Train Your Kitten For
You are enjoying have your new kitten called Angel in your household and are wondering what you train your kitten for. Take a look at these four points.
1. To Use the Litter Box
You need to give Angel clear, consistent guidelines so you have set a litter box up in the porch and another one in the spare room. It is suggested for one cat to have two litter boxes. Cats are shy when it comes to toileting. These places are quiet areas away from the rest of the household.
You can use good absorbable litter ( hopefully Angel will like it ) and plan to replace it every 2 or 3 days rather than 1 time per week. The cleaner the litter box the more likely it is to be used. And it is important for cats to toilet regularly to avoid health issues like urinary tract disease, which is very common and debilitating. To help with this you should always keep unlimited supplies of water for Angel, maybe a couple of bowls around the house. The idea is to encourage Angel to drink more and pee more to avoid health problems.
If Angel suddenly displays some bad behaviours like missing or avoiding the litter box or toileting on your favourite chair then we will have to go through the checklist.
- 1. did you move the litter box?
- 2. is there any more traffic, eg guests to stay?
- 3. did you renovate the room?
- 4. did you change the box or the type of litter?
- 5. could it be a health related issue like urinary tract infection or kidney disease where they associate the pain with the litter box and stop using it? This will need to be checked.
Training your kitten to use the litter box should be as stress free as possible. Hopefully Angel will adjust well to this.
2. To Display Acceptable Behaviours
Cats claw, scratch, bite and chew for many reasons. If they are doing these things to food items or their cat toys then that is great. But sometimes they do it on other things like your new couch or electrical cord which not only destroys your property but is potentially dangerous or you. Do not tolerate rough play. If they are allowed to play aggressively with the wrong things then young cats will turn out to be an older, stronger, aggressive cat. You can stop playing with your cat if they start biting or scratching.
If Angel scratches then you should offer some scratching alternatives to you, like a scratching mat or scratching post. These are mush more acceptable!!
Angel is young and will be exploring her world, like human babies do, by mouthing and chewing on things. So we will give Angel substitutes and reward her for chewing and scratching on the right item.
Over vocalisation can be another issue to deal with. Some cats rarely meow and some never seem to shut up. This constant crying and need for reassurance may be the one that is the most difficult to figure out. If Angel needs help here you may call in the professionals.
3. To Address Problems Like:
a. Marking territory with urine or poo:
While this is fine outside it becomes a problem inside.
b. Grooming Problems:
Some cats groom themselves excessively to the point of losing fur and creating
c. Sickness problems:
If Angel displays any of these behaviours then she will need help.
Hopefully she will be content and groom like the very relaxed cat in the picture.
4. To Do Tricks
You are going to have fun training Angel to do all sorts of tricks including commands like:
to come, sit, beg, sit, stay, jumping up, twirling, climbing a ladder, wave, kiss and more.
Training your kitten to use the litter box, behave well, do various tricks, plus identifying problems which need fixing will take time but are ideas on what you can do to train your kitten.
There certainly is a lot you can do to train your kitten. Hopefully you can help guide her in the right direction so that she will settle in well and you and your family can enjoy your fury friend for many years.