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Behaviour, socialisation, & training tips for kittens

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How to make your cute kitty feel at home from day one.

Behaviour, Socialisation, & Training Tips for Kittens

So let’s start with the essentials. You’ll need kitten food, a carry cage, a cat bed, some toys, a few bowls, two litter trays (including kitty litter), a scratching post, a collar and name tag, a kitten harness and lead – and of course, parasite protection. Settling in can have its challenges, so here are some handy hints to help the whole family along the way:

Bringing your kitten home

We understand the first night can be a bit scary so when it’s time to go to bed, set your kitten up in a small room or enclosed area of the house with their bed and litter tray, making sure water and food isn’t close to the litter tray.

Remember, it’s been a big day for both of you so cries for attention are normal, even for the first few nights:

The carry cage can be a comforting place over the next few days if your kitten is frightened or sleepy – put it near their bed so they can go in and feel secure at any time

The importance of house training

Your new kitten will be inquisitive and looking for any opportunity to play – during play they may even work out how to use their claws. With patience, training and understanding your kitten will learn the house rules in no time.

It’s important to litter train from the start. Place the tray in a quiet spot, put your kitten in their tray after they’ve woken or eaten and praise them when they use the tray.

Cats are curious and independent so scratching, climbing and jumping will occur. Provide a scratching post for your kitten and offer a reward when it is used – say “no” if your kitten tries to sharpen their claws on furniture. Also, de-sex cats by six months of age so that females won’t get pregnant and males are less likely to go wandering or missing, fight or spray urine in your home.

And remember, punishing hinders progress so never smack your kitten or rub their nose in their mess – they don’t understand and punishment can cause training issues and make your kitten fearful of you.

Socialising your kitten

We understand everyone will be very excited about your new arrival so help your kitten fit into a human environment with these tips:

Understanding your cat’s signals

Cats use the following features to display emotions:

The Advantage Family can minimise the risk to your family – especially young children – from parasites and flea-borne diseases by keeping your kitten protected from worms, mites and fleas.

Got a pet health question?



If you have a question on anything from parasites to pet health ask us, we don’t bite!


Call The Advantage Pet Care Line on 1800 678 368

Advocate for Cats

Advocate not only treats parasite infections, but monthly treatment can help protect your cat against fleas, heartworm and gastrointestinal worms.


Treats
Fleas, Worms

Poo Facts

The ins and outs of your pet’s poo.

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Got a pet health question?



If you have a question on anything from parasites to pet health ask us, we don’t bite!


Call The Advantage Pet Care Line on 1800 678 368

Advocate for Cats

Advocate not only treats parasite infections, but monthly treatment can help protect your cat against fleas, heartworm and gastrointestinal worms.

Treats
Fleas, Worms

Poo Facts

- ↓ -

The ins and outs of your pet’s poo.