Cat training is a reality. Yes i know many people believe cats cannot be trained because unlike dogs they are independent animals. but with a little patience, they can actually learn new behaviour quite easily.
there are many reasons you may want to train your cat and I will cover the main ones here and on adjoining pages in lore detail.
There are two main benefits:
Now because our furry friends don’t understand English (although I personally think they do learn some of the language, even if only at the most basic level), to be able to train your cat to do anything, we must find out how they learn to do things their way.
Cats learn by experience. If it’s a good experience like sharpening their claws on that nice new chair they will do it again. If it’s a bad one, like burning their whiskers on a candle they won’t do it again.
There are two main methods of training.
So our first lesson is to realize, that to get our cats to do or not to do something, we have to make the experience either a bad one or a good one.
using your cats favourite treats is a good way of getting their attention and rewarding good behaviour getting a treat is a pleasurable experience for your cat and one they want to repeat often.
So by associating a good response such as sitting or coming when they are called with receiving a treat will ensure that you get this response every time.
Remember the golden rule. Treat and praise good behaviour. Never react to bad behaviour.
Making sure that from the very first day that you bring your cat home you provide only a positive environment for your cat to live in. Will help to avoid behaviours which can cause problems such as scratching furniture, cat urine puddles and walking on food surfaces. Here are three things to keep in mind:
Never shout at your cat for doing a wrong thing. They just won’t understand and will in fact only make them more anxious.
Create a cat positive environment.
Make sure your cat does not get bored.
A bored or neglected cat can be a destructive cat. Give them toys to play with and your undivided attention at least once every day.
Using a clicker to train your cat to perform a certain behaviour can be a really useful tool.
the clicker works by associating the sound of the clicker with a positive response such as receiving a treat. You then associate the clicker and the treat with a particular behaviour like sitting down or rolling over.
Eventually the cat will learn that the sound of the clicker requires them to perform that behaviour and that they will get a treat. Or course clicker training can be used in an advanced way to get your cat to perform lots of fun tricks too.
To find out more about clicker training for your cat click here.
So why would you need cat training techniques?
Issues can arise where a cat owner may want to try and change the cats behavior. Sometimes it's because the cat is doing something we don't like, sometimes its to get the cat used to certain situations. Issues like:
There are times when cat training is needed just to keep your cat safe.
Of course you may simply want to wow your friends with some tricks that your super intelligent cat can perform. Cats can enjoy these too as they are interacting with you and getting some tasty treats too.
Remember though everything in moderation and don't ask your cat to do anything which could hurt or injure them.