Kitten Update - Milo's scratch-post training

@boiboing (12198)
Northampton, England
March 19, 2017 2:12pm CST
The breeder from whom we're getting our new kittens is a woman of very high standards. Her kittens will not go to their new homes until they've had their first two sets of inoculations, beem microchipped, and learned to use a litter box and a scratch post. She's also now calling them by their names so that they'll be used to them when they arrive. A few days ago I happened to mention on facebook (we're friends on there) that my boy cat Bagheera had walked across the room, up to his scratch post, and then given his claws a work out on the carpet IN FRONT of the post. I mentioned that I hoped little Milo would be able to give his uncle some lessons in scratch post etiquette. Yesterday the breeder's daughter updated us with a video of all four kittens playing (Milo was getting beaten up by a girl kitten!) and a photo of him and his sister at the scratch post. I'm impressed. He's only 5 weeks old and he's getting the hang of it. In the photo you see Milo telling the post that he's the post, whilst sister Daisy sits in front, ignoring him. With the kittens so far away, it's lovely to get regular updates on how they are doing.
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@JolietJake (51020)
• United States
19 Mar 17
Scar has adopted one of my unused carpeted (felt) speaker cabinets as 'his'. Works out fine for both of us.
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
19 Mar 17
scar is one smart cat he figures out things on his own
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
19 Mar 17
great photos really cute and well trained the lady must be really good at her job y ou will have well trained kittens now
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@boiboing (12198)
• Northampton, England
19 Mar 17
She scared me. If she'd looked at me in the right way I think I'd have been at the scratching post, trying to keep her happy.
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• Greece
19 Mar 17
I would be surprised if a cat only ever used his scratch post - there is too much temptation in the home even for a well trained kitten. Curiosity cannot be trained out of a cat. The best you could hope for is that he will prefer the post to the furniture. But good luck with him.
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@boiboing (12198)
• Northampton, England
19 Mar 17
My two current cats don't scratch furniture - but Bagheera likes carpet and Dora likes door frames.
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• Greece
22 Mar 17
@boiboing Two of mine like the Lazy Boy recliners, which were rather expensive and are showing signs of cat attack.
@Ronrybs (7301)
• London, England
19 Mar 17
Handsome little moggies. My cat used the scratching post as well as the armchair and the rug. I've given up worring about it!
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@boiboing (12198)
• Northampton, England
19 Mar 17
The first cats I had destroyed a lot of my furniture but luckily I had them at a time when I didn't have much worth worrying about. Later cats have been much better behaved.
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@silvermist (20107)
• India
19 Mar 17
@boiboing That is good that they will be trained when they come to you.They are cute.
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@boiboing (12198)
• Northampton, England
19 Mar 17
I think they might be standing to attention and saluting after another two months with the breeder.
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@Tampa_girl7 (25387)
• United States
20 Mar 17
What a precious photo. I have had bad luck getting my cats to use a scratching post
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• United States
19 Mar 17
I'm glad that the breeder is keeping you updated on your little ones. They are so adorable and Milo looks happy at the scratching post.
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@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
20 Mar 17
They're so adorable! I'm sure you can't wait to get them home!
@garymarsh6 (13506)
• United Kingdom
20 Mar 17
They look cute. I love the colour!
@Jessicalynnt (47789)
• Centralia, Missouri
20 Mar 17
lol, the carpet in front of the post eh, hehe!
@LadyDuck (151920)
• Switzerland
20 Mar 17
The cat of my neighbor is using our gazebo as a scratch post and I cannot say that I appreciate this. The two kittens are lovely.
@dwstory (1082)
• Roseburg, Oregon
20 Mar 17
Those are really cute kittens. I love cats and we have one.
20 Mar 17
Oh, so cute!
@JudyEv (121037)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar 17
It's great that you're getting regular updates on 'your' kittens. I bet you can't wait to take delivery.
@CRK109 (14465)
• United States
20 Mar 17
Kittens just make my heart melt. I can watch them for hours!
@allknowing (63226)
• India
20 Mar 17
Good to have a well trained cat brought home.
• United States
19 Mar 17
K assumed the y just knew how to use it.
@Corbin5 (102964)
• United States
19 Mar 17
Those two are adorable!!! What fun you will have with those two cuties!! Hooray for Milo!
@JohnRoberts (54263)
• Los Angeles, California
19 Mar 17
Such cute kittens!
@snowy22315 (45515)
• United States
19 Mar 17
So cute, my cat is Milo He never uses a scratching post, sadly..but he doesn't claw as much as some cats do Thankfully.