You Can Train A Kitten To Behave Properly
7 May, 2012

When you bring a kitten into your home, they will invariably be excitable and playful.  They are young, active and want to play with everything in your home. Kittens are constantly exploring and can sometimes cause a mess that you need to clean up or damage your furniture and clothes.  But, they will outgrow their overly active nature.

It is important to train your kitten at an early age so they can grow up to be well-behaved cats.  Below are some tips that can help you have a fun, well trained cat.

Play with your kitten

It is important to play with your kitten.   You should try to provide your kitten with activities that stimulate them such as chasing a moving piece of paper or toy tied to the end of a stick or climbing through a cardboard maze. Cats like to chase mice, but a moving toy is equally good.

Schedule playtime before you go to sleep

Schedule your playtime before you go to sleep at night so your kitten expends its energy. Cats are nocturnal animals, so they are likely to be more active during nighttime or early in the morning. If you don’t have time to play with your kitten before going to bed, exhaust your kitten during the day, so that its active phase will change to daytime and it will sleep during nighttime.

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Buy a scratching post or scratch pad

Buy a scratching post or scratch pads and encourage your kitten to use them.   The scratching not only uses up their energy, but also gives them an alternate object to scratch besides your bedroom furniture!  Reward your kitten with treats or verbal approval when you see it using the scratch post.  Walk over and pet them to let them know that this is the desired behavior.

When your kitten misbehaves, use negative approval

If your kitten is scratching your chair or pushing food out of the cabinet, try a sharp “no”.  You can also use a whistle or spray your kitten with a cold water bottle to show your disapproval when your kitten is acting up.  Other ideas are clapping your hands or using a sharp noise to distract your kitten.  Your kitten can then learn by experience that misbehaving leads to a negative experience.

Don’t over-feed your kitten

If you over-feed your kitten, they will, in turn, become extra active.  Consult with your veterinarian to find the proper diet for your kitten.   You want them to eat enough to keep them healthy, but not too much to have them gain too much weight and/or become hyper.

If you follow all of the above, you should find yourself with a happy, well-trained kitten.

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