Sleep rest and play for your cat or kitten

Your kitten, or your cat, will love to play and rest. They will spend several hours each day asleep and will appreciate a comfortable bed to sleep in.

The cat bed should be placed somewhere peaceful, dry, free from draughts and be kept clean. Many cat beds are now machine washable and plastic ones can be cleaned with warm soapy water.

When awake, your cat or kitten can easily become bored. It is essential to provide activities to keep them amused.

Cats can live happily in the same house as babies and toddlers

Cats can live happily in the same house as babies and toddlersThere is no reason why pet cats or kittens cannot live happily in the same home as babies or toddlers as long as they learn mutual respect.

Kittens have a very short socialisation phase and the first four to sixteen weeks of life are critical to ensure good behaviour develops.

For this reason, ensure you get a cat or kitten from a house where they:

  • have had plenty of handling
  • have experienced many sights and smells

This will help reduce the risk of behavioural problems in your cat as it gets older.

Your kitten should be socialised with children as soon as possible to help ensure they get on well together. It is important that children are taught to treat them with respect. Ensure they leave a cat to rest quietly and do not taunt or tease any cat.

A scratching post will amuse your cat and keep his claws sharp

A scratching post will amuse your cat and keep his claws sharpSafe and appropriate cat toys should be provided to keep your cat or kitten amused and prevent boredom. If your cat is an indoor cat, ensure that it has plenty to keep it occupied.

A cat scratching post will provide an opportunity to sharpen its claws, mark its territory and exercise its muscles. It is a good idea to have two or three dotted around your home.

If the cat's toys become unsafe, they should be discarded and new ones obtained. You should supervise your pet as closely as possible during play so they do not become injured.

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