Helpful training tips for your cat or kitten

  • GET YOUR KITTY USE TO THINGS AT A YOUNG AGE – If you want your new kitten to enjoy being picked up or receive kisses among other things, do it when they are kittens and they will get use to it when they become adults. I use to put my kitten “Wimsy” up on my shoulder and walk around. To this day she absolutely loves it up there and feels completely comfortable.
  • KITTY IS ATTACKING MY HAND! – Some people like to play with their kitten with their hands and get attacked in the process. That behavior will continue if the kitten gets use to it. Try using a string or toy instead, so the kitten doesn’t associate your hand as a toy.
  • STAY OFF THE COUNTER! – To keep your cats off the counters or any other area (plants, curtains, or couch) try spraying them with water in a spray bottle. It is very efficient as cats don’t like getting wet and the cat will become afraid of the water bottle but not you, which is what you want.
  • KEEPING CATS AWAY FROM FURNITURE AND OTHER AREAS  – Give your cat a quality scratching post to deter her or him from scratching your furniture.  Still scratching?  Try putting lemon scent or orange scent on the area.  Cats hate these smells. Also try double sided sticky tape (Found at most pet supermarkets) or aluminum foil. *For more intense cases where you don’t want your animal coming anywhere near your expensive couch there is a mat called the “Scat Mat or Pawz Away” which is a clear plastic mat that is placed on the couch and once the animal touches the mat it sends out a harmless little static shock. It will teach your cat to never come near it and is what we have used in the past and YES it worked wonderfully.
  • TAGS AND COLLARS WILL INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF FINDING YOUR LOST ANIMAL– 1 IN 3 CATS WILL GO MISSING IN THEIR LIFETIME! A collar and tag can help your animal find his way home should he ever be lost. Better yet, outfit your animal with an electronic identification chip, which greatly increases your chances of finding your animal. To make sure your cat’s collar fits properly, see that you can slip two fingers under the collar between the collar and your cat’s neck. Make sure it is not too loose as it can get caught in your cat’s mouth or on a branch. You can get a tag engraved at your local Walmart or order a collar with the name/phone number sewn into the collar.
    They also make break-away collars (rubber band type works best as it stays on better or ones where the whole collar is elastic) so your cat can’t get trapped on a branch as the collar will “break away.” Those are HIGHLY recommended.  I DO NOT recommend getting any break away collar that is a clasp type (like a seat belt). I’ve bought 6 of them for my cats before and the cats LOST every single one! The clasps releases way too easily. To find excellent break-away collars you can go to Pet Supplies Plus, PetCo, Walmart, or PetSmart. Ones that have the rubber band on one portion or the whole collar is stretchable work great.
  • HELP! MY ANIMAL IS MISSING! – Don’t delay looking for your cat. The longer the cat is gone, the further away it may be.  Statistics show that owners don’t start looking for their cat for several days. If your cat has been taken to a crowded shelter or municipal pound they may only be able to hold cats for a few days before euthanizing him/her. REMEMBER to call your local humane societies right away and give a description of your animal and where it was lost so they can keep it on file in case they come in contact with him/her at the shelter. Also put out fliers around the neighborhood with a recent photo of your cat/kitten on it. Don’t forget to put an ad in the lost section of the News Journal and on Craigslist.
  • A CLEAN LITTER BOX MAKES YOUR KITTY HAPPY – Keep your cat’s catbox clean by scooping it daily! You wouldn’t want to use a toilet that was previously used multiple times without flushing so why would your cat?   This would prevent him or her from using the bathroom elsewhere. Scoopable clumping litters work the best for odor control. You can also try putting a thin layer of baking soda at the bottom of the cat box as well.
  • FEEDING INSTRUCTIONS FOR A GROWING KITTEN – A bowl of dry food and fresh water should be available at all times. Wet food should be given morning, midday and evening (as much as a growing kitten wants). You can always try adding a little bit of water to the wet food to get it more mushy. The best nutrition you can give your new family member is natural food made for cats without by-products. NEVER give milk to any cat unless it is specifically made for cats.
  • FLEA CONTROL ON YOUR PET – Use only vet recommended flea control. Over the counter ones can kill your cat. Revolution & Advantage MULTI (Has to be multi)  kills fleas, ear mites, and most internal parasites when used regularly. There are a couple places you can look to find discounted flea controls.
    1. CCFAW (www.ccfaw.org) – they offer these at a discount.
    2. I use PetCareRx (www.petcarerx.com) or (www.revivalanimal.com) which are always less expensive to buy flea control than a veterinarian’s office. You will need a prescription (give the sites your vet’s name and number so they can call).
    3. Regular Dawn dish soap will kill fleas on your cat/kitten and is safe to use at any age.  Start at his head and then work your way down. Make sure to rinse it all off and dry off the kitten good. *Place the dish soap directly on the kitten.
  • FLEAS IN THE HOME – You can find flea sprays for carpeting/floor at your local Walmart or other stores. Flea bombs work well also just make sure your animals are OUT OF THE HOUSE when using them. Vacuum your floor every day for 7 days and dispose of the contents of the vacuum OUTSIDE of your home. This will suck up any fleas/eggs in your home and is a method I use very often.

SAFE ROOM TECHNIQUE

FIRST FEW DAYS to a couple WEEKS with your newly adopted cat/kitten- Please leave him in a “SAFE ROOM” (small bathroom or bedroom that can be closed off) for two days to a couple weeks with the litter box and food/water in the same room. That way he can get adjusted to his new home and know how to get to his needed items with ease. After a few days to a couple weeks you can start leaving the door open that way he can come in and out as he wishes and always has a “Safe room” to go back too. This greatly helps with the adjustment period! Some animals may need as much as two weeks to get adjusted to a new home and for you to see his true personality so please be patient with your newly adopted pet.