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2015 Event Archive

Kittengarten Classes!
Prepare Your Kitten for a Lifetime of Good Behavior

Paula Garber of LIFELINE Cat Behavior Solutions will be teaching a series of three Kittengarten Classes to help kitten owners and kitten foster volunteers socialize and train kittens. Don’t own a kitten? No problem! If you own an adult cat or are thinking about adopting a kitten, come learn the training techniques and help socialize the kittens in class. Kittens will learn to:

  • Love the cat carrier and car rides
  • Enjoy handling and common veterinary procedures
  • Feel confident and secure around other kittens, adult cats, cat-friendly dogs, and all types of people
  • Faithfully use the litter box
  • Sit, come, target, and walk on a harness
  • Happily tolerate nail trimming and tooth brushing
  • … and more!

The hour-long classes will be held on three consecutive Sundays in April. Individuals may register for one, two, or three classes. If you are registering with a kitten, it is highly recommended that you attend all three classes so you and your kitten get the most out of the experience. Kittens who attend both of the hands-on classes (Classes 2 and 3) will be awarded a diploma in recognition of their achievement!

Curriculum at a Glance:

Sunday, April 3, 1-2 pm CANCELED
Class 1—Presentation: Kitten Training and Socialization Techniques
This is a humans-only class—kittens will not attend.
In this class you will learn the training and socialization techniques that will be used in the “hands-on” classes. It is highly recommended that all kitten owners/handlers attend this class in preparation for working with their kittens in Classes 2 and 3. Anyone interested in learning the training and socialization techniques may also register for this class. Tips for applying the techniques to adult cats will be provided.

Sunday, April 10, 1-2 pm
Class 2—Kitten Training and Socialization 101
Kittens will be trained to sit and target and will be desensitized to typical handling procedures during a veterinary exam, to receiving mock injections, and to having their claws trimmed. They will also learn to wear a harness and leash, and will have the opportunity to play with other kittens, be handled by different people, and be exposed to a friendly adult cat and a cat-friendly dog. Anyone wishing to help socialize the kittens may also register for this class.

Sunday, April 17, 1-2 pm
Class 3—Kitten Training and Socialization 201
Kittens will be trained to come when called and walk on a harness and leash. They will also be desensitized to receiving pills and liquid medications, and to having their teeth brushed. Kittens will have the opportunity to play with other kittens, be handled by different people, and be exposed to a friendly adult cat. Anyone wishing to help socialize the kittens may also register for this class.

Location:

Mount Kisco Veterinary Clinic
474 Lexington Ave.
Mount Kisco, NY
Map and directions

Eligibility Requirements:
Kittens must be between 6 and 14 weeks of age as of class time, and a health certificate signed by a veterinarian is required.

Requested Donation:
$10 per class (to attend 1 or 2 of the classes)
$25 for all three classes
Proceeds will benefit FurBridge and the cats at Yonkers Animal Shelter.

To Register:
Call (914) 935-7938 or email paula@lifelinecatbehavior.com