|Most kittens are conceived during spring – when queens come on heat and are mated by that traveler tom that we have never seen, but surely heard – especially at night when there was competition from other lovers….! Following a gestation period of about 58 days, many cat litters will be born during November and December. Kittens suckle for about 6-8 weeks where after they are weaned and given away to new homes…And this is where you come in. Yes, that new kitten. Responsible ownership of a kitten – that is to grow up into a formidable adult cat that rules the roost – starts with understanding new kitten – adult cat interactive behavior. If we don’t we may end up being bad “parents” and the cat’s character may be spoiled for the rest of its life…We often take the arrival for granted and expect the other cats, if there are any, to accept the newcomer without prejudice. But it simply doesn’t work like this. The intriguing world of cat psychology dictates that many subtle and not so subtle interactions take place when there is a new kid on the block!Examples what to be on the lookout for and how to deal with each are:
Of course the ideal situation is that the older cat(s) will accept the new kitten and indulge in play and teaching behavior – helping the kitten to become kinetically competent and showing it the skills of stalking, hunting and those other necessary competencies any cat requires to be accepted in the neighborhood clan.