How To Train Your Cat Easily

 


To learn how to train your cat at home, start with the simplest steps - rewarding good behavior and preventing bad behavior. But can a cat be trained in the same way as a dog? Yes and no. Because cats are very independent animals, they may seem indifferent or uninterested in engaging with you. But this does not mean that they are not trainable. You just need a little patience and understanding, and you can quickly teach commands to your kitten or elderly cat.


What do you want to train your cat?

First, decide what you - as a novice trainer - would like to train your cat, and then work towards that goal in small steps every day. However, before you start training your pet, think about what commands you will give her and what skills you want to achieve. Remember that you asked questions before: how to teach a cat to use a litter box, how to ensure its peace of mind during trips to the veterinarian, how to stop scratching carpets or furniture? These are the tasks that you will solve during training.


Each training session should be short and natural

Once you've determined which commands your cat needs to master, start training. First of all, you should consider the fact that the cat's attention span is shorter than yours. You don't have to expect that every time you train her, she will take an interest in it. Stop exercising as soon as the animal gets tired.

 Since some kittens quickly learn to use the litter box (or may have already learned before you even brought them home), this training may take very little time. But you may need to bring your cat to the litter box for a while to remind her where it is. If you are teaching a kitten to play with toys (and with you), this training should be phased. Cats prefer to master new toys on their own, and this means that your role is only one thing - not to interfere with your pet and at the same time not to leave her alone. Then, when she is familiar with a new subject, you can play with her.


Start small

If you enjoy training your cat, you can start teaching the commands right away. To be successful, it's best to teach one thing at a time. Once your cat has mastered what you teach her, you can move on to the next exercise. For example, when you bring a kitten home, you can litter train it right away. When you're done with this, start introducing the kitten to other pets, then teach him to sit quietly when you brush his fur, and so on.


Don't be limited to one territory

Once your cat has learned the command, practice it in different places in your home. If you introduce a kitten to animals already living in the house, bringing them together only in the living room, he may think that another animal lives only in this space. It's no problem if your other animal is a fish, but if a kitten meets a dog, he should understand that he can meet it anywhere else in the house.

As with the litter box, some commands must be taught in different locations throughout the home. When training your cat to the litter box, you may need multiple litter boxes. When weaning your cat from scratching carpets and furniture, you need to do it in different places in your house, as it will find such items in several rooms.


Involve other people

If only you and your cat live in the house, you do not need to worry too much about involving other people in the training process. And if you still want your cat to be sociable, shortly after you bring her home, invite friends or family members to hang out with your new pet. Remind them, however, not to show their superiority during this acquaintance. As with your short sessions, give your pet a free hand.

If you are bringing a kitten to a large family, it is imperative to involve everyone in the training process. There are many reasons the whole family should be involved in training, but most importantly, interaction and relationship building. After all, the cat will see familiar faces every day! All family members should have a clear understanding of the learning objectives and the methods you will use to be successful.


Use a reward system

Good behavior rewards are a great incentive, especially during training. There are two types of rewards for your furry friend that you can put into practice. First, know that your cat will love any praise you give. Speak in a kind, cheerful voice and remind your cat that you are proud of her. Say, "What a good kitty" and "Well done!", Stroking her fur so that she understands: these gestures mean that she did everything right.

Cats also love treats. If suddenly your pet did what you wanted from her, give her some Science Plan food . To do this, you can use the "clicker" system. When your cat completes the command correctly, turn on the tool that clicks, and then give a treat - a signal that the command is being executed correctly. If the cat hears such a click every time it performs the action correctly, it will learn how to do what you teach it to do it efficiently.


If it doesn't work

Learning does not happen overnight, and sometimes the pet will be wrong. Can you teach your cat to correct mistakes? Sure. But before you start, you must come up with a plan to correct a mistake or to get your cat on the right track when she doesn't seem to have much of an urge to do so. Punishment will not work here, because the animal simply will not understand why something is not working out for him. And because of the punishment, the cat may withdraw and just leave.

Never knock, shake your hands or use physical punishment on a kitten during training. Keep your voice calm. If the animal feels threatened by you, training will be useless and the cat will be afraid of you.

If you need to correct bad behavior (such as scratching on furniture), try making a short noise. It will not be useless if you repeat the same phrase every time: "Bam!" "Wow!" or "Meow!" The point is for your cat to be alert and distracted from what he is doing right now. Avoid words that you regularly use, such as "no!" or "hey!" as the cat can get confused when hearing them under other circumstances.

Cat training can be fun for the whole family. Be patient and kind and you will achieve your goal.



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