Teaching your cat not to be a predator – Part 9

It is very difficult to train a cat to do anything as they are independent and not as inclined to please you as dogs are. Also, cats tend to hunt alone, whereas dogs are a pack animal that need to ambush together. If you really don’t want your cat to chase birds and small animals, I suggest the Great INDOORS. I wouldn’t suggest declawing because it is cruel and removes the cat’s natural defenses.

Remove Tempting Treats. My grandmother took her outdoor bird bath away when she saw the neighborhood cats sitting underneath it just waiting for the birds to come be their dinner. A purrfect cat feeder! Of course, if you keep its favorite prey, like gerbils, canaries, goldfish,etc as pets inside, don’t count on your cat not being a predator. Your cat might realize you are unhappy about its predation, but it will probably wait until your back is turned and then hunt. Supervise your cat closely whenever the bird or hamster is out of its cage. The cat understands "No", and may try to please you by avoiding temptation. Make life easier for both parties by putting the cage where the cat can’t get to it. Some people claim their cat has become friends with the hamster or bird, and that may be true to a point. If that bird or hamster teases the cat,though, it may decide that it’s had enough of a prey species torturing it and do what comes naturally. The predatory instinct had only been suppressed for a while because the cat had bonded with the canary, not eradicated.

Water Torture.This last one may seem a little cruel, but I’m only talking about a little squirt gun or spray bottle. When you see the cat stalking a bird, squirt them with the water. Or, et up a sprinkler system near trees containing birds’ nests. In fairness to the cat, it must be confusing to be praised for catching mice but not birds. To the cat, it’s all lunch and a fun game.Good Luck!

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