How to Tame a Scared feral cat – Dormouse the Kitten, part 1 of 7
Hi welcome to Kitten School! Today we’regoing to talk about ways to tame a feralkitten who is scared and acting outaggressively. So here we have Dormouse. . . this is me taking him out of the carrierafter I picked him up from the shelter. And watch here. . . uh oh, I was not takingprecautions as I should have whenworking with this scared kitty cat andhe bit me! And what do I mean byprecautions? I mean a good pair of toughleather gloves. Here’s Cindy approachingDormouse wearing one of the gloves. Hedid bite the glove a few times but heseemed to stop the biting once herealized that the hand wasn’t going awayno matter how much he bit. So we’re stillworking with Dormouse, and the videoprogresses pretty quickly, but rememberthis was a pretty long process fromactually picking him up with the onehand and petting with the other. You wantto go slow wait for the kitty to relaxbefore moving on with more holding ortaking out of the crate. . and just a quickaside that white cage that Cindy ispulling the kitten out of I call thatthe “Social Box”. That is NOT where thekitten stays all the time, it’s atechnique I use to help socialize catsand kittens, and I did a video on theSocial Box so I will put a link to thatvideo at the end of this one. if you aretrying to socialize a cat or kitten Ireally recommend checking that video out. After a few minutes it’s very apparentthat Dormouse has relaxed quite a bit. . . he’s looking around his ears aren’t flatback against his head, which wouldindicate that he is severely scared. Cindy just continues to pet him and holdhim so after a few minutes Dormouse was put back into thesocial box for a rest. . . but a few minuteslater I’m going to come along and pethim, and speak to him very softly. . . maybegive him a little treat if he’sreceptive. So you can see he’s still alittle unsure – right there he tried tobite me . . but it was a little half-heartedthis time. I’m still watching out forhim to bite there he goes!but I come right back and I alwaysrespond to aggression with affection when it’s when it’s safe to do so. And thenwatch here I’m scratching his headand his little nose and despite himself. . . . I think he’s enjoying it!So even in one day you can see how muchDormouse has really come around. He was a spitting, biting, just nervouswreck at the shelter . . . and just someintensive, gentle, and repetitivesocialization has made a huge differencein his comfort level around people. Thisis not the end of training for Dormouse. . . we’re going to be working with himextensively over the next month or maybeeven longer to make him the best, lovingest kitty that we can so that hecan be adopted into a forever home! Sothanks for watching and look out forpart 2 coming soon! Please SUBSCRIBE!