Part of your kitten’s charm is their stubbornness, independence, and free spirit. This also means that they can be less responsive to training than a puppy. However, kittens can still be trained!
For new cat owners, it is important to note that cats don’t misbehave on purpose. Many of the behaviours that we might consider undesirable can just be normal and natural behaviours for a cat. These might include scratching, jumping, climbing, or even vocalising at night.
It is also very important to provide environmental enrichment, particularly for indoor cats. This is the process of providing physical and mental stimulation. Here are some tips:
- Making feeding time more interesting – use food dispensing puzzle toys or bowls. Puzzles are a great way for your cat to pass the time and stay active.
- Provide places to hide and climb. Window hammocks are a great way for your indoor cat to watch the outside world go by. For more timid cats, set up some private retreats around the house – this may be as simple as putting cardboard boxes in every room.
- Grow some cat grass or cat mint – some cats love to nibble on plants. Cat grass is a safe way to redirect this behaviour – this not only provides fibre that reduce hairballs but also save your precious indoor plants (some of which can be toxic to cats!)
- Set aside play time every day – this is valuable bonding that that also keeps your cat active
Our team looks forward to meeting you and your new kitten. To make an appointment, give us a call on (03) 9372 7655.