Kitty Kindergarten

5-week class ($275)


What’s better than a room full of kittens? Help prepare your kitten for friends, family and the veterinarian in this new five-week class.

These classes address common issues that affect all cat owners such as scratching only the right things, saying “yes!” to the litterbox, and how to kitten/cat proof your home. We’ll also help your kitten learn to enjoy being handled by different people in different ways, so you’ll have a cat who enjoys being petted, picked up, and carried, and is comfortable with all kinds of people, including your veterinarian. We’ll also teach you how to train your kitten to follow basic cues, such as sit and come, and to walk on a leash. A maximum of six kittens per class ensures we offer ample personalized attention and that no kitten becomes overwhelmed during playtime.


DAYS/TIMES
Tuesdays, July 11-August 8
7:00 PM-8:00 PM
ENROLL IN KITTY KINDERGARTEN

CLASS DETAILS
• For kittens 8-20 weeks old.
• All students must have completed at least one round of vaccinations at least seven days before their first class, and must have proof of deworming and negative FIV and FeLV test results (see veterinary requirements below.)
The first class is for HUMANS ONLY; please don’t bring your kitten to the first class.
• Before the second class (the first class with kittens present), please be sure to have obtained an appropriate carrier for your kitten and a harness and leash. We recommend the Kitty Holster. If none of the sizes are small enough to fit your kitten, we recommend the Come With Me Kitty. Please note: the Kitty Holster does NOT come with a leash; you will have to purchase a leash separately.
• Kitty Kindergarten focuses primarily on proper socialization and handling techniques, and instilling good habits and behaviors, such as accepting petting and veterinary handling, traveling in a carrier, and cues such as “sit” and “come.”

MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
• The American Veterinary Medical Association states “Prior to full vaccination a common source of well-vaccinated playmates includes socialization classes and friend’s pets…. Puppies and kittens may be enrolled in a socialization class outside the home as close to 8 weeks of age as possible if there is a well-run class in the area that is held indoors.”
• The primary reason for relinquishment of pets to shelters is behavior problems, which may be avoided or ameliorated by proper socialization.
• Students must submit proof of vaccination, deworming and FIV/FeLV test results; these documents must come from a veterinarian. You can upload the necessary medical documents to your intake questionnaire. If you are unable to upload them, please email them to mary@nirvanatails.com, or bring them to the first class session.
• Kittens should not attend if they show signs of illness (when in doubt, give us a call.)
• Kittens are required to be kept up-to- date on vaccines throughout class.
• The space is cleaned daily and disinfected before each kitten class.


Mary Malloy Kitty Kindergarten
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Mary Molloy, CPDT-KA
Mary Molloy started working with the ASPCA in New York City, volunteering with the Behavior Department. Molloy began learning how to help behaviorally challenged dogs and cats. Molloy completed an internship working with the dogs rescued by the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement Division. ​In addition to Nirvana Tails, Molloy work as a per diem Animal Behavior Counselor (cats and dogs) for Adoptions Department and a Cat Behavior Counselor for the Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team at the ASPCA. Molloy is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, a Professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).