How to Train a Kitten
How to Train a Kitten . They are adorable and endearing, yet in the time it takes you to yell “bad cat!” they may completely destroy your most cherished furniture.
I am, of course, referring to the cat, which is the most popular pet in the United States. (I am aware that many of you believe that the dog is the most popular pet in the United States. But those of us who are fans of cats already know that.) If they are not properly taught, however, these wonderful creatures are capable of leaving messes outside of their litter boxes and tearing up furniture. This is something that is common knowledge among those who own cats, particularly indoor cats. When the cat is still young, training it is much easier to accomplish successfully.
Because there is no such thing as a “kittygarten,” it is up to you to ensure that your new cat learns how to behave appropriately around the house. And fast. Do not allow the kitten to form poor routines, since they will come back to bother you in the future. For instance, it may be charming when Kitty manages to climb up to your dining room table during dinnertime; however, it is not so cute when your cat continues to disturb your meals three years later. The present now is the ideal time to put an end to an undesirable pattern of conduct.
The following are some pointers that might assist you in housebreaking your new kitten:
1. It is important for kittens to play. If this is not accomplished by providing toys for Kitty to play with, Kitty may grow agitated and may cause harm to either you or your property. Make sure that Kitty has a lot of his or her own toys that it may play with by biting, kicking, and chasing after them. Take note that I referred to “his or her own toys.” Toys do not consist of any parts of your body. Never give the kitty permission to play biting games with your arms or feet. Again, it’s adorable while they’re kittens, but when your 3-year-old cat bites your naked feet because you trained it to believe your feet are toys, it’s no longer adorable. Again, kittens are adorable, but adult cats are not. It hurts quite much.
2. Because kittens do not yet have their bowel and bladder habits taught, the easiest way to begin is by teaching it how to use a litter box. It is important that the litter box be large enough for the cat to enter and have enough room to walk about in. If you got your little one from the Humane Society or another rescue organisation, there’s a good possibility that she’s used a litter box before. However, if your new kitten has never been exposed to a litter box before, you will be the one responsible for making the initial introductions.
In most cases, cats relieve themselves after eating or after sleeping. Therefore, once Kitty has completed her breakfast, you should play with her for around ten to fifteen minutes somewhere close to the litter box. Walk her to the container. You should move the litter around with your hand in order to invite Kitty to walk into it. This will pique her interest in the texture of the litter. Once Kitty is inside, encourage her by speaking to her in a soft voice and giving her positive feedback. Create for Kitty the impression that the box is a pleasant and cosy place to be. Be constant with that tone regardless of whether or not she soils in the box. Sooner or later, she’ll come around to the idea of using the litter box for her business. In closing, remember to always be patient and consistent. It’s possible that the training won’t pay off immediately, but in the long run, it will be worthwhile.
3. In comparison to the claws of adult cats, the claws of kittens are not yet as sharp, so Kitty is not a significant threat to the furniture at this point in time. However, kittens mature rather quickly, and it is preferable to educate them that a scratching post, and not your favourite chair, is where they should sharpen their claws rather than on your furniture. To pique Kitty’s interest in the scratching post, you can try sprinkling a little bit of catnip on it. Be sure to congratulate Kitty or give her a reward whenever you observe her using the scratching post to hone her claws.
Teaching the kitten how to behave properly while it is inside the house may be aided by giving it food as a reward and praising it when it completes a task successfully. It is probably self-evident to the majority of us, but it is important to reiterate: you should never yell at or abuse your kitty.
Spending time with kittens on a regular basis can help you raise a friendly and well-mannered adult cat. Kittens are naturally friendly creatures, and this trait will be retained in the adult cat.