Contrary to popular belief, it is quite possible to educate a cat. It just takes a little patience and good technique. .
Choose the right kitten
Knowing the parents of the kitten you want to adopt can help to see the kitten’s future behavior. If the male, but especially the female are stable and well integrated into community life, your future kitten is likely to be too. However, be aware that the environment in which the kitten evolves has much more influence on its behavior than the genetics of the parents. The kitten must remain with its mother and the rest of the siblings until the age of 12 to 14 weeks and not only until the age of weaning, 8 weeks as we used to say. .
He needs this whole period to not only make landmarks that will allow him to be well adapted to the world around him, but to learn, through his interactions with his mother and siblings, to temper his emotions, control his interactions. and inhibit his bites at play.
As the kitten builds the basic landmarks of its environment during this period, it is ideal to choose a kitten coming from an environment similar to ours . A cat having spent the first months of its life in the company of a dog and surrounded by children will adapt more easily to a large family having other animals than a cat raised with a lady living alone and without animals.
Give rules to your kitten
When you adopt your kitten , you will need to familiarize it with your environment. For this, fix places that will be strategic for him: his litter, his bowls, his bed and possibly his cat tree . It is particularly important not to put the bowls in the same room as the litter box.
The kitten may adopt unpleasant behaviors for you : the first are simple undesirable behaviors, such as meowing at night, and the second are attacks such as scratches or unexpected bites.
To avoid these unpleasant situations, it is better to avoid the reprimand with a water spray and opt instead for a good organization of the environment in order to attract the cat to make good choices.
To avoid scratching , place poles with solid claws directly in front of the place it seems to favor and make the places the cat not touch unpleasant by affixing double surface gummed tape or aluminum foil for some time .
For cleanliness , offering an appropriate litter for your cat is an important element. It must be large enough for the cat to settle in and turn around easily. Open litter boxes should be recommended and not placed near noisy appliances.
Raising a cat is done with a lot of patience and its education (or re-education) will prove to be complicated, but the main thing is to do it intelligently. You have to think about the environment and teach the cat the specific behaviors that are expected of it by reinforcing them. Do not hesitate to call on feline behaviorists to simplify your life.