Our Favorite Tips to Train a Kitten
Our Favorite Tips to Train a Kitten

Tips to Train Your Kitten for a Lifetime of Good Behaviour

Bringing a new kitten into your home is an exciting time for any pet lover. As your furry little bundle of joy grows and develops, it's important to remember that proper kitten training is essential for its physical and behavioural well-being. In the crucial growing years, a kitten's brain is like a sponge, absorbing information and learning new skills at an incredible speed. With proper guidance and loving touch, you can ensure that your kitten grows into a well-adjusted, happy, and healthy family member. This blog post will share tips to train your kitten and provide them with the best possible start in life.

Tips to train your kitten

As a new kitten parent, it's important to understand that kitten training should be a fun and positive experience for you and your furry friend. You can teach your kitten everything from basic commands to good manners with patience, consistency, and a few simple tips. Here are some of our top tips for training your kitten:


  1. Teach important commands

    Teaching your kitten to sit is the first step in training. Start by holding a treat in front of their nose and slowly moving it up and over their head. As they look up to follow the treat, their bottom should naturally lower to the ground. As soon as they sit, say 'sit' and give them the treat. Repeat this process several times a day until they understand the command.

  2. A place to call their own

    Crate training is an excellent way to provide your kitten with a safe and comfortable space to call their own. Start by placing a soft blanket and a few toys inside the crate. Let your kitten explore the crate on their own and reward them with treats and praise when they go inside. Over time, you can start closing the door for short periods and gradually increase the duration.

  3. Exploring the world around them

    Socialization is an important part of kitten training. Start by introducing your kitten to friends, family, and other pets. Take your fur baby on short car rides and expose it to sights, sounds, and smells. The more it is exposed to different people, animals, and environments, the more confident and well-adjusted it will be as an adult.

  4. Playtime is important!

    Training your kitten to play with toys is a great way to stimulate it mentally and physically. Start by introducing your purrfect pal to various toys and see what interests it the most. Once it is engaged, you two can indulge in fun games like fetch, chase, and tug of war.

  5. Potty training

    Litter training is an essential part of kitten training. Start by placing your kitten in the litter box after meals and naps. When they use the litter box, reward them with treats and praises. Be sure to clean the box regularly and keep it in a quiet, accessible location.

  6. Dining etiquette for kittens

    Teaching your kitten proper feeding etiquette is important for its overall health and wellbeing. Start by teaching them to eat from a bowl and not to beg at the table. Be consistent with their feeding schedule and monitor their weight to ensure they receive full nutrition.

  7. Make them recognize their name

    Teaching kittens to recognize their name is an important step in training. Start by calling their name and rewarding them with treats and praises when they respond. Be consistent with their name and use them as much as possible.

    Overall, training your kitten is an ongoing process that requires patience and consistency. Remember to use positive and reward-based training methods. And most importantly, have fun! Make sure to give your kitten lots of love, praises, and treats as they learn and grow.


Our Favorite Tips to Train a Kitten
Our Favorite Tips to Train a Kitten
Our Favorite Tips to Train a Kitten

Frequently asked questions

  1. Are kittens easy to train?
  2. It is possible to train kittens, but it may be more difficult than training older cats. Kittens are playful and easily distracted, which can make training more challenging. Additionally, their developing brains may not fully understand certain commands or behaviors. However, with patience and consistency, kittens can learn basic commands and behaviors such as using a litter box and responding when called. It's important to start training and socializing kittens early to ensure they grow into well-behaved adult cats.


  3. What is the best age to train a kitten?
  4. The best age to train a kitten is around 8-12 weeks old. At this age, kittens are more receptive to learning and are less likely to have developed bad habits. It is also important to consult with a veterinarian before starting any training to ensure the kitten is healthy and ready for training.


  5. How do you bond with your kitten?
  6. To bond with your kitten, you can spend quality time with it. Indulge in activities like playing, grooming, and cuddling. Establishing a consistent routine and providing it with proper socialization, training, and medical care is also important to have a healthy relationship with your kitty. Consult with your veterinarian for specific recommendations.


  7. How do you tell your kitten a 'No'?
  8. To tell your kitten a "no", use a firm, but not harsh tone and gently redirect its behavior. Consistency and positive reinforcement for good behavior can also help kittens understand what is and is not acceptable. Consult with a veterinarian or animal behaviorist for additional guidance.


  9. How long does it take to train a kitten?
  10. It typically takes several months to train a kitten. Consistency and patience are key as kittens have short attention spans and may not fully understand commands until they are around 6 months old. Working with a veterinarian or professional trainer is important to ensure that proper training techniques are used.


  • Understanding Kitten Food Product Codes
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    Understanding Kitten Food Product Codes

    Understanding and learning how to decipher kitten food product codes will help you choose the right kitten food. While selecting the right ingredients is important, making sure those ingredients are fresh is just as vital to your young cat. Learn how to read the product codes of kitten food packages and cans with our handy guide.


    What Is a Product Code?

    A product code is a series of numbers and letters printed on the outer package of each product a manufacturer produces. This code provides information about when and where the kitten food was made.

    As part of the product code, IAMS™ products include a “Best Used By” date, or the date at which the product is no longer considered fresh and should no longer be sold. This date is expressed in “ddmmyy” and “ddmmmyy” formats.

    The second line of the product code represents company internal information for use in traceability and inventory control.

    Line 1: (ddmmyy) (ddmmmyy)

    Example: 040220 04FEB20

    Line 2: 60351111## QQQQQQQ

    This product should be used before February 4, 2020.

    Depending on the production line, pouch products* may have code date information in a single or double line. By recognizing and understanding these codes, customers can make sure they are receiving a fresh product.


    What Is Shelf Life?

    Shelf life is the duration, measured in months, during which a properly stored kitten food product maintains its freshness. This means if a product has a 16-month shelf life, it is fresh for up to 16 months from the date of manufacture.

    The shelf life for IAMS dry kitten foods is 16 months. All canned formulas have a shelf life of 24 months.


    How to Properly Store Dry and Wet Kitten Food

    Unopened dry kitten food products are best stored off the floor in a cool, dry place. Open bags of kitten food should be stored in a clean, dry container with a tight seal. Dry kitten food products may also be frozen without loss of nutrients.

    Opened wet kitten food products are best kept refrigerated in tightly sealed containers for no more than three days after the container has been opened. Wet products should not be frozen in unopened cans. However, wet kitten foods can be frozen if removed from the container, packed in freezer containers and frozen immediately.

    *IAMS has no kitten pouch products at this time.

    Understanding Kitten Food Product Codes