Training Your Cat to Make Your Life Happier
Training Your Cat to Make Your Life Happier magine that you are reprimanding your cat for scratching at the brand new furniture in your home, and that Kitty is sitting there watching at you while you are doing it. You are startled into realizing how ridiculous you appear to be and how pointless your reprimand is. So how exactly can you teach your cat to behave properly inside the house?
Every cat is capable of being trained, and their owners should provide them with at least some instruction. You will need to train your cat to use her litter box, to sharpen her claws on the scratching post instead on your couch, and to quit engaging in negative behavior when you tell her “no.” It is beneficial for cats to engage in activities that challenge their minds, such as acquiring new skills, which allows them to do “tricks.”
Cats learn in the same manner as dogs and people do, which is through engaging in activities that lead to satisfying outcomes repeatedly. Rewarding your cat whenever she behaves well is the most effective method for training her. The incentive might be a bite-sized portion of a unique cuisine or just a lot of praise from you delivered in an upbeat and enthusiastic tone of voice.
You need to catch your cat “in the act” if you want to modify their undesirable behaviour via training. If your cat likes to use your stereo speakers as a scratching post, for instance, you should wait until she is ready to dig her claws into the fabric before firmly telling her “NO.” As soon as she stops moving and looks in your direction, immediately transition to a joyful tone of voice and compliment her. Approach her with the intention of drawing her attention away from the improper thing. If she approaches you in any way, be sure to heap even more praise on her. Timing and repetition are the two most important factors in this endeavor’s success. You have to catch her when she is about to behave badly, and you have to reward her at the precise instant that she stops acting inappropriately.
Considerations to make in the event that your cat scratches your furnishings
* Recognize that your cat has a natural instinct to scratch.
* Forget punishment – it doesn’t work.
* Make sure that your cat has access to an appropriate location to scratch, such as a scratching post.
* Make sure that Kitty finds the scratching post appealing.
* Make the area where she has been scratching unappealing by using deterrents that are either physical or connected to the fragrance.
* If at all feasible, begin training cats at a young age.
It’s a good idea to keep your cat’s claws trimmed at all times.
The practice of elementary skills can be included into the normal course of play. During the time that you are teaching your cat, you should always have some snacks in your pocket. To teach your cat how to “shake hands,” first say “shake” and then touch the palm of your hand to the bottom of one of her front paws while repeating the phrase. She should be praised for allowing you to touch that area, and she should be given a reward. This should be done several times over and again. After some time, you’ll be able to place your hand on the floor in a horizontal position directly in front of her paw. Say “shake” and wait. Even if she just raises her paw toward you, you should congratulate her and offer her a reward. Slowly but surely, she’ll figure out that if she touches your palm with her paw, she can coax you into giving her a reward every time she does so. As soon as she voluntarily contacts your hand, you may gradually lift your hand off of the floor while continuing to communicate with her. Keep training fun. Put an end to the session before she loses interest, and make sure it’s on a high note by rewarding her at the very end.
You can train your cat to walk on a leash by following the same approach, which involves taking one modest step at a time. Because of this, you won’t have to worry about your cat getting away when you take her outside to get some exercise and sensory stimulation in the fresh air. Obtain a cat harness from a retailer that specializes in pet supplies. First, before you even attempt to put it on your cat, you should just let it sit next to her bed for a couple of days. After she has become accustomed to seeing and smelling it, you may begin to lightly apply it to her right before her regular lunch. Feeding her food by hand will both divert her attention away from the harness and make the experience of wearing it more enjoyable for her. Take it away once all the food has been eaten. After a few days, you should feel comfortable letting her go around the home while wearing the harness. You may let the leash dangle behind you, but you should keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t become tangled up in the furniture. When she appears to be at ease with the harness and leash, you should take hold of your end of the leash and walk beside her, allowing her to direct your steps. At some point in the future, she will happily stroll by you, at which point the two of you can travel outside.