Why cats are difficult to train – Part 20

Is there anything cuter than a fluffy little kitten?

Young kittens are easily trained to a litter box or to let you know when they want out. Cats are by nature clean animals (except the odd spraying tom cat, who can be deterred by a number of different methods). Usually all that is needed is a clean litter tray and a watchful eye for the first few days after you bring them home.

If your kitten does look like leaving a deposit anywhere you don’t want one, simply and firmly say "no" pick them up and either put them outside or in their tray. Praise them once they have done what they’re supposed to. It seems to work 99.9% of the time.

As for the rest of the training the same principal applies. Started young, the same method will work for getting them to scratch a post instead of your furniture and any other unwanted behaviour. In older cats it still works, it just takes a little longer because thay must be retrained and un-learn bad habits.As cats are creatures of habit, it’s just a matter of repition until a new habit is established. In this case a small food reward will help, along with lots of attention.

Be consistant and patient and you will soon find that your cat will be training you….

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