Educating a cat can be complex, especially if it turns out to be anxious, hyperactive, or even aggressive. In reality, this type of behavior is explained by incomplete weaning. Contacted by 30millionsdamis.fr, veterinary Dr Brigitte Leblanc looks back on its causes and the solutions to remedy them.
” In cats, mothers don’t just feed their babies! It also ensures their education, and this, at many levels ”, says veterinary Dr Brigitte Leblanc. A kitten can therefore be weaned physically quite quickly, but that does not mean that it will be psychologically. The role of his mother is essential in this respect.
Behavioral disorders linked to early weaning
Indeed, it is the mother – or another adult cat, known as a “regulator” – who, through the sanctions she inflicts on him, educates the kitten. More specifically, she teaches him the self-control mechanisms of the retraction of the claws and the inhibition of bites. This learning is acquired around the age of 9 weeks. It is therefore necessary that the kittens stay long enough with an adult of its kind, before any adoption.
Kittens with insufficient mothering develop hypersensitivity and hyperactivity.
B. Leblanc – Veterinary Dr
Otherwise, small cats could develop behavioral disorders. ” Thus, it often happens that kittens with insufficient mothering develop hypersensitivity and hyperactivity., explains the vet. This is the case with kittens who, admittedly appreciated by their jovial temperament, cannot control their bites and scratches, but also small felines who play non-stop, unable to stop their play sequence. “. The resulting anxiety, aggression, and even destruction can only be reversed at the cost of lifelong medical treatment.
Prohibit the transfer of an animal less than 10 weeks old
In such a situation, seeking the advice of a veterinarian as soon as possible is therefore essential. This one will be able to give you some useful advices to the education of your feline. ” For example, banish punishments, too anxiety-provoking, but do not hesitate to reprimand him with a firm “no” as soon as he scratches you., recommends Dr. Leblanc. It is also important that you are the initiator of the games so as not to let him decide.. But if the situation becomes more critical, it will be advisable to seek the help of a behaviorist.
Ban punishments, but don’t hesitate to reprimand him with a “no” if he scratches you.
B. Leblanc – Veterinary Dr
These behavioral disorders thus testify to the need to transfer animals – free of charge or at a cost – only after a sufficiently long period of time to allow the best possible mothering. The deputy Loïc Dombreval (LaRem) proposes, among his 121 recommendations for animal welfare, not only to prohibit the transfer of a dog or a cat less than 10 weeks old, but also to impose its acquisition directly from the breeder – if applicable – by demanding to see the animal’s interactions with its mother. Currently, article L. 214-8 of the rural code only imposes a period of 8 weeks, which does not ensure efficient socialization of our 30 million friends.