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Cat Care Center Common Questions

  • Why do kittens meow?

    The truth of the matter is there isn't one answer, but many experts agree that they meow most often because they want something — say, for instance, some food or to be let outside or even to cuddle. Meows can also be incredibly nuanced and have a different type of tone or pitch depending on what the kitten wants. It is important, however, to make certain the meow isn't out of distress. There are times a meow can indicate a health issue.
  • Why do kittens purr?

    A kitten's purr is another complex emotional signal that is designed to communicate with other cats and to us humans. Purrs can be a sign of contentment and general well-being, but they can also be an indication of an injury or illness. When in doubt, check the kitten's body language.
  • Should I speak to my kitten?

    Yes, by all means, please do. The happiest kittens are those that feel like part of a family. Greet her, acknowledge her and speak to her in a soothing tone. You may even be surprised when she starts speaking back to you, but this is perfectly normal.
  • Why does my kitty rub against my leg?

    This type of body language is just another form of communication. Some experts believe that the rubbing is a sort of "marking." A way that your kitten can say that you are their friend and that other cats should stay clear. Isn't that flattering?
  • What is kneading?

    Kneading is the motion cats make by rhythmically alternating their paws, pushing in and out against a pliable, soft object (such as a lap). Not all kittens (and cats) knead in the same way; some never push out their claws at all, and some even use all four paws. Some experts say kneading is an instinctual reflex from when the kitten help stimulate the mother's milk production, while others claim it is a way to mark you by activating scent glands inside the bottom of their paws. Either way, to ensure the comfort of both you and your kitten, make a habit of keeping his nails trimmed, or invest in nail guards to cover your cat's nails.
  • What are some signs of stress in kittens?

    Excessive grooming, lack of appetite, depression, aggression, and inappropriate spraying on the walls or outside the litter box are all different ways your kitten may act out when she is stressed. Depending on the severity of the stress, you may want to contact your veterinarian or a behaviorist.
  • Why is my kitty going outside the litter box?

    First, it is important to determine if it is the result of spraying or inappropriate urination. Spraying is a result of kittens marking their territory, and is generally just a splatter, whereas inappropriate urination will be a larger puddle. You will want to address any urination outside of the litter box quickly, before it becomes normal behavior for your kitten.

    If your kitten is spraying, try making her feel more secure, as that is often why cats get possessive. If inappropriate urination has become an issue with your kitten, the most important thing you can do is make an appointment with your veterinarian. He or she will perform a physical exam and urinalysis to determine if the problem is medical. If it isn't, seek advice from a veterinary behaviorist.
  • How can I stop my kitten from shredding my furniture?

    Kittens often claw to shed dead nail tis¬sues, spread their signature scent, and express anxiety. If this is occurring in your home, you may want to try and redirect the kitten. Instead of shouting at your kitten, buy her a scratching post and coax her to it. With a little encouragement and perhaps some incentives you may have your furniture back.
  • How can I stop my kitten from climbing up on my shelves and other high places?

    There are various methods to deter your kitten from leap tall bookshelves in a single bound. Some of the favorites include placing aluminum foil or double-sided tape on the objects (kittens hate the sound and feel of it), blocking access to the rooms with the objects or adding unwanted scents to the room such as citrus. If all else fails, you may want to buy your kitten a perch of her own.

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