Now, you might think the whole idea of “training” a cat is a joke!
Cats are very independent of course, but training is still not just possible, it’s essential.
A well-behaved cat is lovely to have around your house as part of your family. A difficult one is such a nuisance!
“Socialising” your new kitten
To ensure good behaviour throughout its life, your kitten’s training should start as early as possible. Socialised just means getting used to day to day life.
The first seven weeks of every cat’s life is a very special time, in which they can absorb many new experiences without fear. So the more they can be exposed to at an early age, the less likely they are to become scared and stressed later on in life!
So, allow your young kitten to interact with adults, children, cats and other pets – and let them experience a wide range of household noises, appliances, the countryside, the town, and so on.
For example; a kitten may initially be frightened of the sound of a hair dryer. Just carefully introduce this sound – and repeat it regularly – as he or she gets used to it, your kitten will become less afraid.
This is another of the reasons it’s so important to vaccinate your kitten as early as possible. It allows you to let them get used to the company of other animals, and the outdoors generally, while they are young, without worrying about those serious and avoidable diseases.
The last thing you want is a cat which is either aggressive or very timid, due to fear. So the earlier you start getting your kitten used to life, the better.
You will be doing the cat he or she will grow into, such a favour.
Handling and grooming your kitten
This is exactly the same – the very best thing for your kitten is to get him or her used to being handled and groomed early on.
It’s especially important to start regular grooming as early as possible, particularly with long haired cats. If you do, most of them really enjoy it.
Start handling your kitten as much as possible – e.g. opening his mouth and touching her feet. She or he will then regard this as completely normal, making your life a lot easier and safer!
Cats are generally very clean animals and kittens quickly learn to use a litter tray.
If you get an adult, they will usually have already been litter trained. All you need to do is ensure that the tray is kept clean and is in a quiet area in the house.
Your cat doesn’t want their toilet to be next to a busy walkway in the house or near their food, any more than you do.
Kittens often don’t play with the nice expensive toys that you buy for them – and are more likely to enjoy batting ping-pong balls around the room and hiding in cardboard boxes.
Don‘t be tempted to use your hands or feet for kittens to pounce on, as this can lead to difficult behavioural problems later on in their life.
Please do talk to us if you have any concerns about your cat’s behaviour or would like some help and ideas with training – just Call us to book an appointment or a healthcare review.
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