Training a Kitten: First Steps
From the very first moments of living in your house, the kitten must clearly understand what’s it allowed to do and what’s absolutely forbidden. Firstly, let the kitten settle into the house and then teach it how to treat furniture, carpets, and wallpapers.
Try your best to immediately show the animal that scratching sofas and armchairs are not allowed. The same is true for clawing wallpapers. It’s especially relevant for British Shorthairs which often claw wallpapers around the litter box. This is why you should start training British cats and show them that such behavior is frowned upon.
On top of that, intently watch how the kitten treats the houseplants. Teach the kitten that it’s forbidden to damage or break them, especially given that some plants may be toxic for cats.
How Should I Train the Kitten?
No matter what mess the kitten is causing, always remain soft and gentle while training it. If the kitten intends to do something bad, you should never shout at it and especially beat it. This will do nothing except scare the animal. The most efficient way to train the kitten is to clap your hands and say “No!” or “Off!” when it’s doing something forbidden. This should be enough.
It is particularly relevant for Siamese kittens. This breed is very sensitive and quick to take offense. This means that your shouts will not only scare the cat but also set it against you, and it will be almost impossible to regain the cat’s trust after that.
In addition, you should never spray your kitten with water as some specialists recommend. This method rarely works, and the cat will hate water and bathing as the result.
Introducing the Kitten to the “Neighbors”
An important step in training the kitten is introducing it to other animals, should you have them.
Familiarize the kitten with rats, guinea pigs, dogs and other cats slowly. At first, never leave your pets alone with a newly-arrived one. The older pets can become “jealous,” which will cause them a great deal of stress. On top of that, they may react aggressively, and you don’t want your kitten to get hurt.
Special care should be paid to Persian cats. This breed is notoriously capricious and quick to become offended, so it’s impossible to predict the cat’s behavior when meeting another animal. The Persian cat may feel that your love and attention don’t belong to him completely. In this case, it will start bullying smaller pets.
Watch Your Tone!
To wrap it up, let’s take a look at the last rule. Watch your tone while training the kitten. Cats always feel the tone of your voice and know whether you’re scolding or praising them. So, if you caught your cat red-handed (or rather red-pawed), there’s no need to rub its nose into what he’s done. Just talk to it strictly, and the kitten will realize that he has done something bad. This is particularly important when it comes to training the Thai cat. This breed is very gentle and sensitive, so the kitten will instantly feel your disapproval with its behavior. This is the most efficient method to train such kittens.
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