What’s in a meow? Our feline friendly nurses share their kitten behaviour tips
July 14, 2022
Understanding your kitten’s behaviour is extremely important so that you can help them feel happy and safe in your home, and help them grow into a healthy adult cat. Our feline friendly nurses have put together their top tips on how to do this below.
Before we dig in, if you haven’t booked your kitten’s first appointment for a health check and lots of cuddles yet, you can contact us by telephone or use the ‘book an appointment’ link on our website.
Getting to know your kitten
Our feline friendly nurses are highly experienced when it comes to kitten care. Read their advice below to discover how to interpret your kitten’s behaviour.
Listening to your kitten
Kittens, like babies, will tell you what they want from you through the sounds they make or their body language. Listen out for the pitch of their meows:
- Low-pitched meows are cause for concern as they indicate dissatisfaction
- High-pitched meows indicate happiness
- Repetition of meows means that they are looking to be fed or cuddled
Connecting with your kitten
Our feline friendly nurses can recommend a great way to connect with your kitten – allow them to rub their face against yours. This releases feel-good pheromones through their cheeks and reinforces the comfort and love you share with your pet. A kitten will also ‘knead’ you, or an object like a cushion. This shows contentment and reminds them of suckling from their mother.
Interpreting your kitten’s needs
Purring can be seen as a kitten’s way of showing their happiness and affection for their owner. However, if your kitten is unwell or anxious, they will sometimes purr to attract attention. Hissing and growling indicate that your kitten is afraid; it’s important here to remove them from the threat (real or perceived).
Reading your kitten’s body language
Your kitten will show you how they are feeling through their body language:
- Tail held up = happy
- Tail between legs = scared
- Twitching tail = excited
- Pricked ears = curious
- Rolling over = wants attention
- Settles on your lap = comfortable
- Blinking or half-closed eyes = relaxed
How can Feliway help my kitten to settle?
Cats and kittens like their routine. They love their home, where they have their habits and all their belongings. Unlike us, even the slightest change in their life might stress them, and sometimes it may result in unpleasant situations and behaviours. Click here to find out how the pheromone Feliway may help to provide an enhanced message of social confidence and safety in the environment and to help kittens cope with the pace of modern life.
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