Training your cat can be a real challenge, but it’s well worth the effort. Training helps reduce unacceptable behaviors and build a relationship based on trust and love between you and your pet.
The earlier you start training, the easier your job will become. If you wait too long to begin training, expect that your job could become much more difficult.
Here are some tips to help you understand your cat’s body language, and how to properly train your feline companion.
Adult Cat Training Tips
Never strike or discipline an adult cat. Cats do not respond well to force or violence, and this can damage the trust they have in their owners. It is also likely that your cat will strike back with claws extended, which could result in injury for either one of you. Provide discipline by using a loud tone of voice (not yelling) when unacceptable behavior is observed. Never repeat the same mistake twice; if you don’t like what your cat does, make sure he learns it the first time around! With consistency and patience, most cats can trained in a relatively short period of time.
Understandably, there are times when you need to leave your cat alone for more than a few hours at a time. If you trust your cat not to destroy the house while you’re away, it’s up to you if you’d like to confine him or not, but remember that some cats may experience separation anxiety and will try their best to get out of confinement; this is especially true of young kittens. If you do choose to confine your cat, make sure the area is properly ventilated (cats require fresh air) and keep an eye on it in case he vomits or has diarrhea; both conditions can be fatal if allowed to persist for too long.
Confining Your Cat
I donwill likely not take more than five or ten minutes each session, but as your cat learns what is expected of him it may become a longer period of time. If you are to be gone all day at work, confine your cat to one room; if possible, place the litter box in that area. Make sure he has food and water (and toys) available to keep him occupied.
Never leave anything on the floor that could injure your cat; electrical cords should be covered with plastic tubing or hidden behind furniture where they cannot be reached by curious kittens or cats; make sure doors have secure locks for containment; if you want to put up window screens (for ventilation), make sure they .are screwed in place to prevent your cat from pushing them out or climbing up them; keep furniture away from windows where cats can get stuck trying to go after birds; make sure there aren’t any dangerous plants in the house (for example, Sago palm is deadly when ingested); and never leave a dog alone with your cat unless you know for certain that the two of them get along.
guidePraise Your Cat With Treats
One way to train your kitten is by using treats. If he performs proper behavior, give him his favorite treat afterwards. However, if bad behavior occurs (and it will at times), use a firm “No” followed by withholding the reward until he does something good again. Remember to be consistent with these training methods to be effective.
Cats learn best when a reward system is in place, so never discipline your cat without providing him with a treat or praise if he does something right. Praise should always come first; this way your cat will know what behavior you expect from him as well as which actions deserve positive reinforcement. The following list of behaviors should result in spontaneous praise:
– Coming to you for attention (without being prompted)
– Sitting on his own when told to do so
– Using the litter box properly
– Any other action that results in no harm to anyone involved and doesn’t violate household rules
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