Have you recently adopted a kitten? Or, has a kitten adopted you? Congratulations on your new arrival! If you have never had a baby feline before, you’ll soon find out that little Fluffy is, well, basically a tiny, adorable ball of mischief. It’s definitely worth your while to instill good manners in your furry friend now. This will be much easier than trying to correct bad habits in adult cats! A Pasadena, MD vet discusses teaching your pet proper petiquette in this article.
One of the first things on little Fluffy’s agenda is going to be figuring out how all those claws and teeth work. Your frisky pet will practice on anything within range … including you. Nip that bad habit in the bud! If your kitten bites or scratches you, tell her ‘No’ in a firm tone of voice. You can also say ‘Don’t bite’ or ‘Put your claws away.’ Just use the same phrasing every time. Then, blow in your pet’s face, or squirt her with water, and ignore her until she is ready to play nice.
Get your pint-sized pet started out with good nail-care habits by getting her a good scratching post. To encourage her to use it, put toys and catnip around it. When Fluffy does use it, offer her lots of praise, and tell her she’s a good kitty.
Kittens often can’t resist jumping on their owners’ toes, often while we are trying to sleep. Baby felines are also prone to getting the midnight zoomies. Before bedtime, tire your tiny ball of fur out with a fun play session. Follow up by giving her a late dinner. We probably don’t have to tell you what happens when cats are both tired and full: naptime!
Another bad habit you may want to curb is jumping on counters and tabletops. When little Fluffy hops onto something she shouldn’t, squirt her with water or make a loud noise. You can bang two pots together, rattle a jar of change, or use an annoying alarm tone on your phone. These things won’t hurt your kitten, but they will annoy her. Cats hate being annoyed, so this may be enough to stop your pet’s counter-hopping activities.
Please contact us for your kitten’s veterinary care needs. As your Pasadena, MD veterinary clinic, we are dedicated to providing great care!