Affection: The cat licks you. Ready for fun or affection. Ears flat out sideways: «What’s up? Ears down and back: «I’m furious. Paw strokes, Paw hugs: «I love you. Eyes wide open and looking at you: «I’m listening.
Eyes half closed: «I’m sleepy. Eye pupils in slits: «I’m feeling alert and confident. Blinking and winking: «I’m talking to you, I like you. A stare is a challenge. A kitten winking at you means she trusts you, wink back with both eyes! Kitten learns to orient toward sound.
Competition for rank and territory begins. Separation from mother and littermates at this point can lead to poor learning skills and aggression toward people and other pets. By the third week, sense of smell is well-developed and kitten can see well enough to find her mother. By the fourth week, sense of smell is fully mature and sense of hearing is well-developed. Kitten starts to interact with littermates and can walk fairly well. Teeth start to come in.
By the fifth week, eyesight is fully mature, and kitten can right herself, run, place her feet precisely, avoid obstacles, stalk and pounce, and catch «prey» with her eyes. Kitten starts to groom herself and others. By the sixth and seventh weeks, kitten begins to develop adult sleeping patterns, motor skills, and social interaction abilities. Most learning is by observation, preferably of their mother. Social play includes belly-ups, hugging, ambushing, and licking. Object play includes scooping, tossing, pawing, mouthing, and holding. Kitten is most influenced by her «litter,» which may now include playmates of other species.
Kitten increases exploration of dominance, including challenging humans. If not spayed or neutered, kitten experiences beginnings of sexual behavior. House soiling is the most common behavior problem reported by cat owners. Why do cats eliminate outside of the litter box? One common misconception is that cats soil in inappropriate places for revenge. It is tempting to conclude, «He defecated on the living room carpet to punish me for leaving him for the weekend. But this kind of calculation requires sophisticated cognitive abilities that cats aren’t believed to possess.
Furthermore, this conclusion assumes that cats view their urine and feces as distasteful, when in fact they do not. It is only we humans who view it that way. So why do cats urinate or defecate on your bed or carpet? Medical problems are one possibility. Inflammation of the urinary tract may cause painful or frequent urination, inability to urinate, bloody urine, and crying during urination. An affected cat is likely to eliminate outside the litter box if he comes to associate the box with painful urination, or if he has an increased urgency to urinate. In addition, kidney, liver, and thyroid diseases often lead to increased drinking and urination.
Inflammation of the colon or rectum, intestinal tract tumors, intestinal parasites, and other gastrointestinal conditions may cause painful defecation, increased frequency or urgency to defecate, and decreased control of defecation. In short, any medical condition that interferes with a cat’s normal elimination behavior can lead to house soiling. An aversion implies that there is something about the litter box that your cat finds unsavory. It could be the box, the litter, the location of the box, or all three. Something about the litter box bothers your cat. The box contains harsh odors. In either case, covered litter boxes hold in and amplify such odors. The sides of the box are too high. Cats with painful legs, sore joints, or other mobility problems may have trouble getting into a box with high sides. Cats usually prefer clean litter. The texture of the litter is distasteful. Your cat may have a preference for finer-textured clumping litter over coarser non-clumping litter—or vice versa.