Kittens

by Shawnee Haight

Types of cats

According to Melissa, the top 5 breeds of cats are Persian, Main Coon, Exotic Persian, Siamese, and Abyssinian. "The Persian cat is famous for being the aristocat of catdom" (1). Cats have thick coats, big eyes, and short and strong bodies (1). The Persian cat is one of the most friendliest, loyal and affectionate cat breeds (1). "People have said they have been the most popular cat breed since 1871" (1). "The Main Coon was named in the mistaken belief that it was half raccoon" (2). The Coon is long haired with a thick coat, and are very active (2). Exotics are Persians that have short hair (3). They are friendly and have the same characteristics of the long haired Persian (3). Siamese cats are known for not being the friendliest of breeds (4). "They are very quick witted and excellent jumpers and climbers" (4). "They were watch cats of the temples, their loud cries warned of the approach of the enemy" (4). The Abyssinian cat costs more than most cats, but is still one of the most popular cats (5). The Abyssinian looks mean but it is a people person, and always wants to be by your side (5). "It would be very difficult to find a cat more loyal than the Abyssinian" (5).

Growth and Development

According to Pet Yak , "Most mother cats will go to great lengths to hide when they are pregnant and about to give birth" (2). The kittens will be guarded and protected by their mother like a animal protects their prey because she knows that her babies need time to fully develop before coming in contact with the outside world (2). "A newborn kitten cannot go to the bathroom on its own until about two and a half weeks old" (3). A new born kitten cannot see at birth because they come out with a film over the eyes (3). Play time is like a recess to a kitten (10). "Kittens have a great time playing with each other - rough housing, stalking, pouncing, chasing, and grooming each other" (10). "Young kittens don't know they are hurting you when they grab or bite at your hand, or run up your pant leg" (10).


How to care for your kitten

According to Partnership for Animal Welfare, "kittens need to stay warm, but their bodies are too small to retain body heat" (6). Kittens like to cuddle up together, or curl up under your chin or in your lap to sleep to keep warm (6). "Kittens younger than about 10 weeks need a warm place to be" (6). "Your kitten should receive his first distemper shot when he/she is about 8 weeks old. A booster shot is then needed 3 to 4 weeks later. After this, the kitten will need annual boosters" (15).

Cat Training

According to Perfect Paws, "before you start training your cats to do something or to stop doing something, you need to look at how cats learn" (3). They don't understand what we are saying, they can't read books or do research or attend lectures (3). "They learn by experience, if the experience is good, they will try to repeat it" (3). "The key to training a cat and understanding cat behavior is to make sure that whatever you want your cat to do is exceedingly rewarding and pleasurable" (4). When a cat or kitten does something wrong you scowl them to show that they shouldn't do it (5). If they do something right you praise them so they know that they can do it (6).

Types of Food

According to All About Cute Kitten, "Proper dietary habits play a primary role in maintaining a glossy coat, healthy teeth, strong muscles and bones, and an intact immune system" (1). Putting your kitten on a diet affects their behavior (1). "Without a proper diet and the right kind of kitten food, kittens may act lethargic, have allergies, or develop health problems such as develop diabetes" (1). Depending on the breed, kittens grow amazingly fast at a rate of one pound a month until around ten months of age (2).

Kitten Rescue

According to Kitten Rescue, kittens are normally abandoned if you disturb their nest (3). A momcat can be harder to spot but just because she’s not there doesn’t mean she’s not around (3). "If the kittens are clean, plump, and sleeping quietly in a heap, odds are that they’ve got an attentive mom and should be left alone" (3). Kittens should'nt be taken from their mother until they are 5 to 6 weeks old (3). "However, kittens born to feral mothers should be taken away, if possible, at about 4 weeks old" (3).

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