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How to train your new cat / kitten

Kitten is full of energy, mischief, and curiosity. Spending some time to train your new kitten will be much easier than trying to undo bad habits in an older cat. But you may be wondering what the best way to train your kitten is. Training your kitten requires a lot of time, supervision, and effort, but it is possible.

1. Kittens need exercise. If this is not done in the form of toys for the animal to play with, it will become restless and could do damage to your home.

2. Since kittens are not yet toilet trained, it is best to start by teaching it what to do with a litter box. The litter box should be big enough for the pet to enter and move around in. By adding newspaper and perhaps carpet, the animal will soon learn where to release waste when it is time.

3. The claws of kittens are not that sharp yet compared to older cats. So that these creatures will not damage the furniture in the future, it is best to get a scratching pad and teaching it that this is the proper place to scratch.

Praising the kitten for doing a good job and feeding it as a reward will help in teaching the kitten how to behave inside the house. The owner should not shout or hit the kitten since this will make the animal fear the person and no amount of effort in teaching it will work after that experience.

Kittens are lovable animals and by spending some time daily with them and with a little patience, this will all pay off as one can finally see that the animal has been finally house trained.

Train a Kitten to the Litterbox

In order to avoid litter box problems in adult cats, it is extremely important that you get your kitten off to a good start. A plastic box is usually the most practical since it is inexpensive and easy to clean. The sides should be no higher than three to four inches so the kitten can easily climb in and out. Place the box in a relatively quiet area of the home with minimal traffic, where the kitten can have some privacy. Be certain the box is easily accessible, perhaps near the kitten’s sleeping area, since it may be difficult for a tiny kitten to navigate a few flights of stairs and find a litter box in the middle of the night.

Some kittens don’t care for scented litter, so it is usually best to start with an unscented clay litter. If you already have cats at home, provide an additional box for each new cat. Most kittens will automatically use kitty litter in preference to other surfaces, except perhaps for the soil of a potted plant. Either keep plants out of the kitten’s reach or try covering the soil with pine cones or decorative rock to prevent mishaps there.

To insure that the kitten uses its litter box every time it has to eliminate, it is a good idea to keep the pet within eyesight at all times. If it stops playing and begins purposely sniffing around, there is a good chance that it needs to eliminate. Gently pick the kitten up, carry it to the litter box, and place it inside. Praise any sniffing or scratching and give it loads of praise or a small food treat for eliminating. Whenever you are unable to watch the kitten, it should be restricted to a cat-proofed room, with its litter box. Do this for at least the first two weeks until it has established a regular pattern of using the box. You must keep the box clean so that your pet will return to use it each time it has to eliminate. To start out, it is better to err on the side of being too fastidious about the cleaning. Scoop the box at least once daily and more often if you have the time. Completely clean the whole box once each week, unless you are using a clumping litter (which might only need a complete cleaning every two to four weeks). To clean the box, empty out the contents and use soap and hot water. Be sure to rinse well to get rid it of all of the soap odor.

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