Training A Kitten To Learn Its Name
Training a kitten to learn its name is relatively easy.
It does take patience, and some kittens will be slower to learn than others. But as long as you follow some basic rules and persevere, you'll get there. By the way, all the same principles apply for teaching an adult cat its name.
The benefits of training a kitten to respond positively to her name include:
How To Teach Your Kitten Her Name
1) Choose a good name
Some names are easier for kittens to learn than others, and there are practical considerations too. For advice on the do's and don'ts of choosing names for cats and kittens, click here.
Say your kitten's name over and over when she's having a nice time - for example when you're playing with her, petting her or when she's eating or contentedly curled up in front of the fire. She'll start to recognize her name and associate it with nice experiences. Try to keep the same tone to your voice, so the sounds she hears are as consistent as possible.
Call her name as you're preparing her food at mealtimes. Make a fuss of her when she arrives and carry on petting her and saying her name as she eats her food.
Call her over when she's not right beside you. Have a little treat to hand and give it to her when she comes to you. Obviously you don't want her getting a weight problem (!) so once she's started coming to you when you call, don't give her a treat every time. But do make sure you make a big fuss of her.
This is really important. Kitty must associate her name with positive experiences if she's to respond favorably to it. The last thing you want is to be calling a cat that's gone missing, who can hear you but is too scared to show herself in case she gets into trouble...
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