This article is focused on training a kitten, not a fully-grown cat. If you’re the proud owner of an adult cat, you may want check out this article "Cat Training Basics" for training help. If you do own a kitten, however, feel free to keep reading to know more on tips for training kittens!
Do Not Treat Your Kitten Like An Adult Cat
Before you progress any further in training your kitty, you most definitely need to get acquainted with this point first. A kitten and a cat differ vastly when it comes to care requirements, and mixing them up may cause quite a few bumps along the road. Here are a few pointers to help you along when your kitten goes through different age stages:
Rewards and Socialization
Now that you know what to do with your kitten at each growth stage, it’s time to move on to aspects of training! Socialization is a highly important factor when it comes to future interactions between it and other animals/humans. If a kitten isn’t socialized/exposed to enough phenomena, it will grow up to be more nervous and on edge than other felines that have gone through early socialization. Important areas in which your kitten should be exposed to include:
As your kitten starts to familiarize itself with its surroundings, keep food rewards at hand for when it does something that you approve of. Reward-based training (positive reinforcement) is very effective, and your kitten will more likely than not come to associate rewards with the approved actions. Try not to use physical punishment for when it does something wrong – simply walk away and ignore your kitten when it displays unwanted behavior.
Consider Clicker Training
If you don’t own a clicker, an item that makes a clicking sound (e.g. A pen) will work just fine. Clicker training serves as an immediate positive reinforcement technique, and will work best when followed up by a treat. The instant a feline hears the click following an approved action, it will learn through repetition that what it’s doing is the right thing.
Training a kitten is very different from training a mature or adult cat. You can apply the same principals when training a kitten. There are many things to consider especially when it comes to socialization. This is crucial to the future development of the kitten and if a kitten is not well socialize, it may lead to a lot of social problems down the road for both the kitten and its owners. Follow these tips for training kittens and you will have a easier time training your kittens.