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Help With Kittens That Do Not Like to Be Picked Up

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Making kittens feel safe and comfortable when they don't like to be picked up may take time and gentleness on your part. Try holding them when their are tired. This is a guide about help with kittens that do not like to be picked up.


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June 18, 2017

I have two seal point Siamese boys. I picked them up from a breeder at 8 weeks old. I tried picking them up right from the start, but was received with hissing and cowering. Now at 12 weeks old I can only pet them while they're eating or while I'm playing with them with one of their toys. They have yet to see a veterinarian because of the negative reinforcement I'm sure they'll experience. What can I do get them to trust me?


June 18, 20170 found this helpful
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Pick them up when they are tired and sleepy. Reward them with food or a toy.

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June 20, 20170 found this helpful

When this happens it usually means they were not held or loved by humans during that first 8 week period and generally this is a crucial time to set their personality.


You may have a long period of adjustment ahead so just be patient and follow Judy's suggestion about holding them when they are tired.
I have links to a couple of good sites that explain how this could happen and how or even if you will be able to change them.

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