Kitten Quiz
by Dr Stefanie Schwartz, Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist
01:38 AM, Thursday, July 18
To prepare your home for your new kitten:
• Lie down on the floor to see the world of adventure from her perspective
• Secure small or toxic items they can swallow everywhere in your home including counter tops, trash bins, cabinets…
• Provide cat trees or extra staggered shelves your kitten can climb (roll up your drapes!)
• All of the above

To teach kittens to tolerate nail trims:
• Gently touch their feet and toes and give them a special treat
• Trim one claw every day and give them a special treat
• Give them a special toy they only get at pedicure time
• All of the above

Kittens should be immediately encouraged to use a scratch post:
• To prevent destructive scratching later in life
• To train them to scratch mark the post rather than your couch
• So that you won’t need to consider declaw surgery later on
• All of the above

Which of the following is true regarding litter box training your kitten?
• Use an easy access container for small kittens like an aluminum foil pie plate or lasagna pan
• Scratch your fingers in the dry litter sand to encourage them to void in it
• Avoid using harsh chemicals to clean the litter pan (occasional rinsing with liquid soap and warm water works just fine)
• All of the above

Two kittens are better than one because:
• They will entertain each other and generally become close companions
• Solitary kittens are more likely to direct play aggression onto their owners
• You will be saving two lives instead of one!
• All of the above

Answers to All of the above: All of the Above! Have a great summer!

Dr. Stefanie Schwartz ­­­­Dr. Stefanie Schwartz is a board certified veterinary behaviorist based in Southern California. She sees patients at California Veterinary Specialists in Carlsbad and at The Veterinary Neurology Center in Tustin, CA. For more information, please call (949) 342-6644 or visit
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