Well we have all heard of puppy classes which educate new puppy owners on how to raise their puppy successfully, but did you know that there are classes like this for your feline friends.
Kitten classes provide an opportunity to comprehensively educate you about your growing cat’s behaviour and health needs in 2 or 3 fun-filled sessions. Classes help dispel the myth that cats can’t be trained. Kitten Classes teach you how to shape the behaviours you want from your cat at home.
Kitten classes set the stage for avoiding common behaviour and medical problems. They create realistic expectations by educating you about normal cat behaviour, provide information about necessary home and veterinary care, and allow time to address questions from previous classes.
Kittenhood is a critical age for socialization. Kitten classes allow kittens to play together and to be exposed to people of different ages and genders. Such exposure, with positive reinforcement, helps the kitten better adapt to all possible changes that may occur in the family and home environment, setting the stage for a lifetime without fear of noises, people, places, and experiences.
Kitten classes also allow identification of emerging problems so that they can be addressed as soon as they arise.
You will be taught veterinary maintenance procedures, such as tooth brushing, checking and grooming. Early detection of health problems allows for early treatment and minimal patient discomfort.
Participating kittens gain confidence as they travel regularly in the car, play with other kittens and toys, and broaden their life experiences.
Because the sensitive period in kittens is shorter than in puppies, classes are open only to kittens from 7 to 14 weeks of age. If you have an older kittens or adult cat most classes will welcome you without your cat as you can also learn how to socialize kittens and prevent problems at home.
Class sizes are limited 3 to 8 kittens to allow for effective socialization and training. Kittens should have received at least one vaccine at least 10 days prior to the first class, first deworming, and negative results of a recent FeLV/FIV test** Owners of kittens with upper respiratory tract infection, FeLV, FIV, or other contagious conditions (apart from ringworm) are welcome without their kittens.
** Please see our information on FeLV/FIV Testing