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5 Tips to Help You Train Your Cat

Given cats’ intelligence and independence, training them may seem like, well, trying to herd cats. Yet these same traits also make them willing to be trained … if you do it the right way.

Working with your cat’s natural instincts, you can train them to fetch, give you a high-five, stop using your leather sofa for a scratching post, become a famous piano-playing meme and much more. Whatever you’re hoping to accomplish, there are some important lessons to keep in mind. Ring the bell: School is now in session.

Five Tips for Training Your Cat

1. Treats Are Key

Cats are more eager to learn if they know there’s a tasty treat for them. Use your cat’s favorite flavor of as an incentive or reward to keep them coming back for more lessons.

2. A Clicker Makes Training a Snap

These inexpensive training tools are found at most pet-supply stores. A simple click-click becomes a quick, consistent reminder to your cat that they’re truly the teacher’s pet. (Make sure to quickly follow up the clicking with a treat!)

3. Break Down Lessons into Small Steps

Cats have good memories, but short attention spans. Break down a training activity into simple steps and build from there. If your cat gets bored, let them have recess before the next class.

4. Accentuate the Positive

We all love positive reinforcement! If your cat is behaving badly, ignore it. Yelling at them is still a form of attention, so they’ll take it over nothing. But when their performance is an A+, lavish them with treats, loving pats, kind words and maybe a college scholarship. Who’s a good kitty?

5. Start Early

Cats are creatures of routine, so it’s harder to teach an old cat new tricks. Young kitties are much more likely to be your star students.

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    Kitten Treating 101: Everything to Know about Treats for Kittens

    Congratulations on your new lil’ kitten! This is a time of adorable meows and razor-sharp claws. So wonderful.  

    You want to bond with your new kitten however you can, but how? It’s no secret that cats love treats. Every cat owner knows how irresistible TEMPTATIONS™ Treats are. But what about kittens? When can they get in on the fun? This is the definitive guide to kitten treats.

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    Can Kittens Eat Treats?

    Yes, they can! You can start feeding kitten treats to your kitty when they are about 8 weeks old or after they’ve fully transitioned to wet kitten food or dry kitten food from milk or formula. You should switch your kitty to adult treats around their first birthday.   

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    Do They Even Make Treats for Kittens?

    Yes, we do! From the makers of your favorite healthy cat treats (that’s us) comes TEMPTATIONS™ Kitten Treats! We’ve made two irresistible flavors: TEMPTATIONS™ Chicken and Dairy Flavor Kitten Treats and TEMPTATIONS™ Salmon and Dairy Flavor Kitten Treats.

    Do They Make Healthy Kitten Treats?

    Yes again! TEMPTATIONS™ Kitten Treats are under two calories each and 100% nutritionally complete and balanced for kittens. These healthy kitten treats are specially formulated with DHA to support healthy brain development, which makes them especially good treats for kittens. 

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    What's the Best Way to Feed My Kitten Treats?

    Another excellent question. You can use kitten treats for training purposes, as a whole meal, as a special meal topper or just as a fun way to bond with your tiny new ball of fur.

    How Many Treats Should I Feed My Kitten?

    For kittens ages 8 to 16 weeks (2-4 pounds of body weight), feed 7-9 TEMPTATIONS™ Kitten Treats daily. If fed as a main meal, feed 1/3-1/2 cup daily in 3-4 meals per day. 
     
    For kittens ages 16 to 52 weeks (4-10 pounds of body weight), feed 10-12 treats daily. If fed as a main meal, feed 1/2-2/3 cup daily divided into 2-3 meals per day.  

    And always make sure your growing kitten has plenty of fresh drinking water! 

    Can Kitten Treats Affect Their Diet?

    Your kitten's health is the top priority. Everything in moderation, right? So make sure you’re paying attention to serving sizes and water availability as you’re treating your cat. A healthy kitten is a happy kitten, especially when they’re treated to TEMPTATIONS™. 

     

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    Any Fun Ideas on How to Use These Tasty Kitten Treats?

    Oh yeah — we’re so glad you asked. We’ve got a whole article on using cat treats for training, but here are some of our kitten-specific favorite ways to use our crunchy treats.  

     

    Kittenhood is when behaviors get solidified, so treats are a great way to encourage good habits. Try incentivizing your kitten’s use of the scratching post by holding a treat for them above it, keeping it just out of reach. This might save the sides of your couch later!  

     

    Place treats on all levels of your cat tree to watch them parkour around or play a little cat fetch by tossing treats across the floor. Don’t be surprised when they don’t actually return the treats, though. They’re just too … tempting. Get it? Because we’re … never mind. 

     

    OK, this one might not be as fun, but it’s practical: Get your kitten used to their crate by placing treats toward the back of it. Over time, you can work toward having the door shut and spending a few seconds/minutes at a time in their crate, which can make going to the V-E-T way easier. Trust us. 

     

    That’s it! That’s the full download on kitten treats. We’d love to see how you’re using TEMPTATIONS™ Kitten Treats, so why not show us a pic or cute video over on Instagram? Use the hashtag #TEMPTATIONSShare and your pretty kitten may just end up on our account.