How to teach a new cat or kitten to your hands?
When a new kitten or an adult cat appears in the house, the temptation to constantly hold a new family member in his arms is great. However, it should be guided by common sense and observe a number of rules. How to teach a new cat or kitten to hands?
How to train a kitten
It is easier to tame a kitten than an unfamiliar adult cat. As he gets used to the new house, at least once a day, carefully pick up the kitten in his arms, while quietly talking to him in a calm voice. Hold him for a short time (no more than five minutes) and release him where he prefers to sit.
A few days later, you can hold a kitten in your arms and sit on a chair or sofa. If the baby is trying to play in a rude manner (scratch or bite), say “No!” and lower it to the floor.
In no case do not take the kitten by the scruff! Unfortunately, this is a common method, and people who do so motivate their behavior by imitating the behavior of a cat-mother. But the problem is that you are not a cat and you can injure a kitten.
Correctly picking up a kitten is to support with one hand under the breast, and the other under the hind legs.
When the baby gets used to being in his arms, and with pleasure, you can begin to slowly walk around the room, not forgetting to calmly talk with the kitten. And at the same time, gradually begin to accustom the pet to the touches that will be needed for veterinary examinations and hygiene procedures.
How to train an adult cat
It’s more difficult to train an adult cat, especially if you don’t know how it was handled in the past. And before you pet a new cat or take it in your hands, you need to give it time to adapt to the new conditions. Sometimes before the cat allows itself to be stroked or picked up, it takes several weeks. Be patient, and the purr will tell you when it is ready for close contact.
Remember that taming sessions should not be time-consuming. It is worth conducting them in the most relaxed conditions.
After the cat allows you to hold it in your arms, you can begin to carefully accustom it to hygiene procedures.
In no case do not hold the cat in your arms if it:
- tails tail
- turns his face towards your hand
- presses ears
- catches a hand with front paws with claws released.