Why cats are difficult to train – Part 29

Cats are very independent animals. It is not necessarily the fact that they’re being difficult, it is simply that they like being in control.

You must realize that cats also have different personalities. Some cats may be eager to please, while others refuse to cooperate.

The best way to get cats to cooperate in learning what you want them to is to start when they are kittens. This is when they are most receptive to acquire skills.

Cats do best with simple phrase or word commands. They can be taught to perform simple tricks just as dogs and other animals. The secret is giving a treat when the command is executed properly.

I talk to my cats on a regular basis. I acknowledge them when they enter the room I am in. I talk to them in simple phrases as I would a baby. I show them objects and associate a word with these objects.

I show them a can of cat food, and repeat the words cat food until I get a response. This may take several days, but I know that when I say the words cat food, without the object present I usually get a response indicating that they at least comprehend the words.

I have to say my older cat understands approximately 35 or 40 words of people English. My younger cat also understands quite a few words of people English.

I have given them many simple commands that they have responded to correctly over the years. So I know they understand what I’m saying, at least the key words in the phrases.

The important thing to remember is to have patience and practice skills on a regular basis. If you have a good relationship with your cat and treat it like the intelligent animal that it is, it should respond positively to your commands without much trouble.

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