Cat Care: Introducing Your New Kitten to Children


www.purina.com http Kids love to play with kittens and you should know the guidelines to keep in mind when young children interact with a new kitten. Watch for a few simple steps that will help your kitten develop into a happy, healthy cat. The Kitten Connection features Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist and Purina Cat Chow Mentor Dr. Karen Sueda. Learn more about pets on The Purina Network www.youtube.com/thepurinanetwork and www.petcentric.com (v/o) The Kitten Connection featuring Dr. Karen Sueda brought to you by Purina Kitten Chow. (Karen) Hi! Im veterinarian and Purina Cat Chow Mentor Doctor Karen Sueda. A kitten is a great choice for a first pet and one frequently made by families with children. Learning to care for a kitten can help a child build self-confidence and responsibility. However, there are some guidelines to keep in mind when young children interact with a new kitten a few simple steps that will help your kitten develop into a happy, healthy cat. For starters, introduce your children to the kitten in brief, supervised visits. Frequent handling and gentle playing are important for your kittens social development, but all children must understand that kittens are sensitive, living creatures. Slow, quiet, and gentle is the way to go. Start by teaching your children how to properly pick up the kitten. Slip one hand under her chest, holding the front legs gently but firmly with your fingers. At the same time, cup your other hand under your kittens

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