The transformation in Apple and Apricot since they began the socialisation programme four weeks ago is truly heart-warming to see.
Not only have they grown bigger and fluffier, they’ve also become much more confident with all the new experiences they’re being introduced to.
|Apricot caught red-pawed pouncing on her sister's tail|
Apricot also likes to play with the straw, but Apple isn’t so good at sharing. That’s when it helps to have two socialisers working together, so one can distract Apple while her sister gets some playtime.
|Apricot giving her unimpressed face when her sister is hogging the straw|
Not all cats will respond in the same way to socialisation, as genetics and the circumstances of their birth play a role in shaping their personalities too, but without handling early on they would become much more fearful of humans.
Another benefit of kitten socialisation is that it helps them to form a stronger bond with their new owners. In fact, studies have shown that properly socialised cats provide more emotional support for their owners, helping them to become true members of the family.
|Apple having a rare moment of calm between play sessions|
It really is a win-win-win situation for everyone as the kittens are more relaxed, the new owners get friendly pets, and the kitten socialisers get to see the real difference they’re making to cats’ lives.
It certainly is a lovely feeling when Apple and Apricot jump onto your lap, showing that they trust you enough to let you stroke them.
|Annie is grateful for a break while the socialisers kitten-sit|
Come back next week when Apple, Apricot and Annie will be neutered, microchipped and vaccinated ready for their forever homes!
For more information about caring for kittens, visit the Cats Protection website.