Cats don’t like dogs. Dogs are team members who want to make their ‘leaders’ (you) happy. Your kitten will show more interest in your own happiness!
However, with some understanding and patience, there is no reason why you should not be able to train your kittens. And what you do is important. First of all, if you don’t teach him to stand on your lap, how do you comb your kittens’ feathers or take care of your health? And do you really want him to walk up and down on your kitchen counter?
The basic principles
The first thing you’ll notice is that cats don’t understand punishment. Promoting good behavior is much more effective. Sounds like confused? Keep in mind three rules – respect, reinforcement, and reward.
Come on, earn your respect. You must act to show that you are a ‘cat friend’. For example, do you know that cats do not like to be stared at or stand up to sudden sounds or movements?
Reinforcement refers only to consistency and repetition. If your kitty does something you want it to give up (like jumping on kitchen countertops), you should always say a calm and sure ‘no’. If he does something you want to encourage, you should always make sure to show him great enthusiasm.
Link directly to rewards. There are two types of rewards – compliments from you and a delicious prize biscuit. Both are highly motivating for your kitten.
Teaching your kitten to stand on your lap
Most cats don’t like to be embraced, and if you get your kittens earlier, they will get used to it more easily.
Many people learn the kittens’ bad habits without realizing it. When they take their kittens into their laps and start fluttering, they immediately drop it onto the ground. In this way, the kitten learns that if it is beaten, it accepts its own will.
It is a better approach to keep your kitten on your lap and keep it gently but firmly if it is whisked. When he calms down, praise him abundantly and lower it from your lap.
Can you teach your kitten, not to scratch? No. Cats like scratching – scratching is a way of determining a natural area, which also allows their muscles to grow. Does this mean that you have to accept the destruction of the furniture? No. You should only teach your kitten to steer the scratching behavior elsewhere.
Get a scratching board for your kitten (rough surfaces are particularly noticeable, so you might want to choose a scratching tree covered with something similar to a rope). Play with your kitten near the scratching board, and then reward him when he uses it, by praising and perhaps giving a prize biscuit.
If it scratches a piece of furniture, it will mark it with its own smell; cleaning this furniture using a deodorizing product may discourage it from coming to the same place again. Since kittens are not usually fond of scratching slippery surfaces, some people think it is useful to put a polytene-like cover over furniture pieces.
Don’t stop biting
A game bite is a natural kitten behavior. If your kitten bites your hands during the game, finish the game immediately. Whatever you do, do not try to pull your hand off suddenly. This just makes the game even more fun! Toys and balls are safer objects as prey.
Clicker training is a modern, scientific, and good method of training animals. The same principles used earlier are used; however, it also hears your kitten’s ‘click’ sound, which indicates good behavior.