During this stage, your pet is very vulnerable as they have not gained the proper immune protection necessary to combat ailments. Therefore extra care and attention is needed to keep your kitten healthy and happy. While bringing home a new addition to the family, this stage requires some proper training for both yourself and your new friend in order for the kitten to live with you and in their new home. Here are some of the simple guidelines:
- Do not feed your kitten with canned tuna or other canned fish which is intended for human consumption as this imbalance of vitamin will cause serious health problem to the kitten.
- Do feed your kitten with well-balanced food which is intended for kitten consumption. As they are same as human child where they need nutrient the most at this age to make sure they develop properly.
- The first few week of the kitten life is very important in order for them to bond with you, rather than growing up without knowing you or identify you as their owner. Therefore cuddling, holding and even playing with them will create a bond between you and your pet kitten.
- At this early stage of life your pet kitten will tend to be more active therefore you might need to buy some toys for your kitten to play with. Remember do not to use your hand as a tool to play with them this might send the wrong message to their mind and causes problem in the later stages.
- Most kitten do not need to bath, unless you are preparing your kitten to a cat show as they will get chill easily because of their undeveloped body.
- During this stage litter box training is very important, but they will learn it very quickly as it is their instinct to tell them to hide their waste from other predators. Remember to get low sides tray so your kitten can enter the cat litter tray easily.
- Kitten are able to eat solids when they are 4 – 5 weeks old, as before that kitten are solely depending on the mother’s milk to grow.
When Training comes to mind, pet owners normally think of dogs. The truth is cats are trainable as well! The only difference is the training method and the final outcome! Cats are trained through rewards, without them cats are much harder to pursued when it comes to doing involuntary moves!
Training encourages the cat to change its behavior and become an upstanding feline citizen. Couch potato cats learn to be more active, shy cats learn to come out from under the bed, cantankerous cats learn to be more loveable. Training strengthens the human-animal bond and enriches the lives of both cat and owner. Let’s start with the training shall we!
Clicker training—easy and fun
The more an animal is rewarded for a behavior, the more likely the behavior is to occur in the future. It’s a cognitive cycle! With the repetition animals similar to humans get used to the routine and eventually routine becomes a standard set of natural behavior’s done on command.
A clicker can be used, or you can use your voice with a “good” or “yes” as the kitten’s action is what you intend to mold. Immediately after marking the preferred action, bring in the food reward, such as tuna or canned cat food on a spoon. If your kitten reaches up with his paw or stands on his hind feet, move the treat out of reach until all his feet are on the floor. This will prevent you from rewarding unwanted behavior (pawing and standing on his hind feet) instead of the desired behavior. Finally, be sure your cat is hungry — and thus interested in the reward — by training during meal times. In fact with some kittens are driven by food, and while training during meal times occurs, we can have dry food as a treat or reward for them.
Crate Train Your Kitten
Like all owners we would enjoy to take a good long stroll with our kittens in the nearby park. In some cases, we may have to place them in crates to transport them through long journeys to the vet or even for a short get away vacation. There are a few ways to get them accustom to their crates in fact enjoying their short journeys with you!
Teaching your kitten to enjoy his crate from an early age is pretty easy. Meal times can be in crates as well as sleep times. Place your kitten’s meals inside the crate and let your kitten enter and exit on their own. Get them comfortable with being in close areas.
Laying your kittens bedding in the crate could also help in this training. Once your kitten learns that it is secure and safe to sleep and snuggle in their crate, they are less likely to make a fuss when you place them in there for extended amounts of time. Remember to keep the door open in the beginning and gradually close it to get your kitten accustom to their crate and enjoy it!
When we gain a new kitty in the household, many cat owners also invest in new furniture after a while. This can be very expensive but there are methods to stop the scratching and destruction of your furniture. Here’s how!
While making your cat’s scratching post fun, rewarding and exciting, the training process also requires you to make the furniture unattractive. Have a small spritz bottle with water around the furniture, every moment the cat starts to scratch on the area you intend to stop spray water to aware the cat. Cats take hours to clean themselves and when there is unnecessary dirt it makes their cleaning efforts difficult. In this manner, when they have the instincts to scratch the areas you do not want them too, they will remember the involuntary spray hence stopping the behavior.
