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Stress


Stress is a common factor for almost every problem or illness associated with kittens. It can exacerbate a condition that already exists or in some cases lower the kitten’s resistance when they do come in contact with infectious virus or bacteria.

Eliminating stress will not insure healthy kittens but it may reduce the severity of the kitten’s illness.

The following situations can cause stress to cats and kittens:

  • Introducing a new cat/kitten to an existing household pet. For more information on introducing a new kitten to your household.
  • Changing litter – this should be done slowly by mixing the older litter with the new type.
  • Changing the canned food being used – may cause diarrhea while cat/kitten is adjusting to the new food. Try introducing the new food slowly a little at a time while still feeding the previous food. Do not mix the foods together.
  • Changing the dry food being used – may cause diarrhea while cat/kitten is adjusting to the new food. Dry food can be mixed together in the beginning slowly decreasing the amount of the old food.
  • Not enough litter boxes – common cause of eliminating outside of the litter box. At a minimum a litter box should be provided in the rooms that the cat(s)/kitten(s) use most frequently. For more information please visit http://www.
  • Inadequately socialized as a kitten – kittens that are removed from the mother at prior to six weeks of age have not reached the peak of playful interactions which occurs at eleven weeks. A kitten that is separated from its siblings also will have problems socializing in new or different environments.
  • Loud or consistent noises – A dog constantly barking, small children that become over stimulated, construction work, or constant activity around the kittens can cause stress. These types of situations should be limited as much as possible.
  • Never punish a kitten physically since they do not relate their action to the punishment. A firm “no” should suffice or distract the kitten by startling it with a loud noise, like a whistle or clapping your hands together. In extreme cases where one kitten is overly aggressive to its littermates a “time-out” is indicated wherein the aggressive kitten is placed in a small room by itself for a short period of time.

There are many different causes of stress. For more information on overcoming stress click here.

 



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