When most people think of training a pet, they think about dogs. However, cats are just as easy, if not easier to train than your canine friends. If you follow these tips below, you can train your favorite kitty for just about anything.
One, and most importantly, positive reinforcement is the most effective way to train a cat. When you use negative reinforcement, you are stressing your feline friend. Stressing a cat can lead to behavioral problems, which is the exact opposite of what we are wanting. Instead of using spray bottoms and loud noises, instead reward your feline buddy with treats.
Two, practice with your buddy. Remember the old saying that practice makes perfect? This has never been as true as when you are training an animal. Practice with them, reward them, and be patient with them. They will not pick it up immediately and can take several days to several weeks.
Third, clickers are your friend. Clickers allow you to reinforce good behavior and eventually cut down on the usage of kitty treats. When you reward your kitty with a treat, click the clicker to reinforce the idea that the clicker means rewards and that they are doing well. After you’ve done this for a while, they will associate the clicker with happiness and you can click it to reward them, instead of always giving them treats.
Fourth, reward them immediately. Cats have short attention spans and if you hesitate, they may think that the reward is for something else, or worse, have no idea why you’re rewarding them. As soon as they exhibit the behavior that you want to teach them, reward them.
Fifth, pick the best time to train your feline buddy. An hour or so before feeding time is usually optimal because their stomach will be rumbly and they will be most interested in snacks. Too close to feeding time, however, and they may not have the attention span to pay attention to the treats.
Sixth, pick the best place to train them. You want to pick an environment that your cat is comfortable in and will not be easily distracted. So, training them at home is usually the best option. Remove all distractions, like children, TVs, dogs, and so forth.
Seventh, and finally, never force your cat. If you are trying to litter box train them, do not pick them up and carry them towards the litterbox. Try to urge them that way with treats and fun toys, then reward them every time that they go towards the litterbox. Read more here: www.buskerscat.com/cat-litter-tray-boxes-training
Tips for training your feline friend
- Do not reward your cat every time they paw or meow at you. This will turn them into a beggar and they will be more focused on begging that they will learning.
- Using a litter box is natural behavior for a cat. Most felines only need to be shown where the litterbox is.
- Cats are best trained when they are a kitten.
- If you are trying to train a cat in attempts to prevent bad behavior, try to find the root of the problem first. Often times, when cats act out there is a reason like a new environment, overstimulation, health problems, and many more.
- Know when to take your feline to the vet. If your cat is acting up in ways that are seemingly new, there may be a health problem. It is better to be safe than sorry, so take your buddy to the vet before you focus on deterring the behavior.
- Play with your feline friend regularly. A well-exercised cat is likely a happy cat and more open to training.
Set up the surrounding environment in a way that will encourage success. If your cat is scratching furniture, introduce a scratching post that looks fun and comes with toys. If you are training them to do tricks, remove all distractions.
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