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A Kitten’s Developing Behavior

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

cute kittens 3Kittens form their habits by copying their mother. This occurs when they are between four and eight weeks old.  If the mother is “skiddish”and afraid of  strangers, most likely her kitten will also be afraid of strangers.  Depending on the kitten’s genetic predisposition, this initial shyness may go away as she matures and if she has repeated good experiences with strangers.

The period of prime socialization to people is between two and seven weeks of age. That’s why feral cats usually run when they see people. They have never been exposed to them.  During this two to seven week period, it’s important for kittens to be handled by different people in pleasant ways. Kitten that are under-socialized are likely to be scared of strangers and may hiss, spit, strike out or dash away.

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