Raising a kitten can take time. If you get multiple kitties they can play with you and each other, strengthening their social skills and adding to their desire to be social and friendly to people and other cats.
You will need to organize your schedule to give quality time to your kitten. A happy environment makes it easier for those raising kittens to teach them to be social and friendly. If you raise your kitten well then you and your family will appreciate the care and training you provided.
If you have been hesitant about getting a kitten, you may be surprised. Here are a few kitten behavior FAQs.
How to solving behavior problems and training issues?
Many new kitten owners may feel overwhelmed when they begin taking care of a new kitten. It’s true that there are many things you’ll need to do to care for your kitten, but most things your kitten will learn on its own. Odds are you will likely run across problems you may not know how to solve. There are many resources online and books you can buy to help you.
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Do cats steal baby breath?
One of the tales passed on through the years has been the myth that a cat will steal your baby’s breath away. Many feline experts feel when a cat gets into an infants face, it is simply satisfying its natural instinct; for wanting to know what’s new in its life. There is no intent to harm.
Is it normal for cats to skip meals?
Cats tend to be fickle about their food preferences more so than other animals. Sometimes, a pet cat will even turn down food that it has been eating for more than a year. This is normal feline behavior; eventually the cat will come around and eat whatever food is served because hunger will get the best of him or her. Being fickle about food is normal for cats; what’s not normal is a cat that skips every meal within a twenty-four hour period.
Can cats be trained?
Cats can be trained, just as well or better than most dogs. True, cats may not be trained to be police dogs or rescue animals, but they can be trained to do the following:
• Walk on a leash
• Walk on balance beam
• Play dead
• Roll over
• And many other tricks
Are cats loyal and affectionate?
A great many cats, regardless of breed, are extremely loyal to their master and the master’s family. They can sense the mood changes you, as a human may have. They are very sensitive to anger and high stressful situations. It is not unusual for them to try and comfort you when you are sad or lonely.
Another misconception is that cats are not affectionate, but these wonderful balls of fur love to be loved and love to return love. When you return home in the evening, they may not jump all over you, but they will be rubbing and purring to get your attention.
Do cats communicate?
Did you know that cat’s can talk to you? They can communicate with vocal sounds. They also use body language for different situations. Many cat experts believe that every sound a feline can make has a meaning. Such as:
1. Meowing – Attention needed
2. Caterwauling – Warning
3. Purring – Contentment
As you observe and listen to the cat you will pick up on their “talking”
Do cats like change?
Cats are creatures of habit and when sudden changes come into their life, it takes them time to acclimate to the change.
Cats have a tendency to be more independent. Often felines get upset because something new has occurred. You will quickly learn this by observing the way your cat reacts if you move or change the food and water dish.
In most cases if you move the dish back to its original position, your kitty will quickly get over it.
You will find if you have an open mind a cat can be a welcome addition to families that love pets.
Calling Your Kitten
If you raise a cat from infancy, they will sense the voice and even the presence of you. Kittens can be trained to respond when you call them.
Reinforcement training should start at an early age. Kittens cannot distinguish words, but they are known to distinguish voices. They can even tell what they did is right or wrong from your voice.
You need to train them to recognize your various tones of voice so that they know when you are calling them, rewarding them, or reprimanding them.
Reinforcement can either be positive or negative. Petting, hugging, or kitten treats can be used for positive reinforcement. Water can be used for negative reinforcement.
Call your kitten using his/her name. Look into their eyes and use a soft tone of voice. You can also snap your fingers or make clicking sounds with your tongue.
Talk to the kittens and teach them the social skills they need to know, such as no biting and scratching.
Training a Kitten To Use A Litter Box
It can be frustrating teaching your kitten how to use the litter box. In order to teach your kitten how to use the litter box you you need to put them inside the litter box right when you notice they need to go.
This may take some extra effort because kittens are not really like going to the bathroom in an area they have not chosen. You need to really familiarize your kitten with the sight and the smell of the litter box.
Keeping the Litter Box Clean
Clean litter boxes encourage the young cats to use the facilities. If the litter box is dirty and has a foul order kittens will refuse to use it. Young cats want to stay clean so you might have to clean the litter box after every use.
Do Not Share the Litter Box with Other Animals
If you have other pets using the same litter box this may also deter your kitten from using it. Animals have a way of leaving their scent behind an area and felines can be very territorial so you should have a separate litter box for each pet..
Make Sure Your Kitten Doesn’t Have Health Conditions
If your kitten still refuses to use the litter box it might have a health condition. If your kitten has kidney, bladder, or urinary tract issues it won’t use a litter box. A veterinarian will need to check your kitten to see if it has any medical condition. If there was such an illness, and they have recovered from it, you may need to re-train to use the kitty litter box.
Be patient and eventually your kitten will learn to use a litter box.
Stop Kittens from Scratching
Kittens scratch for many reasons…
- To sharpen their claws.
- Show their superiority over weaker cats.
- Exercise the extension and retraction of their claws.
- Marking their territory.
- Getting rid of anger or frustration.
The best way to accommodate this habit is with a scratching post. If you don’t get one then your kitten will likely use your furniture as the scratching pad. The tower is one of the most recommended toys because it teaches your kitten how to climb.
This is also the best way to keep your pet away from the curtains or the venetian blinds as your cat can damage these things if they ever attempt to climb them. Another benefit of the tower is that they will scratch the tower instead of your couch or other furniture.
Put the scratching post in a place that is easily accessible to the cat particularly when it is finished eating or grooming itself and is likely to feel like having a scratch.
Anytime your kitten looks like it’s going to scratch your furniture, pick it up and put it near the scratching post. Your kitten will eventually learn to use the post.
You can also trying replacing the the piece of furniture with the post if your kitten seems to go to the same particular area every time. This will also teach it to use the post.
Your kitten many want to scratch as a form of devotion, or to leave its scent. You can rub your hands or clothing over the scratching post to leave your scent and often your kitten will scratch over it to leave its scent over yours.
If you teach your cat where to scratch when it’s young it will be easier as it grows older.
Teaching Your Kitten to Play
Kittens are playful creatures, and like any playful creature, it adds to their fun if they have toys to play with.
You’ll be surprised to find that there is a wide range of toys for pet kittens available. But be wary, as pet cats are just like children; they may like the toys and play with them or, they do not like them at all.
Some of the toys available in the market include towers, stuffed mice, catnip, and even stuffed animals. You’ll see that kittens at an early age are very capable of picking up small things from the floor.
Animals love their freedom. They like to climbing trees, hide in shrubs, and run and jump inside the house. If you let them outside, keep an eye on them
- Be aware of dogs or other animals that can be a threat to your kitten
- Keep your kitten away from traffic
- Protect your kitten from ticks and fleas
- Try to keep them from eating everything in site especially anything that may give them heartworms
- Don’t let you kitten get to hot or cold
- Keep you kitten away from lawn chemicals
- Keep your kitten away from the pool