The Puppy and the Dog They have been man’s companion through the ages and adapted to their owners, but they have their own behavioural and nutritional demands. Knowing and respectingthem will guarantee their health and well-being.

The cat’s feline nature is always a matter of fascination.He adapts with apparent ease to daily life, and yet he has behavioural and nutritional requirements of his own. Knowing them and respecting them will guarantee his well-being and his health.

Because of its composition, a Royal Canin Health Nutrition food provides all essential nutrients measured out with utmost precision in order to contribute every day and on a long-term basis to the well-being and health of every animal, according to his age, his size, his physiological condition and his breed.

Innovation for the sake of dogs and cats’ health. For over 40 years, Royal Canin has worked with breeder partners and veterinary nutritionists to go ever further into innovation and precision to enable us to formulate nutritional solutions which perfectly meet dogs and cats’ real needs.

Living with your kitten

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Grace of motion, softness of coat, mischievous unpredictability... The promises of an affectionate and knowing presence are already there, ready to bloom. As the only one in charge of his animal’s health and well-being, man owes it to himself to know his kitten’s true needs among which nutrition is an essential element.

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A well-trained kitten

When your kitten arrives in his new home, at around 3 months old, most of his behaviour is acquired by the actions of his mother, siblings and breeder. It important to ensure that your kitten fits into his new environment as his experiences and learning is based on his life up to 9 months of age.

A kitten’s behavioural development has major consequences when he reaches adulthood. Grooming, elimination and feeding activities are partly innate. His mother teaches him nearly everything else.

From 3 weeks of age, a kitten may do his elimination in a litter box and is generally house-trained by 6 weeks of age. On average, as early as 4 weeks of age, he is able to feed on the same food as his mother, imitating her behaviour and acquiring her dietary preferences. It is also within his own family that a kitten gets familiar with his own species and integrates the necessary self-controls, especially controlling his biting and scratching.

Socialisation, a crucial period

Socialisation, to a large extent, conditions his behaviour as a future adult; since it’s during this period that a kitten learns about events and situations that he will be confronted with.

Socialisation with humans and other animals mainly takes place between 2 and 7 weeks of age. During this period, it is necessary for a kitten to evolve in an environment that will integrate all future stimuli to which he will be confronted: children playing, their screams, television, music, barking and interaction with human who will handle him and play with him, interaction with other animals, miscellaneous objects such as balls, and cardboard boxes in which he’ll hide.

When the future owner takes over

Entirely taken up by the discovery of his new environment, a young kitten quickly forgets his siblings. Properly welcomed, he is likely to prove to be well trained. Nevertheless, as a new owner, you must spend time with your new kitten, playing and observing his preferences during the weeks after his arrival.

Among the most poorly accepted behaviour, sharpening his claws, corresponds to a need that’s quite normal for a cat. This is why setting up a vertical scratcher near one of his favourite spots or installing a cat tree is a must.

On the other hand, biting, aggressiveness and dirtiness must lead without delay to identify the origin of these events with the help of a veterinarian. Once the causes have been identified, it may be very simple to remedy them at an early age.

You should rather train than punish

Punishing an animal for any problem whatsoever, like dirtiness or undesirable behaviour, does not help the animal understand that his actions were wrong. On the contrary, it generates fear, which may lead him to reproduce the inadequate behaviour out of a lack of understanding, and he runs the risk of being punished by his owner or of prompting him to be ill tempered. Fear, which comes back, will turn into anxiety with detrimental health consequences. Education must be based on sound knowledge of the animal’s needs and on rewarding him.