Goals:

  • Relaxation while grooming
  • Acclimate kittens to the veterinary office
  • Instruction and demonstration of clicker use
  • Teach kittens that carriers and car rides are positive experiences
  • Question and answer about behavior and misbehavior
  • Practical home concerns
  • Grooming
  • Litter box 101
  • Appropriate scratching

Week one:

  • Why come to kitty kindergarten?
  • Pass the kitten (strangers touch ears and paws)
  • Learn and practice nail trimming
  • Teach kittens to sit
  • Explain the come concept
  • Explanation of leash and harness training for those who are interested
  • Answer behavior questions

Week two:

  • Pass the kitten
  • Demonstration of good ways to enrich you kitten’s life
  • Learn how to give pills/ medication and brush your kitten’s teeth
  • Cat friendly dog will join in some play
  • Other things that can be taught with a clicker
  • Answer behavior questions

Rules:

  • Be 8 to 15 weeks old
  • Be vet checked prior to enrollment and a health certificate needs to be signed by your veterinarian
  • Have first de-worming
  • Be checked for fleas, ear mites, and ticks
  • At least 1 distemper vaccine at least 10 days prior to the first class
  • Test negative for FIV and FeLV
  • Not be sneezing, coughing or have runny eyes or nose
  • Do not feed kittens for 4 hours prior to class
  • Children are welcome and encouraged to come; however there should be one adult to supervise the kitten and one to supervise any children under the age of seven.

Equipment needed:

  • Cat carrier should be purchased well in advance and carrier training should start right away at home
  • A brush or comb– kittens will not be sharing grooming supplies
  • Treats that are small or easy to break into pieces

Equipment supplied:

  • Clicker for training
  • Disposable litter box and litter to use during class
  • Assorted toys to play with during class