(Earns 2 CE units)
Potty problems? Inter-cat aggression? Antisocial behavior? Many people think that these are part of a cat’s nature or just something they need to accept. It turns out that these and most other cat behaviors can be prevented with early socialization and training. A few techniques applied early can change the course of a kitten’s life.
- Understand the sensitive period of socialization — what it is, why it’s important, and how appropriate experiences during this time can help you create a friendly, interactive, and sociable cat.
- Learn how to desensitize and counter-condition cats so they enjoy toenail trims, injections, and handling procedures, making treatments at home or in the hospital a breeze.
- Train cats to perform simple, but essential tricks such as sit, come, and touch their nose to a target. These tricks can be used to replace unwanted behaviors.
- Identify the components necessary for a successful kitten socialization program.