Kittens are easily lovable, for what’s not to love? They’re fluffy, tiny, and extremely adorable. There are times however when our kittens start misbehaving, and we find it harder to deal with them when they pee all over our bed or are excessively noisy during the night. So what can we do to overcome these kitten behavior problems?
One big problem all cat lovers have experienced is biting and scratching. This usually happens when a kitten is raised away from its littermates. When raised with his/her brothers or sisters, your kitten learns how to bite and scratch more gently in order not to hurt the other kittens. Kittens that are not exposed to this sort of activities do not learn to play with reduced intensity, and may therefore cause painful bites and scratches.
A good tip that may reduce your kitten’s play aggression is by keeping track of when this aggression strikes. If your kitten tends to bite you more in the morning for example, then playing with it before he/she even has a chance to bite you may lead it away from more aggressive actions. Noise deterrents can also be used, in order to startle your kitten into stopping its motion. It is never a good idea to strike your kitten, no matter how gently, for this may lead to even more aggressive behavior.
Another behavioral problem you may have with your kitten is its refusal to use the litter box you carefully set out. Cats are usually very neat by nature, and their disregard of the litter box may lead to several conclusions. If you have a lot of cats, it may be necessary to get a litter box for every cat you have. The same goes for kittens. If another kitten is using the litter box, then your kitten may not find it necessary to wait for his/her turn, and simply defecate somewhere else. Another good tip is to clean out your litter box at least once a day. Kittens and cats alike use their litter boxes more often if they are cleaned well. If this problem persists, then it might be a good idea to get your kitten checked out for urinary tract diseases or bladder stones.
Scratching up your furniture and other possessions may also pose a problem, but this one is easy to manage. Simply provide your kitten with a scratching post. Dab this with a small amount of food in order to encourage your kitten to use it. Trimming your kitten’s claws will also help.
Cats are nocturnal by nature, so your kitten may stay awake well past your bedtime, playing and making noise. This nighttime activity can be easily reduced by playing with your kitten before going to sleep. This will encourage sleep and allow you to shift your kitten’s body clock.
Kittens come with a handful of problems and behavioral issues. However, all of these can be easily remedied with love, care, and quite a bit of patience.