Can Your Train Your Cat
10 October, 2011
While everyone knows that dogs can be trained, can cats be trained as well? The answer is yes. You probably wouldn’t take them for a walk regularly, but some of their behavior can be trained. And, like all pets, it is best to start when they are young or as kittens.
The two basic rules that need to be followed while training your kitten towards the desirable behavior are:
- Never reprimand or punish your kitten for an unwanted behavior. This may make your cat fearful of you and the unwanted behavior will most likely continue in your absence.
2. Reward your kitten for the desired behavior. It will act as a positive reinforcement.
Cats have a natural instinct to scratch. They scratch our valuable furniture, carpets bedding, etc. To prevent them from doing so, you can place double-sided tape or masking tape at strategic places on the furniture. Cats don’t exactly relish having an object cling to their sensitive feet. And if you catch them scratching, you can pick them up and bring them to a scratching post to satisfy their scratching instincts. Or a scratch pad. Both are essential purchases.
Cats can have an excessive habit of meowing. They do so when they want to attract attention, when they are hungry or when they are bored. You can break this habit by playing regularly with your cat. If she does meow excessively, don’t pay attention to her or give her anything when she is meowing. In fact ignore her completely whenever she does so. Fulfill her needs when she is quiet. This will instill in her the desired behavior that is expected of her.
I am cute but I can be trained!
Cats are nocturnal animals and tend to sleep in the day and remain active at night. To break this habit, you can try to change the biological clock of the cat as to fit your schedule. Try not to let your cat doze off in the day (if you are home). Keep her active all day along and feed her late in the evening/early night. Or play with the cat when you get home. By following this schedule, you will deprive your cat of sleep in the day and she will catch up with her sleep during the night.
TRAIN THE KITTEN TO USE LITTERBOX
To ensure that your kitten eliminates in the proper place, you need to train and/or show your kitten how to use the litter box. . As a kitten, every time that she looks like she’s about to crouch or she starts sniffing near a corner (classic signs of oncoming urination or defecation), pick her up and put her in the litter box.
And, when you wake up, first thing you should do is place your kitten in the litter box. Kittens learn extremely quickly. Remember that cats don’t litter in dirty litter boxes so keep the litter box clean. (I clean my litter box out daily – just simply by removing the load!) Remember to reward your cat for properly eliminating in the litter box.
I hope these tips help you train your kitten. Good luck.! Share and Build Your Pet Profile On Petpav.com