the sun with your furry friend BEFORE THEY TEACH YOU
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.
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.
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.
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.