Handle & Socializing your Cat in a Variety of Ways
All household pets need to be familiar with different people coming to the house and different ways in which these people handle them. It is an important step to mix your kitten with as many people as possible and to learn the various pets and cuddles they are bound to receive when people come to visit.
Not only visits from friends and family but also special visits to the veterinary. Your kitten must be able to accommodate the tugs and strains of a minor check up! Also getting your kitten used to being handled when he is young will make it easier for you to trim nails, brush teeth and clean ears as he grows older.
This training benefits more than just the kitten, indirectly you are also training your guest how to play, pet and enjoy your kittens company as well. It is not a one way learning curve. It is always a combined learning experience and a great bonding technique as well!
Toys for pro’s, hand oh no!
Cats are very playful when they are growing up. They love to catch, pounce, and sneak up on anything, lights, toys, even idle hands! All this is great fun until they start to play rough and it starts to hurt.
Getting your kitten accustom to playing with toys rather than with our limbs is much more appropriate on many levels. For one, you kitten will not need you to be happy, he/she will be able to entertain themselves without having to seek for your attention! Secondly, Using toys as a tool for training makes it easier for cats who are more attracted to fun and play rather than food rewards.
It is important to remember to focus on building trust and a rewarding and fun filled relationship with your cat. Having them reprimanded and punished does not mean you disapprove it makes them instead distance themselves from you. If you schedule regular sessions to give your cat undivided attention and to play games with him, even litter box problems can disappear almost overnight.
Cats require different nutritional needs at various points of their lives. It is important to understand this before purchasing your cat food and feeding your cat. As a normal feeding guide, adult cats require at least 26% protein and at least 9% fat. Kittens, on the other hand, are more active and play a great deal more than adult cats. They spend most of their time playing, testing and learning their environments. With their rapid growth rate and their energetic start up, kittens need much higher amounts of energy in their food being 25% more than your adult cat.
Feeding also depend on your kittens age and place of birth. If your kitten was taken too soon from its mother chances are they haven’t received their good antibodies from their mother’s milk. It is important to know the start of a kitten’s life to be able to get proper and accurate advice from your veterinarian.
Wet & Dry Food
Cats are carnivores by nature. It is known that carnivores have short digestive systems because they are not required to break down the tough cellulose found in plants. Introducing vegetable based meals (cellulose) into their diets invites digestive problems.
Wet food is known to have more moisture in comparison to dry kibble. It is also packed with nutrition within the gel that holds the food together. With all the benefits Wet food offers you, it is important to see the underlining problems which could arise! With lack of dental hygiene, cats on wet food diets are more likely to have gingivitis and dental issues in the long run!
Dry food on the other hand, is high in carbohydrates; hence fat content is more if not consumed through active play. With dry food cats are less likely to receive moisture and therefore would need a fresh rotation of water. It is also important when calculating your kitten’s food intake that dry food is manufactured by a dehydration process which means that the nutritional ingredients are decrease after this process.
When a kitten is growing it takes time to train them to eat. Like teenagers, they sometimes skip the things they don’t like to eat! Cats are most impressionable during their early age, if they are use to a wet diet and nothing more they may only accept a wet meal making them appear fussy in later ages. Make sure to feed periodically a wet and a dry food diet. Balancing the two will help you cat’s nutritional balance as well as your pocket cost.
New owners tend to implement a more liberal feeding technique which means filling their kitten’s bowl and leaving it throughout the day. It is essential to have a proper feeding schedule. A feeding schedule for your kitten allows you to control the kitten’s diet more easily and make sure your kitten does not overeat and gain too much weight. It is also easier to ensure that your kitten if being fed fresh food daily.
Your new kitten should eat three times daily. Morning, afternoon, and evening is a good choice. You can arrange the schedule to fit in with your own routine, although it is best to keep a consistent routine from day to day.