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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-27-2004, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
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I could use help training my wild little kittens!!! Any good suggestions for keeping them off counters, tables, and preventing scratching of furniture? The squirt bottle doesn't faze them at all! I would love to hear what has worked for others. Thanks!

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-27-2004, 06:38 PM
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How old are your kittens? Sorry to say but, kittens will be kittens! It may take them a while to grow out of their wild kitten behaviors. As for scratching the furniture, try to get some scratching posts for them and then praise them with treats when you see them using them. Good luck!
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Oi vey! I have three young cats (technically, one is the mother of the other two, but she's very young). They're just...kittens They have agile limbs, perfect for bounding and climbing, and endless amounts of energy. And clawing is something cats have an instinctive need to do; while they are young is the perfect time to train them on a scratch post

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-27-2004, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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crazy kittens

The kitties are about 20 weeks. They are definitely doing all the kitten things -- racing, jumping, clawing, etc.!!! I guess I was spoiled with my last kitten -- he never jumped on tables or counters.

I will try the scratching post/treat method and see how it goes. Thanks for the feedback. Hopefully I can find a way to keep them off the counters

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Another thing for training with a scratching post: if you see them scratching on something you don't want them to, firmly say no, then pick them up and take them to the post and put their claws on it. Once you have done that, stroke their back and say, "Good [boy/girl]!" You can also give a treat at this point.

The point is to redirect the scratching behavior. Scotty learned not to scratch on furniture within a few days (and I work 8-9 hours a day!).

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What works for my two when they get on the counters or table is to yell, "OFF!" and/or clap my hands. For some reason 'Uh uh' works, too. LOL!
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Forgot to say that the techniques we use, they pretty much stay off the counters and tables now. If there is something they absolutely want they will get up there, but hop right down after "OFF!" is heard.
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We're finding "Oh, no!" is working, too! Those crazy babies are into everything!!! You just have to laugh

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-29-2004, 10:30 PM
 
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My two are nuts too...water bottle works well with them though...Im sorry I dont have any advice, but I hope it doesnt last forever lol...
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