Whether you are looking for a competition-level cat or a pet-level cat, the character of the cat is very important. A confident and fearless cat will bring many different pleasures to life. On the contrary, an introverted or “anti-social” cat may be difficult to get along with and not suitable for playing games. Unconfident cats will run away immediately when they encounter anything they are afraid of. If they can’t escape, they may also try to hide. This kind of personality is not good for the cat himself, and the owner may not like it.
Some kittens are very confident when they are born and are very outgoing from the beginning. This kind of kittens will be those in the same litter that immediately begin to explore the surrounding environment. They may also be startled by a loud noise or an unexpected movement, but it will adjust quickly.
Other kittens seem to be naturally timid. It lacked self-confidence from the beginning. It hesitated to explore its surroundings. When its litter walks forward, it retreats. A little unexpected noise will make it rush around under the sofa, and sometimes it’s not easy to lure them out.
The role of genetics
Kitten is not born as a white board-its individual genes will help its personality development. This means that a shy kitten has some timid genes in his bones. But personality is also affected by the kitten’s growth style and early life experience. It is this fact that we can help kittens learn to be more confident.
Teach kittens to be more confident
So, how do you ensure that every kitten you raise is confident and social-especially how to help shy kittens gain confidence? You can’t build the kitten’s confidence overnight, but you can gradually build the kitten’s confidence so that it can face new things more bravely. There are several important components to building the confidence of a shy kitten:
Start living with the shy kitty as early as possible.
Create an environment that helps kittens feel successful.
Introduce new things to kittens in a gentle, non-overwhelming way.
Prevent more outgoing littermates from bullying him.
Try to avoid bad experiences for kittens.
Start early: in the first seven weeks
“Imprint” is a rapid learning process for newborn animals to establish new behavior patterns. Kittens are most susceptible to imprinting from birth to 7 weeks of age. In this short engraving stage, everything you let the kitten come into contact with will have a huge impact on its developmental personality. In the first two months of life, gently introduce the kitten to many things you want it to accept and live comfortably in the future. This includes:
People (family and strangers, children and adults, men and women)
Other animals, including cats and dogs
Grooming (grooming, bathing, cutting nails, checking ears and teeth)
Travel by car
Various noises and different volume levels
Most kittens are naturally naughty, but not all. Kittens who are less confident may flinch when their siblings play. You need to spend extra time with this kitten to encourage it to play. Through play, kittens can experience success, and success builds self-confidence.
Get along with kittens alone, or just with one companion. Try a variety of toys until you find the shy kitty’s favorite toy. If the kitten seems afraid of this action, don’t move the toy too excitedly. Take it easy. Shake the toy a little bit, or make it make a little noise-enough to arouse the kitten’s curiosity. If you move the toy and the kitten backs up or hides, it is moving too much. Once the kitten is chasing the toy, it is important for the kitten to “catch” the toy often. This mimics the success of cats in capturing prey in the wild. If your kitten “hunts” successfully, its confidence will increase.
Many cats will be more confident if they climb higher. When the cat swoops at its prey from trees and big rocks, it may be left by its wild ancestors. Give the shy kitten something easy to climb. Encourage the shy kitten to use its favorite toys to guide it up obstacles.
Avoid forcing kittens
Especially when the shy kitten starts to leave her mother to explore the environment for the first time, it is important not to be overwhelmed by too many new things at the same time. You have to supervise these first attempts to enter the “bigger” world beyond the protection of mothers on the spot. If you want, often let the shy kitten go to a comfortable and safe place. Always encourage the kitten to explore new things, but don’t force it.
Eliminate competition while maintaining friendship
By observing each litter of kittens, you can evaluate each individual’s personality and take appropriate measures to help each kitten’s personality develop. Letting a bolder kitten lead the way is a balance, but don’t let the shy kitten get scared.
Part of the kitten’s early experience was living with a group of litters of kittens. From the moment of birth, some kittens will become more active in nursing, and some kittens will become less confident. As they get older, some kittens react happily to the messy game, while others shrink back and don’t like it.
If an introverted kitten is bullied by its more extroverted roommates, it may never have a chance to build self-confidence-so it will fall into a lifelong introvert state. In order to avoid this situation, you should separate the introverted kitten from the more extroverted playmates, so that the introverted kitten has the opportunity to play and explore things at his own pace. This can give him more confidence. On the other hand, some kittens gain confidence by following-as long as the kittens in the litter are frightened, they will dare to follow.
Avoid bad experiences
Even an outgoing kitten can lose confidence if it is very scared, especially at a very young age. The “forgetting” of fear is never easy and sometimes impossible, so it makes more sense to protect kittens from fear. What is a bad experience for kittens? Being treated roughly by unattended children; shocked by loud noises such as vacuum cleaners or music; intimidated by a big dog; just to name a few, being put into the bath too quickly, etc…
Evaluate your kitten as early as possible, find any introverted kitten, and give it special attention to encourage it to be less timid and more confident. Building a kitten’s confidence can be achieved through a series of intensive exercises, especially if you practice in the first few months after the kitten is born.