You may love your cat more than anything in the world, but there are certain behaviors, such as tearing up furniture, scratching people, and getting into areas you don’t want her to access, which are simply unacceptable. You will need to practice patience and persistence to deter your cat’s bad behavior. With certain adjustments to her routine and the use of correcting techniques, you should be able to stop your cat from practicing bad behavior.
What you’re not so used to are all the challenges. From toileting problems to disobeying your orders, there’s a range of problems you will encounter that are simply part and parcel with caring for an untrained kitten.
The good news is that with training, your kitten will learn how to behave in a more positive, healthy, and constructive manner.
Here are five steps you should follow if you want to effectively (and efficiently!) train your kitten:
- Give Your Cat Toys To Progress Their Development
- Encourage Good Behavior with Positive Reinforcement
- Socialize Your Kitten From the Get-Go
- Train Your Kitten to Follow Your Commands
- Teach Your Kitten to Use the Litter Box
1. Give Your Cat Toys To Progress Their Development
Typically, cats most enjoy playing with small, light objects that are “flickable,” such as a cork or a Ping-Pong ball, which they can swat and then chase. Cats also love empty paper bags to investigate and “hide” in. Remove the handles so your cat doesn’t get caught in them.
2. Encourage Good Behavior with Positive Reinforcement
Positive reinforcement is the much-preferred way to help cats establish better habits in your home. It is fun to reward your cat for desirable behavior, and it improves the strength of your bond. The more often you can reward behavior with a motivator your cat enjoys, the more often you will see that behavior repeated.
3.Socialize Your Kitten From the Get-Go
Take her to a quiet, safe place and show her where her bowls and litter boxes are. Give her lots of love and reassurance and pet her gently, talking to her in a soft, calm voice. Playing is also a great way to socialize your kitten and form a bond with her early on in your relationship.
4.Train Your Kitten to Follow Your Commands
Training Your Kitten
Training, including obedience and litter training, should take place in your kitten’s first year when she’s growing and maturing rapidly. The earlier you teach her good habits, the better.
5.Teach Your Kitten to Use the Litter Box
Make sure the box is not in a noisy or hard-to-reach place. Soon after you bring your kitten home, take her to the litter box at a quiet time. Place her into the litter box, gently take her front paws and show her how to scratch at the litter once or twice. Don’t worry if she jumps right out again.
in cats, Positive reinforcement helps encourage healthy behavior and curb bad behavior. This is crucial to remember when your cat acts up, as you may find yourself resorting to punishing it.
The thing is, punishing your cat does the exact opposite of what you hope to achieve! It fails to teach your cat what they’ve done wrong, increases its stress and anxiety, and may even destabilize the positive relationship you’ve worked so hard to build. Conversely, positive reinforcement demonstrates that good behavior is recognized and rewarded, and therein sets your cat up for success.