Can a kitten be "trained" if early enough ?
Hi, I am going to foster a siamese kitten from a shelter, she is about 7 or 8 weeks old I am guessing. Animal Care does not know her age.
I did not want a siamese because of the crying, I just lost my dog who cried all the time and while it was so cute with him, I really want quiet. Ha.
This kitten stood out because she was the only one not crying in her cage. I decided to give her a chance and see if I could get her home and teach her not to cry. I had read they cry for attention and if you do not give into them they will learn to stop. Of course I gave into my dog all the time and I knew I shouldn't but he was an old rescue and I figured at his age he should be spoiled rotten. Now that I am getting a youngster I am hoping I will not give into their every desire. lol
I am also concerned about her stratching up my furniture and I do not like the idea of declawing and asked my vet about it. She said they can be trained to use the post with catnip and something to play with around it.
I had dogs the last 20 years and did grow up with cats and remember my mother having all her furniture covered and the furniture ripped to shreds underneath.
I do not want that, I cannot afford new furniture and like what I have.
I thought long and hard about this and discussed all my concerns with the people at AC too. That is when they told me about the foster program and said I could bring her back if it does not work out. I have never returned a rescue to Animal Control where they put them down so I am trying to make the right decision before I take her.
She was quiet as a mouse and I am hoping there is some way to keep her that way since she is so young and has no bad habits yet.
Is there a way to train a young kitten like this or will her nature just take over ? Does anyone have a quiet siamese ?