HOW TO GROOM A KITTEN
Grooming is an easy way to begin forging a lifetime bond with your kitten. Kittens generally stay with their mother for 8-12 weeks, fully weaning from milk at 8-10 weeks. If your kitten was separated or orphaned from its mother too soon, performing these grooming behaviors is especially important:
- Dip a soft, cat tongue-sized paintbrush in 100°F water. The normal body temperature of a cat ranges from 99.2-102.5°F. Make sure the paintbrush is NEW.
- Blot the paintbrush so it’s moist, not sopping or dripping wet.
- Pick your kitten up by the scruff by pinching the back of its neck with your thumb and forefingers.
- Place your kitty in front of you and begin “licking” it with the paintbrush in the same way a mother cat bathes her kitten.
Watch this video to see how it’s done: