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kitten socialisation and cat training

Just as puppies need to be socialised, so do kittens. Research shows that kittens who are handled every day for the first months of their lives are friendlier, learn faster and accept new situations more easily. Ideally, kittens should be handled frequently from a very early age and exposed to a range of people, including children. They should be allowed to meet other animals and hear normal, everyday noises such as vacuum cleaners. It’s also a good idea to introduce them to a cat carrier in preparation for future vet visits or travel. Well-socialised kittens are more likely to grow into happy and emotionally healthy cats.

It’s commonly believed that cats cannot be trained. However, by using the correct methods, cats respond well to training. Like dogs, cats may be trained to develop useful behaviour (such as sitting, walking on a lead or playing retrieving games) or discouraged from nuisance behaviour (jumping on the kitchen bench or scratching the furniture). Some cats will even learn to perform tricks, if they enjoy the attention it generates. Even basic training helps make your cat a more enjoyable companion, and provides a fun and different way for you and your pet to interact.