Dealing with Kitten Issues
Spraying and/or urinating outside the litter box (dealing with friendly fire)
Kittens will urinate outside of the litter box for a variety of reasons. If they are still learning, if they are sick, or if their litter box is particularly dirty. If you suspect your kitten may be ill, take it to the vet immediately. Male kittens spray to mark their territory, particularly if they aren't neutered before their hormones develop fully. Spraying is characterized by a particularly pungent-smelling urine odor.
- Use non-herbal vinegar, vodka or an enzymatic cleaner to clean up accidents. Do not use an ammonia-based household cleaner as ammonia imitates urine, inviting further misuse of the area.
Scratching furniture and/or carpet (handling environmental sabotage)
Try buying the kitten a scratching post. Make sure this post is coated with some other material than carpet. (Otherwise, you could be training your kitten to regard carpeting as an appropriate scratching material.) Location is very important. If your kitten is not using the scratching post, try placing it in a more central location.
Put a row of double-sided sticky tape on drapes or furniture. (Test a small strip beforehand to ensure that the tape will come off cleanly.) Kittens hate the feel of the sticky tape on their paws and should learn to avoid the area.
Jumping on tables (illegal border-crossing or enemy-territory incursions)
Put double-sided sticky tape on tables or any other place you want your kitten to avoid. Cats hate the feel of the tape on their paws and should learn to avoid the area.
Hairballs (repelling hair-borne invaders)
Regularly brushing your kitten will remove dead hair and help reduce the chances of hairballs. Although some kittens may still require the use of a commercially available hairball remedy or a high-in-fiber preventative diet. (See your veterinarian about the appropriate treatment.)
Bath time (avoiding international incidents)
Cats do not need to be bathed very often. In order to make the occasional bath easier to handle, consider trimming your kitten's nails first. Or place an old window screen in the tub or sink; the kitten will dig its claws into the screen, not you. Also, gently wet your kitten using a cup instead of using a running faucet or sprayer. And be sure to use shampoo made specifically for cats.
Chewing on Electrical Cords (dealing with industrial sabotage)
Coat the cord with nail-biting nail polish. If that doesn't work, add in some cayenne pepper or hot pepper sauce. Chewing on electrical cords can be deadly for your kitten, so be sure to take this behavior seriously.
Plants (coping with biological warfare)
Put clove oil on the dirt around your plants. This will teach your kitten not to dig there.
Mist plant leaves with water and then sprinkle with a small amount of cayenne pepper. Or spray with a product like Bitter Apple (available from your local store).
Some common household plants may be toxic to pets. A few of the most common plants that are dangerous for cats are: Aloe Vera, Azalea, Dieffenbachia, Poinsettia and most species of Ivy.
For a comprehensive list of plants that are toxic to cats, visit www.catsoftherevolution.com.
Visit Your Veterinarian
As always, for any persistent problems or questions, be sure to visit your veterinarian. Your veterinarian plays a key role in the prevention of disease and maintenance of good health throughout the life of your cat. Be sure to ask about the benefits of year-round protection with REVOLUTION®(selamectin).
Revolution is generally well-tolerated. In studies, <1% of cats and dogs experienced digestive upset. Approximately 1% of cats experienced temporary hair loss at the application site. Do not use in sick, weak or underweight animals.