A fluffy kitten, if not raised, can turn into a very wayward creature. To prevent this from happening, it is necessary from the very first days to let him understand who is in charge here, what is allowed to him and what is forbidden.
Proper education of a kitten every day: prohibitions and rewards
Toilet training is one of the necessary steps in raising a kitten. So that he understands what the tray is for, grab a handful of litter from the house where the kitten lived before – the familiar smell will tell him the purpose of this strange box. Watch the kitten carefully – as soon as he starts to “dig” in the wrong place, carefully pick him up and take him to the tray.
If the kitten has bad habits – for example, he loves to walk on the table or check the contents of the trash can – you need to make sure that these actions become associated with something unpleasant, but not related to you. For example, you can start a rattle and make noise with it as soon as the kitten tries to climb on the table – cats do not like harsh sounds, so the kitten will soon stop trying such walks.
You can put something with a pungent smell in the bin – lemon peels or a piece of cotton wool soaked in essential oil. Many owners use a water spray to scare off a kitten who intends to do something forbidden, and this method works too.
If the kitten gnaws flowers – this is not a prank, but an attempt to replenish the supply of vitamins. But houseplants can be deadly to cats. Scare the kitten away from the plants with a spray bottle, or better, move them where he can’t reach them. Review the animal’s diet, after consulting with your veterinarian, buy him special food for kittens, as well as the recommended vitamins.
Raising kittens at home: the most common mistakes
Sometimes the kitten’s pranks can really be annoying, and the owners, losing patience, begin to shout at the animal or even use physical force. This is a very ineffective tactic. Cats remember grudges and quickly lose confidence in someone who regularly scares or hits them.
For example, even if the kitten has done his business “in the wrong place”, in no case beat him, do not poke his nose into a puddle. Among other things, cats’ nose is very sensitive, this is their pain point. The kitten may not understand what it is punished for, but at the same time, it will get angry. In addition, stress caused by pain or screaming can in itself cause heightened nervousness, and cats under stress can start marking territory. How to raise a kitten in such cases? Simply wipe up the puddle with a rag and place the rag in the litter box so that the next time the kitten goes to the toilet for a familiar smell.
During play, kittens sometimes forget and start biting. Some owners punish them for this by clicking their ears, but they continue to play. This is a big mistake because the kitten perceives bites as a normal part of playing with a person. Therefore, as soon as the kitten bites you, the game should be stopped and the kitten should be taken to his toys.
By the way, about toys – like any child, a kitten should have a variety of things to play with – balls, pads stuffed with catnip, bows on strings, fur mice. Kittens spend most of the day playing, and if they do not have toys, they will adapt your belongings for this purpose.
The scratching post should be mentioned separately. If the kitten scratches the sofa, do not shout or punish him, but take him in your arms and take him to the scratching post – so he will understand that you can scratch his claws only here.
You should not make allowances for a young age – in order to properly raise a kitten, do not allow him what an adult animal would not allow. Otherwise, when the kitten grows up, he will never be able to understand why he is being punished for his habitual actions. Raise a young friend from a young claw, and then he will grow into a large, obedient and dignified cat or cat.