Today a 12-14 week old feral kitten was brought to our shelter. He was terrified, shaking and puffed up. He’s never interacted with humans before and was afraid and hesitant.
It can be very hard to socialize kittens that are this age because they’ve already spent 3 months in the wild learning not to trust anyone. So, as volunteers it falls upon us to get these guys used to being touched, picked up, pet, etc.
I started slow. I let him smell my finger and then I gently stroked between his eyes and ears. I blinked slowly, but frequently so that he would know I was not a predator. When he blinked back, I scratched behind his ears and under his chin.
After a half hour I took him out of his carrier and held him to my chest so he could hear my heartbeat. I continued to rub his head and after ten minutes he relaxed. His whole body sighed and he closed his eyes for a minute.
I tucked him into my shirt and kept him warm. Within another ten minutes he was fast asleep. I spent three hours with him today and he transformed. He’s not 100% trusting of other humans yet, but whenever I moved him he instantly crawled up and tucked himself under my neck, nestled in and fell asleep.
He even let me touch his ears, his paws, under his armpit and his belly. He didn’t hiss or wince or shy away.
Patience is an incredible thing. Sometimes I forget that you need to take a breath, go slow and relax. I am so excited for this kitten. He has a lot more to do until he’ll be ready to be adopted, but if today is any indication, he’s going to make a wonderful addition to someone’s family.
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