Cat Training: Basics For Beginners

Cats are very smart and will respond quickly to training. The subject of cat training is important because cats are very popular pets. They are both affectionate and smart and can suite many different lifestyles, some living inside, just outside or some combination of the two. Training them is a definite possibility.

If you ask around, most cat owners will say that cats have a strong independent streak and do not try to please their owners the way that dogs do. Consequently, training cats takes more work as the techniques that work in training dogs do not work with cats.

How successful you are in training your cat will depend on a few different things. One is when you start training your cat. Cats are most receptive to new behaviors when they are young, so consider beginning kitten training your new pet as soon as you get it. The other thing is to consider what the phrase “cat training” means to you. Do you want to train your cat to come when called, and to use a litterbox? These tasks are easily accomplished.

Use praise to get your cat to obey you, when it comes to simple tasks like this. Call your cat, and when it comes, pet it, and use a kind tone of voice to praise it. Soon your cat will associate coming when called with kindness and praise. Be consistent while you are training, however. Don’t confuse your cat my changing your behavior half-way through its training.

When litterbox training your cat, be prepared for it to take a while. This may not be what you hoped to hear, because the smell of cat urine is certainly not something you want lingering in your house, but it pays to be patient. There are various different methods available to you- research to find one which seems like it will work for your situation- but, as I mentioned above, be consistent. Once you choose an approach, stick with it, so that your cat knows what is expected of it.

Another aspect of cat training involves breaking or inhibiting bad habits that your cat may exhibit as it gets older. One common bad habit happens when a cat ignores litterbox training, and urinates in corners. There are various methods of curbing this habit, but before you attempt any of them, you should have your cat checked by a vet to make sure there are no medical problems at fault. If the vet says things are A-OK, try sprinkling cayenne pepper in the spots where the cat has been known to urinate. Cayenne pepper is unpleasant for cats, and thus will discourage your cat from using that spot again.

The best advice when trying to train your cat is to be patient and consistent in your approach. If you build a better rapport with your pet by trying to eliminate problematic behavior you will have a much more satisfying and fulfilling relationship with your pet, and be more likely to be able to teach them.

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