Started - Teaching house rules
Caught in the act!
If the kitten
is "caught in the act" of being on the kitchen table, try this
strategy: See if you can make the table the problem! Creep
silently underneath the table and pound up on the bottom of it
with your fist.
Another strategy to try is
making the table rock back and forth. This interrupts the fun
and makes the kitten suspicious of the noisy or rocking table.
CAUTION: Your goal is to startle only - not create fear or
If your kitten
jumps off the table - stops any unwanted behavior - crouch low
and softly praise and call the kitten to you and provide extra
loving attention. Be the good guy who's there to protect your
kitten. It's helpful if you keep treats and toys in your pocket
for these teachable moments. It's hard for a kitten to resist
chasing a string.
Late Socialization: 9 to 16 weeks old
Vigorous exploration of the environment and climbing.
(2004). Feline Behavior Guidelines.