Training Your Pet Cat

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How To Go About Training Your House Cat

There are many people who are skeptical about adopting a cat as they feel that cats cannot be trained. Unlike dogs they definitely do not exhibit follower behavior as much but they definitely can be trained to respond to your calls and orders. As you have seen tigers on circus grounds respond to trainers, so do their little furry counterparts in our home. When you are about to start training your pet, remember the basic rules:

  • No matter what you are training them for, accompany every accomplishment with praise
  • When they get something right, reward them with food

Behavioral Traits To Know

There are certain behavioral traits that are different in cats than dogs. One needs to be aware of these traits before they go about training their pet:

  • You need to avoid direct correction when you are training your cat. This is unlike dog training. Dogs are by nature pack animals. They are used to being dominated by a higher member of the pack or an owner. Cats on the other hand, are solitary predators.
  • When you show hostility towards them, they will avoid you or attack you
  • The best way to get your cat trained is to reward them with their best food items every time they exhibit the desired behavior

Responding To Calls

Many house owners wonder whether their cat will ever respond to their calls. However, trained cats do and it is easy to train them to respond to their name. Even if you do not take your cat outside, this simple feline etiquette should not be too hard for the cat to master.

  • Decide what you are going to call him first. It could be “kitty kitty” or it could be some other name.
  • It is advisable that you choose a name that ends with the “ee” sound. In order to make them associate their name with themselves, you can mention their name before you reward them with a special food item or when setting down a bowl of meal for them

Controlling The Scratching Behavior

Most cats come with a destructive scratching behavior. Such a behavior can also be controlled and trained easily.

  • Get a proper scratching post for your cat and direct their scratching tendencies to it. It is instinctual as is using the litter box.
  • You need to know what kind of a scratching post would be appealing to a cat. It should be at least thirty inches tall and made of sisal rope or soft wood. It should be mounted on a base that is untippable and stable. It is easy to design one yourself or you can obtain such a post from the pet store.
  • You can train him to scratch on this post alone and praise him or her profusely when they do it. That way, their scratching behavior can be controlled.

For more information on training, one can look up online resources. 

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