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Kittens Do Not Like to Be Picked Up

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?

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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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