Training with the Wisdom of the Dharma ∞
A Growing Personality
in the Way of The Heart
“One is a growing personality one’s entire life, and therefore one should live in a culture of elders, a culture of wisdom, in which everybody is treated as a growing personality, one’s reactions are observed, and one is drawn out of them. When you notice that an individual has been startled and made reactive by something that may have intruded upon him or her, you must learn how to reattract the person – adult or child – physically, mentally, and emotionally into the relationtional environment, the universal pattern of existence.” 
What is true for a growing human personality, is also true for a growing kitty personality [and 90 percent of the sheer fun of kitties is the truth that they have their own little personality!]. When you notice that your kitty is startled and reacts by avoiding you, you must find a way to draw kitty back to your circle of love. Fortunately kitties are forgiving creatures. Use these training approaches:
A Soft touch
Take note of the feel of a kitten’s tounge when he/she licks your hand. That is the appropriate pressure to apply when handling and training your precious fur ball. Kitty is a small little thing and needs a light touch.
As you train your kitten, use tender sounds and consistent language to draw her/him to you.
- “Here kitty, kitty” spoken quickly means FOOD
- “Good kitty,” means jump up on the kitty furniture and get a snack
- “Kitty go out? Kitty go out?” means I’m heading to the door to let you outside.
- “Precious kitty,” means turn your chin up and I’ll scratch you ears.
When kitty is doing things you don’t want her to do, use a strong, growling voice to say “Bad Cat” and “No.” Before long kitten will understand and respond to your bidding — although adult cats are not as biddable, they do understand the negative:
- “Bad Cat,” means stop right now – as in stop scratching the curtains.
- “NO,” means stay away – as in stay away from my glass and stop putting your nose in my drink.
Maddie Bell and Nosey Nell, well-trained kittens, were adopted from A.R.F. in Wimberley.
Well trained kittens are a blessing!