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Preventative Healthcare - Cat Behaviour

Cat Behaviour and Training

Handling your kitten

It is important to start regular grooming as early as possible, particularly with long-haired cats. If you start handling your kitten now she/he will regard this as routine, making your life a lot easier and safer!

Socialising your new kitten

A well-behaved cat is a joy to have around. To ensure good behaviour throughout its life, training should start as early as possible, and your cat should be fully socialised.

The first fifteen weeks of every cat’s life is a uniquely sensitive period in which they can absorb many new experiences without fear. The more they can be exposed to these experiences at an early age the less likely they are to become scared and stressed later on in life.

It is vital, therefore, that you allow your young kitten to interact with adults, children, cats and other pets, and that you let them experience a wide range of household noises, appliances, cars, the countryside, the town, and so on.

Vaccinating as early as possible will allow socialisation outdoors and in the company of other animals, without fear of disease.

Litter Training

Cats are generally very clean animals and they will usually have already been litter trained. All you need to do is ensure that the tray is kept clean and is in a quiet area in the house. Cats do not want their toilet to be next to a busy walkway in the house or near their food.


Kittens rarely play with the nice expensive toys that you buy for them and are more likely to find enjoyment out of batting ping-pong balls around the room and hiding in cardboard boxes. Don’t be tempted to use your hands or feet for kittens to pounce on as this can lead to serious behavioural problems later on in their life.

Abbey Vets Key Points

Behaviour and Training

• Be consistent in your training

• Socialise your kitten as soon as possible

• Get used to handling your kitten and your kitten to being handled and groomed.

•  Place litter trays in a quiet area of your home away from their food

•  Vaccinate as early as possible this way you have no worries of disease when they socialise with other animals

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Treatment of sick and injured animals is obviously a very important part of our work, but we are great believers in preventative medicine.

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