Kittens are adorable little creatures. Their mesmerizing eyes and muffled meows never fail to attract everyone’s attention. As a kitten parent, I hope you always try to care for them, from feeding to their litter cleaning. While caring for your little furry baby, did you observe any unusual behavior of her disobedience or if she misbehaved? And when you try to punish her, you always wonder that, like dogs, being trained is not in her nature.
Well, there is a misconception that kittens are untrainable. However, if you don’t want to punish your cat for her wrongdoings, you need to understand that this assumption is wrong; you only need to understand your kitten’s behavior.
Cats are intelligent beings, so they can be trained easily! It is just like teaching a little human baby when they are young; they grow up well-behaved and well-adjusted when appropriately taught.
If you are worried about the disobedience of your kitten, then don’t worry! In this article, we have highlighted some tips that might help you train your cute little furball.
Don’t wait for your kitten to grow up for taking training classes from you; in fact, start training her today as soon as possible so that when she grows up, she will have learned to respect your home boundaries. We know how irritating it is when you catch your cat scratching your new sofa, digging in the trash, or constantly jumping up on your counter. You might feel awful in front of your guests; therefore, for all these reasons, your cat needs your attention!
Training her will keep her mind active and fresh, she will understand how to respect her boundaries, it will also strengthen her bond with you. While training her, always keep plenty of toys with you so that when she starts doing anything she is supposed not to do, you can indirectly distract her mind with the toys. You can provide her toys and treats as a reward when she avoids adopting destructive behaviors. Helping her play with catnips or any other toys will keep your little feline mentally physically occupied.
Train Her to Sit
Reward your cat whenever she sits naturally. Soon you will realize that when you bring the treats out, she will cue you for sitting naturally. Also, while pointing her to sit, use the world’s sit; gently it will predict her behavior. You can also use a targeted wand or pointing signals to lure her into position. Don’t forget to click and reward her with this pose. Use the treats occasionally in each correct response.
Develop Socializing Skills
The best age to develop social skills in a kitten is between 2-7 weeks of her age. If you keep your cat indoors and don’t let them socialize with other people, her friends, and other animals, then she will get nervous about the little things when she grows up. She will have difficulty breeding with another cat and interacting with people, and it will also be difficult for her to live even in the slightest change in the environment.
Therefore, invite your friends to your home and let them meet your friends. Take your cat to the pet store and farmer’s market. Let her experience these all bundles of joys, and you will see that your kitten will grow up a well sociable kitten.
Litter Box Training
If your cat is raised with her mother, you might have difficulty training her with a litter box. Otherwise, training the cat to use the litter box is not too difficult. While litter box training, make sure that her litter box is cleaned and filled with good-quality litter. After your kitten’s meal, place her in the box. You will notice her few paws in the litter by doing this, and your kitty will get the idea quickly. Your kitten will gradually learn to use the litter box with the proper litter training. If you see that your cat is not using it, then the poor litter box maintenance could be the reason.
Chewing and Biting
Like human babies, kittens also try to experience something with their mouths first, and they keep everything in their mouths to examine whatever they come across. Therefore, keep all the harmful household items such as electrical cord toxic chemical cleansers away from your cat to protect her.
If you spot your cat keeping any harmful thing in her mouth despite punishing her, make a loud voice or loudly say ‘hey’ to stop her indirectly. It will make her understand her bad behavior. In addition, kittens love to play fight; if other kitties are not accommodated, they will end up for human beings’ nearest ankle or hand. They also try to chew and bite the reached houseplants.
There are many techniques for expressing displeasure with a kitten. Some of them are:
Give Your Kitten Scratching Posts
One of the best ways to stop your cat from scratching furniture is to provide her scratching surface, such as scratching posts. Scratching posts provide cat choices of scratching surfaces. You can also add catnip to the scratch post, as it will attract your kitten and make her avoid your precious furniture. Scratching is also healthy for cats, therefore offer your feline companion healthy scratching options.
Keep Her Claws Managed
Declawing your cat is harmful to her health, so trimming her those needle-sharp claws will be a good idea. It will help you stop her from destructive scratching and lessen the chance that your feline playmate will scratch you.
Always Keep Litter Box Clean
Always keep your kitten’s box clean. It is essential to provide a clean litter box for cats, as avoiding the avoidance is one of the leading causes of cats being dumped in shelters. Another option is to spray the kitten box with some attractive scents, such as Cat Attract, available at pet stores.
Now that you know how to train your kittens, you can teach them specific tasks. Let the fun begin!