Like children, kittens need to be taught to behave in your home It’s up to you to establish the guidelines. After you’ve set the rules you’ll have to give your kitten the ability to comply with these rules. For instance, if you would like your kitten to rest in its private bedroom, you’ll need to buy, or create an appropriate sleeping space to accommodate it.
You’ll have to teach your pet to adhere to the rules. Like any pet, training involves the use of rewards for good behavior and punishments for unacceptable behavior. The key to success is patience when training kittens.
Why Do Kittens Misbehave?
Kittens are akin to babies. They’re constantly studying the environment around them, and what behavior is acceptable and unacceptable through negative and positive reinforcement. If your kitten isn’t behaving isn’t seeking to appear “bad.” It’s simply learning to behave.
The majority of kittens are content to have a litter box and scratching posts. Sometimes, kittens are unable or unable to use either. Sometimes, they begin using the litter box and scratching at the posts properly, only to stop.
A large portion of cat or kitten discipline involves identifying the root of the problem that caused the unwanted behavior and then correcting circumstances that led to it.
Scratching and Clawing
Kittens and cats must maintain their claws, and they have to scratch to keep their claws in good condition. The trick is to divert the claws away from furniture and other items to surfaces that are more suitable that will improve their claws. The trick is teaching the kitten to stay away from damaging scratching.
Litter Box Training
A majority of kittens can easily adjust to the use of a litter box in particular if raised by a cat’s mother. If not, it’s typically simple to teach a kitten to use the litter box. Be sure the box is accessible and filled with high-quality litter and cleaned at least one time per day. After eating you can place your kitten into the litter box. It may be necessary to show it by moving your paw to make some scratches around your litter box, however, the kitten will soon grasp the concept. Most likely, in the right conditions, your kitten won’t make any mistakes and will be able to use the litter box consistently. If your kitten isn’t accustomed to the litter box, inadequate cleaning of the litter box could be the reason.
Kittens are attracted to heights and a lot of them are master jumpers. They can leap up in a matter of seconds and with minimal effort. The problem is when they often leap onto tables or on a countertop which you would prefer to avoid.
Cats, especially kittens, may be overactive at night. Many cats will be active and awake late at night, but the main thing is to teach them to stop and then return to sleep.
Attention Seeking Disobedience
Certain kittens are particularly frenzied. While kittens are expected to be playful and curious, however, some breeds can turn their behavior become a problem. They might be looking for attention from their parents or are bored or under-stimulated (or either).
How to Stop Bad Behavior
There are many humane, efficient ways to express your displeasure about cats. It is always advisable to consult with your vet sure there’s no medical issue that’s causing the unfavorable behavior. A simple solution is keeping a spray bottle with water in your bag. This will help you when you notice an undesirable behavior. Squeeze your cat to stop the behavior.
Manage Your Kitten’s Claws
Although it is harmful to your cat’s health if it is declawed it’s beneficial to trim the claws of your needle now and then time. Not just will this cause less destructive scratching to be an issue, but it’ll reduce the likelihood of being injured by an active feline friend. Another option is nails made of plastic. They’re easy to put on and don’t hinder the normal extension and retracting of claws of your cat.
Keep the Litter Box Clean
Since it is one of the main reasons for abandoning cats to shelters,5 it’s crucial to ensure your cat has a hygienic litter box. Another alternative could be spraying your cat’s litter box with a pleasing scent, like Cat Attract, which is available at pet shops. You can provide multiple litter boxes for the cat. It is also possible to test a variety of kinds and brands of litter. Some cats are not a fan of litter boxes, while some prefer privacy. Check for medical issues that are underlying for example, such as urinary tract infections or a urinary tract infection, which may cause your cat to avoid the toilet. Your vet is likely to be able to identify the possibility of this, and other diseases, through a simple urinalysis.
Avoid Play Fighting
While playing with your kitten may be enjoyable, it could become a problem. Kittens develop the ability to deter the intensity of scratching and biting at their litter-mates as well as their mother.6 If they scratch or bite too hard, they’ll be punished with grunt or hiss followed by an equally harsh attack or swat. If your kitten has been separated from its family at a young age the kitten may not be able to master the correct behavior in playfighting.
Try wearing gloves, playing with playthings instead, or even stepping back when your kitten becomes too rough. This will aid your cat to be taught to stop scratching or biting, even when playing. Take away plants that are tempting or place them in a place that isn’t accessible for your cat.