10 Ways To Teach Your Cat Good Behavior
“Cats are inquisitive, but hate to admit it.” – Mason Cooley
Most people think that cats can’t be trained. Cats may not be as responsive as dogs when being trained but they can be trained to have good behavior and stop them from doing undesirable actions.
Just like dogs, cats respond well to positive reinforcement when being trained. Not only do they learn easily, but positive reinforcement also strengthens the bond between you and your pet. Here are 10 ways to teach your cat good behavior:
Start them young
Cat training is more effective when started at a young age. Kittens are not as cautious as their older versions and will be more open to changes and accept new challenges.
Use yummy treats
Food-based rewards during training is an effective tool in making your feline friend respond. Choose a treat that your kitty likes most to ensure that you’ll get her attention. With the yummy treats, verbal cues, and spoken approvals, your cat will be encouraged to perform the behavior you want to reinforce.
Train before each meal
You can use the time before every meal to teach your kitty. Cats and kittens respond better to training when they are hungry. With this method, you will surely get your cat’s attention and the power of the treats is increased. Feed kitty her regular meal after.
Remove any noise, person, or thing that can distract your cat’s attention from the on-going training. Train in a quiet place where you can both concentrate.
Keep it short
Training your kitty doesn’t have to take long as cats get bored easily. Training sessions should only be 15 minutes or less.
Consistency is key
Using the same rewards, signals and cues are essential in training your cat successfully.
Teach one skill at a time
Teaching your kitty several skills at the same time might make them confused and stressed making the training session counter-productive. Concentrate on one skill at a time to make it effective.
Avoid yelling or punishment
Punishment or yelling will get you nowhere, it may cause an even more negative behavior if you do so. You can use unpleasant association instead. Apply bitter apple on furniture your cat likes to bite or place sticky paper on places she’s not allowed.
Don’t force kitty
Never force your cat to do what you are trying to teach her. If you are teaching her to use the litter box or scratching post, don’t pick her up and make her use it unwillingly. She won’t understand it that way.
Patience is crucial
A lot of patience is needed when training a cat. Make sure that you have your cat’s attention before starting a training session. You might have to stop and start again when your kitty gets distracted. Be prepared.
There are some cat behavioral problems that can be managed through training. Teaching your cat good behavior can save you a lot of trouble and keep you in tune with what your cat needs.
- Scratching furniture
- Not using the litter box
- Excessive Meowing
Training a cat is never easy. You will need lots of patience, dedication, and love to do so. Use this time to understand and bond with each other