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How much behavioral trouble is there in kittens????

How many behavioral trouble are kittens? Do they need lot's of training or what?

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congrats on making CAT!!

it's pretty hard to generalize...it varies a lot from one individual to another.

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Thanks Tim! So, it really depends on the cat with the behaviral problems? Will I know when I see the kitten or what? Thanks. Catlover_2004.

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It's pretty hard to tell in a brief visit with a prospective kitten, because the things they do probably won't show up until after you bring them home.

If you're adopting from a shelter, ask the shelter personnel about the cat's temperament and whether or not it has shown any difficulties in getting along with people or other animals. Ask whether or not it's using the litter box OK. Ask whether they know anything about its history. Ask whether they know anything about health concerns.

About all you can tell yourself in a brief visit is how the kitten reacts to YOU. Although I get the feeling that lots of shelter animals who've been there for a while can put on a pretty good show for a prospective adopter!

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Most kittens are playful; that's how they learn. They have to be taught what's allowed or not allowed, such as getting on the table or climbing the curtains! Most kittens learn very quickly how to use the litter box; they are naturally fastidious. However, your love and guidance will help your kitten learn faster. Some kittens are more playful than others. Some are quiet and sweet. However, half the fun of having a kitten is to watch it race around and have fun! Provide paper bags to leap on and hide in and toys that will give your kitten lots of exercise. They sleep about half the time or more, and there's nothing more innocent looking and sweet as a sleeping kitten! Enjoy; they're so much fun!




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With all of the kittens we have had (and currently have), each one has their own personality, as has been said. I laugh when I hear folks think they can tell what a KITTEN will be like by spending a few minutes, or a couple of visits with said kit. Relying on shelter worker (and believe me, I know they WORK) opinions do not necessarily give a true picture of the kitten's potential. There was a thread on this forum that told about someone that went to a shelter for a second cat. The workers told the person that one particular cat didn't get along with other cats. For whatever reason, the person took that cat anyway and ended up giving both cats a great pal.
All of our cats have hissed and fought with others in our house when they first came home. Eventually, they all get along to varying degrees. Give the kitten plenty of individual attention and let it know it's got a loving home. Everything else is just mouse turds.

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