Cats are not particularly famed for their trainability, as compared to dogs. Despite this, it is important to know that cats are highly intelligent and are also capable of being trained well if you put in the work.
What you need to train a kitten are just some treats, plenty of patience, and about 10-20 minutes a day to spare.
Many people choose to train kittens in an effort to reduce any unwanted behaviors.
1. Socialize kittens
Some kittens love attention, but for some, especially those who have been rescued, they may struggle with the attention and be too scared and hide from you. If they are skittish, it is best to start them socializing as soon as possible. According to the Herald Courier report, the key period for kitten socialization is up to 10 weeks old. You can still socialize them beyond that, but it will need more of your time and patience.
Do not pressure your kitten into socializing with others. Start slowly and make sure they still have places where they can hide so as not to overwhelm them. Give them treats when you’re asking them to come to you. Don’t pick them up right away, but build trust with treats and praise first. Eventually they will come over to you regularly.
2. Litter box training
When training your kitten, start with an open litter tray with a low entrance. Make sure you have a quality litter safe for your animal companion if inhaled or ingested.
Take your kitten to the litter box after eating, drinking, playing and napping, and other times where you think they need to go. Cats are known to be clean animals so they like to do their business in the same spot every time.
3. Teaching tricks
Teaching kitten tricks may be one of the most challenging things in training a feline companion, but if you do it right, it can be fun and rewarding. You can start off with letting them come to you when called and shaking of paws.
The internet can give you some tricks, especially on YouTube. Just make sure it is safe for you and your animal companion, and do not force them.
Cats tend to be motivated by food, so treats can be a trick. Use food to reward them when they’ve done the right thing, and give them praise! If they did a bad job, remember that punishment is never the answer. Kittens do not understand punishment, instead, this could just cause unnecessary stress for them, which may lead to more unwanted behaviors and cause health problems.
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