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Training your kitten

Your kitten learns in two different ways: it starts by imitating its mother’s actions and learning through new experiences and positive reinforcement. While kittens are more independent than puppies, it’s important to train them to adopt the right behaviour from an early age and learn the rules of sharing a home with other people and animals.

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Four benefits of training your kitten

How to train your kitten to recognize its name

Teaching your kitten to respond when you call their name is simpler than it sounds. These simple tips should prove useful.

  • Choose a short name without too many syllables. This will make it easier for your kitten to recognize
  • Call your kitten by their name for feeding or play, and repeat their name during the activity. This positive reinforcement will help your cat to recognize the name
  • Try not to repeat the name when punishing your kitten as this will give the name a negative connotation
  • Say your kitten’s name and then immediately give them a treat
  • Or say their name and roll them a paper ball
  • Kittens are often more responsive when they are hungry. So try these exercises before mealtime.

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How to train your kitten to use a litter box

Most kittens learn the basics of house training by watching their mother. However, if you kitten doesn’t know how to use a litter box, it will be your job to show them what to do. House training your kitten before they get into bad habits can save them and you considerable anxiety and stress.

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Tips for house training your kitten

Why does my kitten not use their litter box?

There are a number of reasons why your kitten may not want to use their litter box. Here are some of the most common to watch out for:

Cleanliness

It’s important to clean your kitten’s litter box on a daily basis, remove strong odours and add fresh cat litter

Size

The litter box may be too small so your kitten is not comfortable using it

Location

If the litter box is in a noisy or busy place, or too close to food and drinking bowls, your kitten may be anxious about using it

Bad experience

It’s important not to watch or disturb your kitten while they are in the litter box to avoid creating a negative connection

How to train a kitten to use a scratching post

Kittens instinctively like to sharpen their claws. To help them do that without causing damage to furniture, it’s a good idea to invest in a scratching post and train your kitten to use it when they first come into your home.

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Tips for encouraging your cat to use a scratching post

Why doesn’t my kitten use their scratching post?

Every kitten is different. So, if your pet is not using their scratching post, it could be because it's in the wrong location, or perhaps it doesn’t look or smell right.
The scratching post should always be placed where your kitten spends most of its time. You should also make a note of how your kitten likes to sharpen its claws off the post. Does it stretch up on its back legs? Or stretch out on the floor? This action could help you to choose a tall scratching tower or a long scratching matt to match.

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Kitten socialization

Socialization should start as early as possible to avoid any unwanted behaviours and help them develop into confident, even-tempered adult cats. Find out how you can socialize your kitten.

Socializing your kitten
Sacred Birman kittens and mother black and white

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