Energetic kittens can be a handful to deal with. They’re full of energy and can dash around the house. Training kittens, as a result, isn’t easy but necessary as a rambunctious kitten can quickly wipe out any patience you have left. In this piece, we’ll go over some strategies on how you can calm an energetic kitten and train them to be more at ease.
Give your kitten her own space
A kitten that’s hyper and causing trouble has to learn that the entire home isn’t its playground. This means if your kitten needs her own designated space to burn energy in. You can do this by finding a space in the house that can be somewhat cordoned off but also large enough for your kitten to dash around in. It’s good to kitten proof the space so there’s nothing dangerous that can either physically hurt them or anything they can chew off and accidentally swallow. Grab a few toys to throw into the space so your kitten has things to play with. Some other useful items to include in this place are a scratching post, litter box, and some food and water for your kitten.
Keep your kitten entertained
The second thing to do is designate time to keep your kitten entertained. Think of this as your kitten’s exercise time where you can engage with it and burn away all that extra energy your kitten has. Some great activities where you as a pet owner can take part in is by helping your kitten learn to climb posts, jump, stalk and chase items around. It’s good to schedule these sessions as short but numerous throughout the day, this’ll help coincide with your kittens nap sessions. Use various toys to help engage your kitten such as wands with feathers, or stuffed mice that you can drag around. Remember to always conclude each activity so that your kitten wins. For example, let your kitten chase around the stuffed mice but ensure at some point it can pounce and catch its prey.
Start each session with a warmup where you slowly build up the level of engagement in your kitten. An example of this is to start with slow movements involving your kitten’s toys which increases in speed as the session goes along. It’s also important to let your kitten cool down towards the end of the session. Similar to warming up, start to slow things down and disengage from the activities. Use toys such as a boll that your kitten can start to self play with at its own pace.
When a session comes to an end, all that energy burned needs to be recuperated and so it’s a good time to feed your kitten. Adding to this is a nice meal will trigger a nice long nap for your kitten. A session late at night, for example, is a great way to get your kitten to fall asleep when you do instead of being hyper at night and causing a ruckus.
Offer puzzle toys
Puzzle toys are another great way to calm your kitten and burn some of that extra energy in them. These toys are also cognitively challenging and help with your kitten’s development. The toys are great in that it requires motor coordination, problem solving, and typically involve a reward as a treat when the puzzle is solved. It allows your kitten to be stimulated and engaged without an active involvement on your end. These toys also help follow the same cadence where after they work through the puzzle toy and become tired, they’re also full of food and naturally will fall into a nice long nap.
Play music that’s soothing
Soothing music has also been shown to help cats with calming down. There are plenty of varieties on YouTube that you can look up and play at a low volume. This music will help quash any anxiety or fear your kitten may have, and help them be less restless throughout the day.
They’re also a great thing to play after a session of activities to help them calm down and fall into a nap.
Scratching posts, perching, and window view
Kittens love to jump up and down scratching posts, perch on window sills, and spend countless hours watching people. If you’ve got a window facing a busy street then nothing beats giving your kitten front-seat to the action. The constant movement and sounds will keep them engaged for a while until they are mentally exhausted and fall asleep. This is a good alternative to the more physically demanding ways of calming an energetic kitten listed earlier.
A friend to play with
Finally, another strategy that’s harder but effective is giving your kitten a buddy to place with. This can be other kittens they’re comfortable with and know, and even older cats though not too old that they’d like to be left alone and can get annoyed at an overtly active kitten. If a kitten has a companion that it can grow up with then this situation is perfect and they’ll keep each other engaged throughout the day without needing much help from you.
Kittens, just like young humans, will be chock full of energy and life. It’s a beautiful period in their life before there a full grown furry adult that spends 20 hours of its day napping and never wants to play with you. Because of this, treasure the hyper activity while you can and use it to spend more time with your feline friend. Just remember, kittens and cats in general are fiesty predators and sometimes playtime can start to blur with hunting. If your kitten ever starts scratching or biting you then it’s time to disengage and not encourage the behavior. Especially at a young age, acts such as this can stick and be hard to train out as your kitten gets older.