Bonding with and Training Kittens

We have all heard about the value of pets for heart health — lowering blood pressure — for example.   And I would expect to find such information on the WebMD site.  The truly surprising discovery was the presence of articles addressing the emotional and health needs of kittens and cats also on the WebMD site.  It was comforting to me to know that I had been doing some of the things recommended in an article on How To Bond With A Cat.

Patience with kittens pays off in the long run — insane amounts of patience will create a happy kitten and a calm household!

Nosey Nell with her feathers

A soft voice, positive attitude combined with play and appropriate cat furniture are also called for.

As young kittens, Maddie Bell and Nosey Nell would chase after feathers attached to a ‘fishing pole’ toy until they just lay in the floor and panted — they loved it and so did I.  When one of them actually captured the feathers, I let go of the pole and the little toot would raise her head, give out a warning kitten growl and haul the captured toy under the bed.  If I didn’t find the feathers and put them away, I would wake up at night with a kitten on my pillow, hauling the feathers, dragging the pole and wanting to play.

Play is an important part of bonding with young kittens.  Before too much time passes, they will begin exhibiting adult hunting behavior by sitting still and waiting for the feather to come close enough to grab.  But in the beginning it’s all a mad chase and tons of fun.

I highly recommend those fishing pole toys for creating a bonding experience with your kitten!

Emily S Carter

My two beautiful little girl kitties came from ARF -- a rescue service in Wimberley. Maddie Bell, in the header photo, likes to help me make the bed.

Shelter cats are the best!


Making a difference to pet owners looking for their lost cat [or dog] – this is a place to post information about your animal and to provide contact information -- see the Lost Cat page.

Its also home to cat and dog stories -- see The Literary Cat page.


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