Socialization for your Kittie
Socializtion for your Cat can come in different forms.
- Socializing to adults and kids in your home
- Socializing to other Cats in your home
- Socializing to Dogs in your home
Cats are ideal for socializing up to 4 months of age, but don't despair if you have a new older cat as they too can be socialized with a little more patience and time.
It is important to first consider your home lifestyle when socializing your new Cat. How do you want your new friend to behave in different circustances. For example, if you have toddler aged children it is a good idea to get your Cat used to being interupted while eating, perhaps put your hand in the bowl while eating or touch their tail. You know your toddlers are likely to behave this way as they have so much love to give, and this socialization will help prevent any possible scratches or bites!
Patience is the key word when socializing a new Cat in your house. Get down on their level, coax them to come to you, be gentle, perhaps reward them with a small treat. We recommend no more than half an hour a day to socialize initially. If during the socialization training they start to get irritated by arching the back or hissing, this is a good sign to take a break.
If you are bringing your new Cat into a home that already has a Dog or you have gotten a new Dog at the same time, then you really want them to be pals. Depending on the Dog it is a good idea to take the Dog on a nice long walk before the introduction, burn off some of that excess energy. At first you will likely need to do small 10 - 15 minute intervals for daily introductions over about a week. Perhaps put them in a room together that has a divider to keep them apart. This will help them get used to each other's scents.
Remember Cats always come to the person that tries the least for their affection. So don't be overly enthusiastic, they will come to you when they are ready.
Cats won't always follow you around everywhere like a Dog does, but they do know you are there and appreciate the companionship, on their terms, making it very important to start setting expectations (by way of socialization) as soon as they come into your home.