Bet­ter pets

the sun with your furry friend BE­FORE THEY TEACH YOU

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Contents -

kitty cats are never too young to learn who’s the boss – you! Un­der­stand­ing their wants and needs will en­sure ‘pawsi­tive’ be­hav­iour! Im­por­tantly, never pun­ish bad ‘acts’. In­stead, re­ward good be­hav­iour im­me­di­ately with kitty treats, en­cour­ag­ing words and a good tickle un­der the chin.

FUR­NI­TURE SCRATCH­ING

Why do cats feel the need to scratch? To sharpen and re­move the dead outer layer of their claws and to leave a scent, mark­ing their ter­ri­tory. To dis­cour­age them from us­ing your fur­ni­ture, pro­vide an al­ter­na­tive: a scratch­ing post with a coarse or tex­tured sur­face his or her claws can re­ally sink into! It’s also a good idea to check kitty’s claws every two weeks or so to see if they need clip­ping.

TOI­LET TRAIN­ING

The good news is… kit­tens come pre-pro­grammed to use a lit­ter tray. All you need to do is show your fur ball where it is. Like hu­mans, cats pre­fer pri­vacy when it comes to their toi­let habits so ar­range the tray in a con­ve­nient but pri­vate spot, well away from food and wa­ter bowls. Re­place lit­ter twice a week, scoop­ing out solids daily. PS, you’ll find a tray liner a bless­ing for lit­ter dis­posal.

PLAY TIME

Kit­tens love to play. It stim­u­lates them men­tally and phys­i­cally, sat­is­fy­ing their nat­u­ral hunt­ing in­stinct and keep­ing them happy and healthy. From a card­board box for hid­ing in or a sim­ple pa­per ball to shop-bought toys, as long as they can hide, flick, swat or chase, kitty will be con­tent. Avoid string, pa­per clips, rub­ber bands or plas­tic bags, which may cause them harm.

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