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how do i teach a very young kitty no?

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    I don't know what you'd teach a kitten 'no' for, but if your kitten was clawing the furniture, you should get it a scratching post immediately. When the kitten does something bad, say, "No." In a low, stern voice and gently correct the kitten by showing it what it IS supposed to do and praising it (i.e placing it in the litter box, having it scratch the post, etc.) Good luck!
  • Joy WaltersJoy Walters Member Posts: 9,276
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    I was wondering the same thing. I know that we all think our kitties are just perfect in every way, but Izzie (5 mo. old) bites and claws me (playfully) and he won't stop when I tell him no. Do I have to carry his mousie around with me all the time to give to him when he starts? Dogs respond much better to a sharp "no!" than kitties do. I also wonder how to stop Izzie from trying to bolt out the patio door when I let my dogs out.
  • Amy RussellAmy Russell SeattleMember Posts: 110
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    The absolute best way to train a cat is to be encouraging and to give them positive affirmations when they do the RIGHT THING. If they are doing something wrong say NO in a stern voice. Do not yell it or say it in a scary way but in a firm "you mean business way" you don't want your kitty to fear you. So RIGHT THEN as soon as they stop doing what you didn't want them to do after you say "NO" then say good job, good boy/girl, good kitty! All in a nice, sweet, happy ENCOURAGING voice with lots of petting and attention.Giving treats after they do what is right always helps. You just want to make sure that they aren't being over "treated". But seriously food can do wonders with training cats. Good luck to you and your new family member.
  • Maria jellyriverMaria jellyriver Member Posts: 1
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    I would suggest that you put some treats on top of the scraching post to encourgae your kitten.
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