Saturday, November 30, 2013

10 Do's and Don'ts of Litter Training Kittens

One of the biggest problems cat owners face, is how to litter train their kitten. Fortunately, cats are clean and fastidious creatures and they can be trained to use the litter box very quickly. In fact, if you own mama cat, she will handle potty training for you. Otherwise, you will have to play that role. Assuming you do everything correctly, you should be able to train your kitten to use the litter box within two weeks. Just follow the list of do's and don'ts below:

•Don't put kitty's litter box next to its bed or food. You want a clear separation in kitty's mind: bed for sleeping, food bowl for eating, and litter box for doing its business. Besides, would you want to eat and sleep in your toilet? The same goes for your kitten.

•Use a spray to attract kitty to its litter box. There are some commercial sprays which can attract cats to a certain spot to defecate and urinate. You can use this spray, for greater convenience.

•Use a "pet behave spray" to prevent kitty from defecating or urinating in corners and other undesirable places. This spray basically produces smells which are unpleasant to your kitten. For example, if your kitten frequently urinates or defecates in the corner behind your settee, then you should spray that area regularly. Kitty will then avoid that area.

•Don't use litter which clumps together (for kittens). A common recommendation for litter training cats is to use a litter which easily clumps together. While this is very convenient for adult cats, this cannot be recommended for kittens. Litters like these are usually treated to a chemical which to kittens may be sensitive. It is safer to use a different kind of litter. Check with your vet for advice on a suitable type of litter.

•When kitty hunches up or crouches, this is a common sign that it is about to do its business. Quickly put your kitten in its litter box and scratch its front paws in it. Eventually, this will help to associate the idea that kitty should do its business here.

•Put kitty in litter tray when it wakes up, and after eating. Many cats and kittens tend to pee and shit around these times. If you put your kitten in its litter box during these times, you will have fewer messes to clean up.

•Whenever kitty defecates/urinates elsewhere, clean up the poop and place it and kitty in the litter box. Don't rub your kitten's nose in the poop. Just sprinkle some litter over the poop or pee and clean it up. Then put this mess together with kitty in the litter box. The intention is simply to associate the action of shitting and peeing with the litter box. Kitty will probably not understand at first, so you need to be patient and do it over and over again.

•Feed kitty on a regular schedule. Part of litter training your kitten is to create fixed habits which are convenient to you. Regular feeding will help lead to regular shitting and peeing. This definitely makes your life easier.

•Clean the litter box regularly. Scoop away the poo after your kitten defecates. Replace the litter every week. If the litter is dirty and messy, your kitten will refuse to use the litter box. This is very bad for you.

•Don't move the litter box around. This is part of forming good habits in your kitten. Keep the litter box in the same place. This makes it easier to associate the litter box with the act of elimination. Don't confuse your kitten by changing the location of the litter box everyday.

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Persian Cats: Tips for Bringing a Persian Kitten Home

Probably the first thing you need to do is baby-proof your home. Persian kittens are just like having a new infant in the home. Try getting down on the floor, looking around in about every crook and corner your new Persian kitten could get into. Remove items that could cause harm. Things such as:

* Buttons

* Rubber bands

* Beads

* Electrical cords

Be sure household chemicals are in a secure place away from Persian kitten's little paws. Household plants can be toxic to Persian kittens. You will need to place all household plants in a location too high for him or her to reach. Secure all your fragile and treasured items in places where kitty cannot reach.

Once you are sure your home is prepared to welcome the new Persian kitten, make a check list of the supplies you will need. Some items you will need to start out with are:

* Cat carrier

* Litter box

* Kitten food

* Water and food bowls

* Kitten toys and treats

Try to plan on some days off when you first bring home a Persian kitten. Assure the time is free of stress as possible. Holidays are truly not a good time to welcome home a Persian kitten. Bring home the Persian kitten before holiday celebrations or after.

Choose an area to place the cat carrier before the Persian kitten arrives. A small room is usually a good idea. Set up the area with the water and food bowls, the litter box, and a comfortable area for sleeping with a few toys. Once inside the area with your new Persian kitten, open the carrier door and allow the kitten to come out when ready.

Don't worry about entertaining or playing with your new Persian kitten in these first few days of being home with you. Allow the new Persian kitten to adjust to the news surroundings at his or her own pace. Keep the new Persian kitten confined in the area you have set up. If you have other pets in the household, this time period will give them a chance to adjust to the new smell of Persian kitty.

