Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Top Tips for Training Your Kitten

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Welcoming a new kitten in your family is such an exciting experience, especially if you’re a first-time pet owner. You often find that kittens are energetic, cheeky and curious the moment you pick them up and with this in mind it’s important to be prepared and start the training straight away. Once you start to get your kitten into a habit and the training begins, the sooner they’ll be well trained and well behaved. 

Teach the Sit Command

 As soon as you start to reward your kitten for certain behaviour, you’ll find that they become more and more accustomed to doing it. Teaching your kitten simple yet effective commands such as sit will really help to engage them and teach them something new. Once your kitten is happy following the sit command, you’ll notice that they’ll find it much easier to pick up additional commands, as they’ll start to understand how the training and rewarding process works. It’s really important, however, to reward your kitten properly whenever they follow a command, as this will ensure they continue to learn and cooperate. 

Crate Training

By teaching your kitchen to like their crate, you can encourage them to spend time in an enclosed area. This is really important as cats are curious, adventurous creatures that like to hide in small places and explore, so you want your kitten to be confident enough when growing into an adult to explore and settle down in spaces that may seem small to them. Similarly, the more your kitten experiences using the crate, the easier it’s going to be when it comes to taking them to the vet or on travels. 

A cat sitting on a table

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Handling Your Kitten

Many people struggle to teach their kitten how to cope with being handled and this can be down to the fact that they simply don’t do it enough. By handling your kitten in certain ways from a young age, they’ll get used to the handling and be much more tolerant of it when they become adults. If you fail to handle your cat frequently, you may find that over time they refuse to be handled all together which can cause lots of issues further down the line. 

Train with Toys

If when it comes to training your kitten you choose to train, they with toys, then you’re going to find this very useful in a few years to come. From an early age, kittens like to chew and nibble and quite often it’s your fingers or clothing that they want to bite. Introducing training toys helps to distract them from this habit and encourages them to chew and play with the toys rather than you. This is also really useful when it comes to being in the home, as your kitten will get used to scratching and chewing their toys or scratching post, rather than doing it to your sofa and so on. 

A cat lying on a bed

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