Preventive behavioural medicine for cats

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As demographics of society change, with more and more people living in busy single-person households, cats appear to be the ideal pet: small, clean, low care and clean as well. However, although cats may appear to be ‘lower maintenance’ than dogs, they are not a ‘no-care’ pet. This chapter looks at prevention of problems, kitten socialization and training, kitten problem behaviours, introducing a new kitten.

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7.1 Toys for kittens allow both mental and physical stimulation.
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7.2 Kitten classes should teach the owner how to check a kitten’s ears and trim its nails.
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7.3 A kitten can be trained to walk in a harness. (Premier’s “Come With Me Kitty™” harness and bungee leash, courtesy of Premier Pet Products.)
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7.4 Moveable toys should dangle freely to avoid damage to the holder. (Courtesy of D. Mills.)
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7.5 Kittens on a climbing tower.
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