How to survive your cat's teenhood - Dr. Marty Becker

How to survive your cat’s teenhood

Tuesday, Jun 20th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Is your cat 6 to 18 months old? That age range is when kittens morph from cute to cat. Like human teenagers, adolescent cats are ready to display their independence and show the world what they can do — whether that’s making the biggest scratches on the furniture, marking their territory with urine, or (if they aren’t yet altered) yowling and prowling in search of a companion with whom they can procreate.

The good news is that the adolescent stage doesn’t last forever. Get through it by channeling feline energy through puzzle toys, play time and trick training, and spaying or neutering your pet if the surgery hasn’t already been done.

Before you know it, your kitten will have moved from sulky adolescence to cool-cat adulthood.

Read more, including the inside story on dogs’ ears, and tips for keeping your dog safe from canine influenza, in this week’s Pet Connection!