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Teaching A Kitten His Name?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I have a kitten thats about 10 weeks old and i was just wondering how we start teaching him to know his name?
post #2 of 15
Talk to him all the time, and use his name. What is his name?

Play a lot of interactive Games with him and use his name all the time. When he leaps after the string or ball say Kitty,(Use his name of course) that was wonderful! Wow, Kitty!

When he's giving and getting lovins, say Aw,,,Kitty you're such a sweet Kitty Mommie loves her Kitty. Kitty you have such a nice purr...

When you put his food down say here's your supper Kitty. Are you hungry Kitty?

etc.

post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by otto View Post

When he's giving and getting lovins, say Aw,,,Kitty you're such a sweet Kitty Mommie loves her Kitty. Kitty you have such a nice purr...
I agree, just keep repeating the name and he'll soon catch on. Mine know their names and nicknames from hearing it all the time.
post #4 of 15
It's best if they have a different sounding name from other cats in their home. Repeating it often does help them learn. I have 10 cats and they will all come to their own names. Well....most of the time!
post #5 of 15
Sometimes it helps, too, if the cat's name starts with a hard consonant as they (and other animals) seem to catch that better than a soft consonant. I made that mistake with one cat and poor Hissy answers to anything that vaguely resembles her name. Most of the rest come to their names, including the semi-reral tom; the feral one only comes close when I send out the generic call of Cats cats!! Supper (or water or ______) of course he may be an adherent to political correctness and refuses to answer to Gimpy which he was tagged with when he showed up three-legged lame a few winters ago.

As to the response time, well, that is as fast as the amount of effort you put into using the name
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
Lol thank you everyone, we kind of figured that out already so we try and say the name around him alot .. He already knows the sound of the Temptations and runs whenever we shake it

His moms name is Truffles and we decided to name him Peeko

So just continue to use his name a alot around him ?

-He doesnt seem to like petting that much yet, but it looks like its starting to grow on him lol
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
And heres a picture of the litter stinker himself at about 8 weeks !

post #8 of 15
If shouting his name is followed my treats and cuddles, he'll get the hang of it. That said, I can stand in the kitchen and shout 'Tooooaster oven, come warm my bread!' using the same tone that I'd use to shout 'Meeeeeeeepy, come get some kibbles!' and get pretty much the same response.
post #9 of 15
Mine are funny, sometimes they come to their names, other times not.

They do know when they are in trouble. I try my hardest to keep them out of our basement due to our sump pump. I am petrified that one will fall in.

Does anyone else have that issue?
post #10 of 15
The more you use his name, the sooner he will know it. Whether or not he listens to you is up to him
post #11 of 15
Most times food is a big motivator. When every your feed or give a treat, use the kitten's name to call them. When you pick up, pet, etc. - use the kitten's name.

When breeding rexes, whenever I picked up a kitten I used his/her name to talk to them - by the time they were a month old or so, they would usually look at you when you called their names.

My guys know their names and if you call the wrong name - they ignore you.
post #12 of 15
I wonder if there is a certain sound to the name that kittens will respond to.

My one kittens name is Baylen and she will not come for that name whatsoever.

If I call BayBay...she is right there.

Aberdeen will come every time for her name and Meatloaf...would you come for that? That was my daughter's choice for a name. I call her Ms. Loaf.
post #13 of 15
I've done this many, many times. Just keep repeating the name, esp. when looking at the cat, making eye contact.

I've had stray kittens since Sunday. Two are already learning their names (though, once I find out their sexes, the names will change!).
post #14 of 15
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Aberdeen will come every time for her name and Meatloaf...would you come for that? That was my daughter's choice for a name. I call her Ms. Loaf.
Boots answered to Olive Loaf. She really liked olive loaf.

I've read that cats respond best to 'eeeeeeee' sounds in their names. Personally, I think it has more to do with the way you pronounce it.. Thinking of it like music, if you typically call their name for the same number of beats, that seems to work. Meepy answers to "Meeeepeeeey" better than she does to a quick "MPY!"
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by TigerOnTheProwl View Post
The more you use his name, the sooner he will know it. Whether or not he listens to you is up to him
Great point! Cats are endowed with "selective" listening!
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