I have had over my entire lifetime about ten cats. When I was a little girl, my father gave me a kitten as a present. Queenie was the love of my life. From day one, we were in love. She knew I was hers and I knew she was mine. I would walk around our house with Queenie on my shoulder. Sometimes if I was real quiet and my mother didn’t know it, I would walk around with Queenie on my head. She would sit there and never move.
When I was in my teens, Queenie somehow got into my fathers truck. He drove off not realizing she was in the back seat. She must have become frightened somehow because before he could stop her, she jumped from the truck. The area she ran into was secluded. My father searched for Queenie relentlessly. When he figured he just couldn’t find her, he returned home. He told me how Queenie had jumped from the truck and how he looked, but never found her. He returned the next day to the same area, but she was nowhere to be found.
I will always remember Queenie. Over the next twenty years of my life, I had a few other kittens, but none was like Queenie. As a kitten is trained, they remember the things you have trained them to do. If you begin when they are babies, the training provided is just as it is in babies. So, the old adage, ‘train up a child as you will have them to be and when they are old, they will not depart’.
My kittens acquired as I got older were taught to do certain things and act a certain way. I taught them how to behave when we had company, how to eat from a certain dish, where to relieve themselves in the house and outside.
Of course there are certain things you must understand or in their genetic makeup. “It’s in their genes.” Kitten will ultimately become cats. They have a genetic makeup that warrants them reacting and doing certain things. You cannot change a cat to be a human so do not try. Accept the fact and work with those actions you can while understanding the nature of your kitten.
However, if you want to make sure you kitten reacts the way you want them to; begin when they are still babies. I remember one day my cat had kitten. This was my intent because I wanted kittens, but only one litter. So, I mated her with a beautiful gray and white tabby from down the street. She had beautiful kittens. We gave them all away except one.
When she had her babies, she taught them certain things. I would watch as she taught them how and where to hide from danger. As I rounded the corner one day, they did not know who or what was approaching. I watched as they all ran to a lawn mower and hid inside. When I tapped the mower, they made no sound. Based on the way the mower was placed, nothing, or no one would have known they were there nor were they making any noise. An animal would have never been able to get to them.
Of course, when I realized the danger they may be in if my husband or sons tried to start the mower without realizing they could be inside, I turned it upside down and made sure everyone knew to check before doing anything.
There are hundreds of articles on the Internet offering tips on how to train kittens. If your desire is to have them trained for specific purposes, it is indeed possible. However, they are so cute in their natural state, leaving them alone and letting them do as they please is so much more interesting.
One suggestion however, if you wish to train them to assure your house remains in tact, have a little teeny, tiny ‘switch’. Tap them when they do not respond as you wish then reward them with a snack, a hug or kiss when they do as you wish, you will definitely have a well adjusted, sweet as a button pet.