Even Cats Can Be Trained

Posted July 31st, 2012 by admin

New Replacement Leather Chair, Sofa and Couch Cushion CoversPart of being a responsible pet owner is training your animal companion so that they are a happy and nondestructive member of your household. Anyone who has ever housebroken a dog knows that successful training is more a matter of patience and consistency then anything else. Dogs, however, are natural pack animals and generally respond well to training.

Cats, on the other hand, have a reputation for being notoriously unwilling to accept an owner’s wishes. Unfortunately, they also have a number of destructive traits that need to be curbed unless you enjoy seeing your furniture clawed to shreds or being repeatedly bitten. Despite the difficulties, it is possible to train your cat, but you are going to have to work at it.

What works in training a dog will not work with a cat. With a dog, it is important that you establish your dominance. Your dog wants to know who the pack leader is. Trying to establish dominance with a cat will just make the cat dislike you or fear you, neither a particularly desirable trait in an animal companion.

Cats have an intense dislike of loud noises and getting wet. Using a water pistol to squirt your cat when it is doing something undesirable can be an excellent training tool. Do not be discouraged if you see your cat stubbornly return to whatever it was doing after its initial reaction. You have to be patient and consistent with your expression of negative feedback.

It is just as important to reward desired behaviors. Did your cat use the scratching post instead of the living rooms drapes? Offer it a reward such as a cat treat or a comfortable scratch behind the ears. In time the cat will learn to associate desired actions with rewards just as they are learning that undesired activities will get them wet.

Finally take the time to cuddle with your cat on its own terms. Let your animal companion know that you love and care about them and training will go a lot easier on everyone involved.


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