach your kitten how to play nice with you, your children, and future guests. Let’s take a closer look at the simple ways to teach your kitten how to play.
Avoid Using Your Hands
It may seem natural to wiggle your fingers and toes to play with your kitten, but this will create an annoying and potentially painful habit. If your kitten thinks that your fingers, toes, hands, and feet are toys to play with, then she will learn that it is okay to attack you and others. This may seem cute when your kitten is tiny and does not hurt you. However, it can lead to significant scratches and bites if you continue to encourage it.
Provide Kitten-Approved Toys
Instead of using your fingers and toes to entice your kitten to play, provide various types of toys for your kitten to attack and wrestle. These toys can be as simple as a rolled-up piece of paper, or you can use a fishing pole cat toy found at the store. These are great ways to keep your kitten active and playful without hurting yourself. If your kitten likes to wrestle when you give belly rubs, then provide a soft, wrestling toy that you can give your kitten before she scratches or grabs your hand.
Avoid Harsh Discouragement
It is vital that you do not yell at or hit your kitten when she bites or scratches during playtime. This is a negative reaction to a normal kitten behavior, and it could lead to your kitten feeling scared of you. When your kitten hurts you, then say a stern “no” and carefully remove your hand or foot from the situation.
Keep your kitten healthy in Scottsdale with Horizon Animal Hospital. Our veterinarian staff is highly equipped for routine checkups, as well as surgeries and difficult procedures. Please call us at (480) 800-4559 to schedule your kitten’s first checkup appointment.