Ball of purrs, also known as kitten, that is what you just brought with you home now? Yes, that is right, a kitten. Do you have all your kitten might need? A stylish plate with fish painted on it? A litterbox, which you will have to keep all the time? Do you need something more?
Well, perhaps not. At first your new kitten carefully sniffed out every nook and cranny within its reach, ate half the bag of food, and has been faithfully breaking in his new litter box. But you’ve started to notice that your new cuddle monster is starting to break in a little more than you intended.
Maybe there are a few more items that you want to take into account when overcoming these unwanted cat problems. Many others, before you have already come across the necessity of some basic tips on kitten training.
How do I keep my kitten from clawing my furniture?
So just how does someone go about starting kitten training, when every time they turn around, their new kitten is bouncing off of the walls, gnawing on their owners’ fingers, jumping on top of the kitchen counters, fighting on the kitchen table, and exercising their claws on your brand new furniture?
Don’t worry, you’re not the first to have encountered monster kitten syndrome. To begin your kitten training you’ll want to invest in a few things. First you’ll want to save your furniture by purchasing a scratching post. It doesn’t need to be fancy, any scratching post from your local department store will do. About scratching I also wrote in earlier post- “Kitten Training Primer”.
But what if your monster kitten is still destroying furniture?
If you catch him red handed (or pawed as the case may be) carefully rub his paws up and down the scratching post mimicking the motion he naughtily performs on the furniture. Now pet and praise him! He did a good job! Now, you may have to repeat this many times, but finally your kitten will understand what you want. Do cats ruin furniture?
Next you will need an aluminum can. Fill the can with rocks and tape the opening shut. Now, next time you catch your kitten in a place he shouldn’t be, shake that can loudly. This is harmless for your kitten but he will learn that when he does something “naughty” he will hear a loud, scary sound.
One last thing of importance during kitten training is the issue of what to do about kitten bites. If your kitten starts biting and scratching at you while playing, give him a toy to gnaw on instead. A kitten toy like a jingle bell ball or a mouse will work just fine.
And that is all! You’ve just learned the basics of kitten training. And don’t forget to shower your new kitten with lots of love and praise whenever he does something good. Positive rewards will make for a much happier companion in the long run. Remember, the two of you will be spending many happy years together in the future.