Playtime is definitely high on the agenda for kittens Apple and Apricot as they turn five weeks old.
Apple comes running as soon as she hears her shiny ball rattling, sometimes speeding straight into her mum, sister or other objects in the pen as she makes her pursuit. Apricot is also getting more curious about her toys, but prefers to play it cool and casually wander over for a sniff and half-hearted swipe of her paw when she feels like it.
|Apple is a bundle of fur end energy|
Play is important for kittens as it allows them to exhibit their natural hunting behaviour and develop their eye-paw coordination. It also helps them to burn off lots of energy, keep their brains active and it causes the release of feel-good hormones called endorphins.
|Little Apricot is getting more playful|
Sometimes, Apple and Apricot mistake fingers and toes for fun toys to play with, but it’s important to discourage this by keeping your digits as still as possible and distracting them with more appropriate toys. Having a kitten nibbling on your fingers may seem harmless now, but if they learn that this behaviour is acceptable, they will continue to do it when they’re fully-grown adult cats – and that would be much more painful!
|Apple has found the perfect box to hide in|
|Annie enjoys a break from her energetic kittens|
Come back next week to find out Apple and Apricot are getting on when they turn six weeks old!
For more information about caring for kittens, visit the Cats Protection website.