Kittens are extremely playful animals. By ignorance of social codes with his congeners, or prohibitions with his human family, he will inevitably be led to do stupid things.
Endearing, funny and mischievous, your kitten will make you laugh out loud with his pirouettes. But when his stupidities endanger him or spill over to the other inhabitants of the household, care must be taken to educate him so that he understands the limits as soon as possible. Here are the top 5 kitten silly things, and how to prevent them from happening again!
Foolish n ° 1: the kitten damages plants
If there is one silliness that all kitten owners know, it is this: The kitten can scratch the soil of your plants and do its business there, it can chew on the leaves of your favorite plant, sleep in the plant pot heated in the sun, or even play with the clay balls present in the pot. Presenting him his litter box, diverting his attention if he is scratching with a cat scratching post, or with a toy is usually sufficient.
But the real danger is that it can bite your houseplants. Indeed, many plants are toxic to our friends the cats. Among the latter, we often cite the ficus, the yucca or even the aloe among those most present in our apartments and houses. Avoid leaving them to your feline as much as possible, and buy catnip in the store to distract him.
Foolish n ° 2: the kitten nibbles or scratches your skin
Even if his behavior is not mean, your cat may nibble your hands or fingers when playing, or catch your arm or foot by gripping it with its claws. Think that a kitten that is allowed to pass this behavior will reproduce it in adulthood. However, scratching and biting a human should not be an option for him, which is why it is necessary to educate him.
The best solution, during those moments of play or those touching peaks of madness, is to raise your voice, without shouting, and adopt a firm tone. A simple categorical no, accompanied by your finger on his nose will be enough to make him understand the prohibition, by dint of repetition.
Stupid n ° 3: the kitten scratches your furniture
It is a great classic, kittens and cats in general need to scratch. And if they do, it is above all to mark their territory by depositing their pheromones on your walls, furniture, cushions, sofas, chair backs, etc. It can also be because his claws are too long and he feels the need to file them.
The best solution to stop this behavior is to give it something to scratch, in a place entirely authorized for it. Toys made of sisal, seagrass or rope can fulfill this function. But a cat scratching post or a cat tree with an integrated scratching post will make it happy for several months or even years. A thick doormat, made of coconut fiber for example, is also a great affordable alternative.
Stupid # 4: The kitten climbs on railings and windowsills
The kitten is a very agile and extremely skillful animal. However, it is not infallible and can make a wrong move, fall asleep, have a bad apprehension of space. In short, there are so many possibilities for him to fall, which is particularly dangerous if you live in a building with an apartment located on the upper floors.
Indeed, the kitten could die following its fall, or panic when finding itself outside, being run over, etc. Be sure to close your doors and windows and install protections on your balconies and windowsills to protect your cat and minimize the possibility of accidents.
Stupid n ° 5: the kitten defecates outside the litter box
Here is a very unpleasant situation that many cat owners have faced. Fortunately, this is never an unsolvable problem, especially since a kitten learns faster and faster than an adult cat. He can do it outside of his litter box because he was separated too soon from his mom, or simply because she didn’t teach him to be clean, favoring his siblings for example.
It is advisable in all circumstances not to be brutal and to remain calm to prevent your kitten from developing behavioral disorders. To start, clean the soiled area and add sparkling water, which is naturally repellent and safe. Of course, check the cleanliness of the litter box. And if your kitten always defecates in the same place, put his litter box there!
No matter what your kitten is doing, always follow the same rules and never raise a hand on them. If behavioral issues set in and persist despite your best efforts, speak to your vet. After ruling out a risk of disease, he will refer you to a feline behaviorist.