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Cuddly Kitten Day

Did you know that there’s a special day devoted just to cuddly kittens? Mark your calendars for February 23rd: it’s Cuddly Kitten Day! For those of us in the veterinary care industry, cuddly kittens are definitely a wonderful job perk! A Glendale, AZ vet discusses proper kitten-cuddling techniques below.

Bonding

Kittens are very small and fragile, and can easily get scared. Snuggling your baby cat is a great way to help her feel loved, safe, and secure! Don’t be surprised if your tiny ball of fur starts thinking of you as her parent. Just enjoy it while it lasts: adult cats seem to think of their humans more as servants!

Comfort

Kittens spend a lot of time sleeping. After all, growing and looking cute are hard work! Offer your little furball lots of soft beds and napping spots to snuggle up in.

Kittenproofing

Cats like to explore small nooks and crannies. Your tiny furball could easily get stuck in a vent or behind a cabinet. We recommend blocking off these open spaces. You’ll also want to remove or secure any potentially-dangerous objects, like toxic plants, plastic bags and ties, chemicals, and medications. If little Fluffy protests that she can’t reach something, cuddle her!

Petiquette

Sometimes kittens can’t seem to decide whether they want to play or cuddle. If your furball suddenly bats at your fingers or bites you, address this bad behavior right away. Don’t punish or yell at little Fluffy: just tell her No in a disapproving voice, then ignore her until she’s ready to play nice.

Attention Requests

Kittens often want to be cuddled 24/7. We know, you can’t spend all your time snuggling your pet, but indulge her as much as you can. Fluffy’s adorable toddler phase will pass very quickly!

Socializing

Little Fluffy will be much friendlier, and more trusting, if she gets used to being handled while she’s still little. We are officially recommending that you cuddle your kitten as frequently as possible!

Fluffy Time

Always let your cat decide when it’s time to cuddle. Never force attention on little Fluffy if she isn’t in the mood, no matter how adorable she looks. This can backfire, and leave your pet feeling uneasy and anxious.

Please contact us, your Glendale, AZ pet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to keep your furry friend happy, healthy, and purring.

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