Play with Kitten
Just like her big cat cousins, your little kitten prefers to go to the toilet in privacy. That's why it's important to keep her litter tray in a quiet, safe, place where she can get to it easily and use it without anybody watching.
Noticing when she wants to go
You’ll need to train your kitten in how to use her tray. This is simple: just lift her into the tray as soon as you see that she wants to go. You can also help by placing her in the tray early in the morning, last thing at night and after every meal.
In the wild, big cat rely completely on themselves for survival. So does your little kitten. Her natural instinct is to act alone, and ignore what others want or demand from her.
Your kitten’s view of social structure and co-operation is very different from your own. If you want your kitten to learn, then you need to understand her motivations.
Just like her big cat cousins, your little kitten is a natural hunter. In fact, her instinct to hunt is so powerful that she’ll do it even when she isn’t hungry.
That’s because, in the wild, big cats never know when their next meal is coming from. Like them, your kitten is always on standby, ready and waiting for prey to come along.
Like all big cats who live in the wild, your adorable little kitten is actually a formidable hunter.
Hunting and catching prey is a big part of her natural behaviour, so there’s a good chance that your feline friend will sometimes like to bring her prey home.
Your cute little kitten is ready to hunt at all times. If she picks up the right combination of movement and sound, she'll find it hard to resist pouncing.
It's a great idea to indulge this natural instinct so she doesn't start pouncing on you, your clothes or your furniture!
Your kitten loves to play, even at mealtimes. By livening things up a bit, you’ll stimulate your kitten’s natural hunting instincts and strengthen the bond you’re building with her.
Feeding time fun
• Fill a plastic bottle with some Whiskas® Junior Dry, leaving the lid off or cutting a small hole in the side so the dry biscuits fall out as your kitten plays with it
• Place some dry food in a brown paper bag and loosely close the end
• Put some dry food in a feeding ball
Your little kitten has a natural instinct to protect both herself and her territory. To begin with, therefore, she may see a cat flap as a hole in her “home defences”. It’s up to you to help her out, and give her the confidence to use it.
Getting your kitten used to the cat flap
• Fit the cat flap at the right height for your kitten to step through – this is usually about 6cm above the bottom of the door
• To begin with, prop open the cat flap slightly and tempt your kitten through it with treats and food
Your little kitten only needs her cat carrier when she has to go somewhere – perhaps to the vet or cattery. All the same, it’s a good idea to keep it out permanently, so your kitten comes to recognise it as a normal part of her world.
Selecting the right carrier
The main questions to consider before you buy a carrier are:
• How easy is it to clean?
• How easy it is to get your kitten in or out?
• How safe will your kitten feel in the carrier?
In the wild, big cats will naturally respond to threats by acting aggressively. Your kitten is no different. However, you might find your kitten acts aggressively even when there’s no reason for her to feel threatened – during playtime, for example.
If this happens, don't worry – there are plenty of things you can do to restore the temper of your little feline friend!