Hi welcome back to Kitten School! This is the third video demonstrating how to socialize a feral or a very scared cat or kitten. Our little student here, five month old Dormouse, has been here at it in school for less than a week but has already shown tremendous progress. Now that Dormouse is so much more confident just being around us we’ll begin to train in a safe area a closed room where we can put him down on the floor and let them start to have a little freedom.When you’re working with a kitten it’s often helpful to have another cat – as long as it’s a friendly cat – in the room with you because kittens tend to feel more comfortable among other cats or kittens. Now here’s Cindy putting Dormouse on the floor but still holding him and just reassuring him. He’s wanting to bolt away but she’s very gently holding him back she won’t actually let him go until he relaxes, and the reason we’re holding him back is because we’re trying to overcome that initial feeling to bolt that scared kitties have and just build his confidence being on the ground. Once Dormouse relaxes Cindy will let him go so he can explore and play with little Luna here and just have some fun. Dormouse went to the corner and was hiding behind this planter for a while but he is curious about what’s going on, so he’s starting to come out.You’ll notice his ears are forward ..he’s watching the toy and he’s watching Luna, so he’s very engaged and while he’s cautious, he’s not particularly scared, so now we’re just going to take a few minutes and play with the toy. After a little playtime it is time to approach Dormouse. Now keep in mind this is the first time that he has been approached by one of us when he’s not been in his crate or his condo, so Cindy just very gently pets him reassures him, but his ears are up he’s being very receptive. She’s going to gently pick him up and now we’ll apply one of the most important capturing tactics of all: a little love and cuddling.Now it’s time to start working on what I call the “hold and release practice”… this is where we’re going to approach the kitty pet him and then step away and then approach again. Pet, reassure, and step away. Cats are incredibly reactive creatures so when a cat is scared the first instinct is to run when approached. By repeating the hold and release tactic over and over again using positive reinforcement each time, we’re trying to lessen that instinct for the kitty to bolt away from people. Now we’ll introduce some toys and see if Dormouse wants to play. At first he’s a little apprehensive but he’s very interested in the crinkle ball and he begins to play a little bit. There he goes, that’s very good! He’s engaging with my hand, we want him to see hands as something to have fun with and something that comforts him not something that’s going to hurt him.And when we’re not resting in our kitty condo we’re spending some time in the social box around the other cats, and having lots and lots of cuddle time. Thanks for watching and look out for part four of Socializing a Scared Kitty coming soon! Click here to watch the first two videos with Dormouse! .