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You Can Train Your Cats

Apr 8, 2008
Just like a dog or puppy training, cats and kittens can be trained as well. Most people don't believe it's true, but it is and it's fairly simple with the reward system just like with the dogs. Reward the good behavior, the behavior you want and don't reward the behavior you don't want and this includes rewards of attention.

Just as you would a dog, repetition is the key to good training when it comes to your kitten. If the kitten is climbing the curtains, a particular favorite of many felines, then you gently take them down and say 'No' and place them on the floor. Now most kittens will go right back to climbing the curtains, however, if you gently remove them and gently is because their claws are sharp and you don't want shredded curtains, and start the process over again.

Most kittens and cats misbehave because they are board and want something to do or attention. Provide your kitten with as much entertainment and attention as you can. Get them several toys, you can find most dollar stores now carry pet toys very reasonably.

There are toys you can make yourself, out of yarn, although make sure every piece of yarn is tucked under and the kitten can not get to it because of a choking hazards. You never want to leave knitting or sewing projects with string lying around the house where a kitten or cat can eat the strings and choke on them.

Kittens can entertain themselves for hours with a paper sack or a small box, just beware that they also like to chew on things and can easily break away some of the box or paper and eat it.

Training your new kitten to use the litter box should be a fairly easy thing depending on where you purchased the kitten. Most breeders and shelters litter train or at least provide them with a box and shredded paper to do their business in. If you are keeping your cat indoors make sure you decide where you are keeping the litter box and then do not move it for cats do not adjust to change very well.

Make sure you clean the litter box at least once everyday or every other day to keep it from building up an odor both for you and the kitten because kittens and cats have very sensitive noses and sense of smell and they will begin to use other areas of the house if their litter box is too full.

You should also decide which brand and kind of food you will feed you new kitten before bringing it home. Ask the shelter or breeder what they have been feed it and if it's not in you price range, get a small bag and slowly wean them off it by mixing the old food with the new food.

Cats and kittens usually don't sleep in a crate or kennel at night but you can crate train them by placing them in a small kennel at night but you must do this from the beginning so they get used to going in it when it's time to go to bed.
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Tristan Andrews is a freelance author who writes articles about Cats and Cat News.
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