So Cat People, when do you start training your kitten for (or rather against) various things, when do you start to veto some of the cute kitten games which could become annoying cat habits ?
Situation - a recently acquired 2 month old male NOT our fault he was taken away from mum so little. (Miraculously already trained to use the litter tray.) He doesn’t sleep in the bedroom.
“thread rules” - he will be allowed outside within reason; he will keep the claws he was born with.
Being so little he is prone to his ‘mad five minutes’ which incude attacking carpet fringes and pulling himself along the floor using the edge of the throw hanging from the sofa for purchase. Sometimes, almost before you’ve heard him cry for attention he’s climbed up your leg (clothed or not) to waist height or higher. He can get distracted or over enthusiastic in the litter tray so some litter ends up on the floor. He quite likes trying his teeth on fingers and feet but and responds to “ow” and eases up when he gets too rough. I’m guessing these are things he’ll grow out of ?
I know that he still needs them to scramble up onto things he’ll be able to jump straight onto later but when will he master the fine art of retracting his claws ?
If we’re thinking training him to a harness and lead when should we start and how did you manage ?(this is what i found on the subject.)
Because he’s so little I find it difficult to judge how much food to put out in his bowl - I always put too much - is it very bad to leave food there for him to find at random times when he still has so much growing to do ?
Thanks for any ideas, advice or sharing of experiences. The husband and I both grew up with cats and dogs, have cat and dog sat recently but we were kids ourselves when we last had a baby one and I don’t want to create problems later by doing something stupid now.