Take plenty of time introducing the new Persian kitten to other household pets. The first introduction should be a short one, and most importantly, a positive one. Watch closely and take the Persian kitten back to its own area after a few minutes. Don't forget to give the most of your attention to existing household pets to avoid jealousies. Obviously, they may become stressed when a new Persian kitten arrives in their territory. Be sensitive to existing household pet's feelings during this adjustment time period. Animals will eventually work things out among themselves if given the time to do so. Do not feel rushed with these first introductions. Give each pet in your home a place to go for alone time.

About the Author Written by: Connie Limon. I raise the elegant green-eyed Persian cats from champion and grand champion bloodlines. Visit my website

How Often to Feed Your Kitten

When you get a new kitten it can be an exciting time, but you also may not know exactly what to do with a new kitten. How often should I feed him? What should I feed him? When should I take him to the vet? Etc. Well, you should know how old your kitten is (if not, bring him to the vet to get an estimate). If he is younger than four weeks, he should only be eating mother's milk or milk replacement (not cow's milk). If he is between four and eight weeks, you should be in the process of weaning onto kitten food. After eight weeks, he will only be on kitten food.

The best case for a baby kitten is to have its mother give it milk when it needs it and for you to leave it be. However, this is not always possible. You may not know where the mother is, or the mother may be refusing to feed one kitten. In these cases, you should be giving the kitten milk replacement. You can get this online or at a pet store. It will come in either a liquid form or a powder which you will have to mix with water. You will want to give the formula to the kitten via a needle-less syringe or a small dropper. Make sure that the flow of milk is slow, you may suffocate them if there is too much milk flow.

Make sure you choose a high quality kitten food. Get a recommendation from your vet if you like. It should be made almost entirely from meat, as that is a cat's natural diet. Only feed it kitten food, not cat food. Kitten food is more calorically dense, so it helps the kitten grow and expend all of the energy it requires.

Whereas an adult cat can be fed once or twice a day, a kitten needs to be fed about four to five times a day. This is because of the calorie requirement a kitten needs. They will not be able to eat enough in one sitting. And, if they do, they will likely suffer from 'scarf and barf', where a cat eats too much food too fast and proceeds to vomit it all up.

I hope that this article has answered all of your questions about feeding kittens at any point of their life cycle. Have fun with your baby kittens!

About the Author Sally writes about cats and kittens on her site Kitten Advice. Want to find out more about kitten food?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Kitten Names - Pick The Best One

When choosing a name for your new kitten, you are searching for that name that really fits your pet. Sometimes other people have a negative reaction to a kitten's name. That is probably because of all the old wives tales about cats. If that doesn't bother you, go ahead and name your kitten Specter like a friend of mine did, if the name fits the look of your kitten and its wild personality.

There are many categories of kitten names. A web search brings up 359,000 results. When you go to a kitten name site, you can browse by gender, breed, cute, origin as in what country the name originated in and so forth. When a site lists kitten names from various countries it will give the origin and the meaning of the name. Some sites let you rate the names with stars.

One of the sites [] is setup to search by gender, next category, and lastly subcategory. There are sites where you can answer questions that help you pick a name for your kitten.

Some sites let you vote on whether you think the name is a kitten name or better for another kind of pet. Some other factors for picking a kitten's name are color, long or short haired, and size.

Kitten Naming Tips

Make sure you know if your kitten is a boy or a girl. Get to know your new kitten a bit before choosing a name. What is her/his personality like? A cute kitten name may not be fitting for your grown cat, though this may not bother you. Once you have a name or two in mind start a list. Some people consider names beyond two syllables too long. If you want your kitten to come to you by name, a shorter one is better. You may name your kitten King Mighty Cat and Mighty can be a one syllable nick name or King Mighty the two syllable nickname that the household uses to call the kitten.

If you have other pets make sure the name for the new kitten isn't similar to lessen confusion. Some people say that cats know when they are being made fun of, therefore, don't name your kitten something that makes people laugh.
Don't name your kitten something that you or family members will be embarrassed to use. A cutesy name may be too cute for the male members of the family to be comfortable in using.

Learning Her Name

A kitten can be trained to learn her name by repetition, though some take a bit longer to catch on. When you are feeding her, playing with her or petting - these are good times to repeat her name. When she answers to her name tell her what a good kitty she is and pet her while saying her name. Call her and give her a reward when she comes to you.

Don't scream her name if you are angry with her. Hopefully you won't scream at her, but we are human. You don't want your kitten associating her name with anger or other negative emotions. When she learns to associate you calling her name with good experiences, she will respond by running to you.

About the Author
Tristan Andrews is a freelance author who writes articles about Kittens and other Cat Articles.