Cats seem perfect at living with people, as if the learning curve for living together doesn’t apply to them. While it’s true that cats are quite adept at learning the routine of a new household, they do benefit from learning some basics from their owners.
Fortunately, kitten training is pretty easy. When they know what to do (and, perhaps more importantly, Where To do this!) Cats can enjoy life-long health and happiness at home.
The importance of the right gear
An essential part of kitten training is providing them with the right material. It can be unrealistic to expect a kitten not to scratch your furniture if it doesn’t have its own scratching post. Likewise, the following elements must make up a large part of your kitten’s daily life:
- Litter box, litter box and shovel
- Age-appropriate cat food and treats
- Water and food bowls
- Bed linen
- Cat tree or other climbing structure
- Care accessories
- Toothbrush and cat formulated toothpaste
- Collar and ID tag
Once they know what belongs to them, they will likely start marking objects with the scent glands that are on and near their mouths. Encourage them to use and accept all equipment over time. Reward them with praise, scratches, cuddles, and maybe a healthy treat or two.
Crate training cats
Cats don’t get as much veterinary care as other pets. This can often be explained by the fact that cat owners are giving up the fight to get their cats in the travel crates.
Ideally, crate training for kittens should be introduced as soon as they come home. Learning that their box is happy, comfortable, and safe helps them accept it as a relaxing place to relax.
This process makes it easier for your cat to be included in the annual wellness check-up and reduces stress in an emergency.
Litter box action
Kitten training must include an introduction to the litter box and patience when things go wrong. While many kittens are potty trained before adoption, some little ones need help and positive reinforcement.
Make sure the litter box is small enough for them to access and update them as they grow. Take them to their litter box right after you eat and respond enthusiastically when they use it appropriately.
Other elements of kitten training
If your kitten ever tries to scratch your furniture, carpets, or curtains, pass them on lovingly to their scratching post. You may need to put double-sided tape or other cleaning supplies on until they get the notice.
Likewise, kitten training can include keeping your cat away from plants, decor, and the pantry. These efforts are obviously intended to ensure your cat’s safety and potentially result in the removal of items entirely if they cannot keep away from them.
Intelligent and agile
Keeping your kitten busy and entertaining can reduce problematic behaviors. Aim for at least 30 minutes of uninterrupted play time each day and add time when they show signs of needing to get the zoomies out. Many kittens can also be trained to perform tricks or take agility classes.
If you need any help getting to know your kitten or teaching him the basics of kitten training please let us know. As your partner in complete kitten and cat grooming, we can’t wait to help you build a strong foundation for cat health and happiness.