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Playing With A Kitten

November 1, 2023
Adopting a kitten is very fun and exciting. There are few things more adorable than baby cats. It probably won’t take your little buddy long at all to have you wrapped around her tiny paws. You may also find that your furry pal is quite feisty. Baby cats are both active and curious, and they tend to be very, very focused on mastering all those claws and teeth. A local Columbia, MD vet offers some tips on playing with your tiny pal in this article.

Start Good Habits

It’s important to teach your little buddy good habits now. Kittens often like to pounce on their humans’ toes, or sometimes bite and scratch. This is cute in a tiny furball, but can be quite dangerous behavior in older cats. Teach your kitten to play nicely. If she uses her claws on you, you can discourage her by blowing in her face, squirting her with water, or clapping your hands. Then, address her sternly. You can say ‘No’ or ‘Play nice’ or ‘Put your claws away.’ You may get a shocked and confused look at first, but be consistent. Little Fluffy will figure it out sooner or later. Don’t punish your pet, though: thay may just frighten her.

Make It A Routine

Pets always feel safest when they are kept on a steady schedule for things like meals and playtime. (Your kitty will figure out her napping schedule on her own.) Try to play with your tiny buddy at roughly the same time every day. Before bedtime is a good time: this increases the chances that your kitten will sleep through the night, instead of waking you up by pouncing on you in the middle of the night.


Cats are very curious, and they don’t know what is and isn’t safe. Your pet may try to play with all sorts of things that can injure her. Small or sharp objects, such as craft kit pieces, beads, buttons, and safety pins, can all choke playful pets. Anything with ropes or strings are entanglement problems. These things can also cause serious and potentially fatal internal injuries if swallowed. Toxins are another concern. That includes things like household products, poisonous plants, paint, drain cleaners, and pesticides, to name just a few. Ask your vet for specific advice on this. Please reach out to us for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. As your Columbia, MD pet hospital, we are dedicated to offering top-notch care.

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