You Can’t Train a Cat…Can You? cat training
Let’s talk about cat training! Most people don’t believe that cats can be trained. In fact, some of those people even own cats, and will quickly tell you that you don’t train cats, but cats do train you, which jives with the old stand-by ‘you don’t own a cat, the cat owns you. training your cat
Cats are not dogs. Dogs aim to please…cat’s seek to ignore. A dog will protect you, even at the cost of his own life. A cat will silently watch you, and it even appears that they are enjoying any distress you may be experiencing.
Dogs will greet you at the door at the end of the day, fetch your paper, and fetch your slippers. A cat will eventually allow you to find him, after an hour of searching, and will then expect you to feed him, clean his litter box, and pet him at his leisure.
Cats and dogs are two separate species, obviously, but there are those who enjoy dogs, and those who prefer the snooty attitude of cats. I happen to enjoy the snooty attitude, and although I am a well-trained house human, I know that cats can be trained.
What Is Cat Training
Cat training is just a matter of training them what they are willing to learn, in a way that they can learn it. Just realize that while you are training your cat, if your cat has not already completed his course of house human training, such training will be in progress as he is also being trained. training your cat
If you don’t believe that cats can be trained, spend some time watching your cat. Feed him at a specific time each and every day for a week. Then, after seven days, don’t feed him at that time. It will only be a matter of minutes before he seeks you out, verbally demanding to know what your problem is…in cat speak of course…and naturally, being a cat, he won’t really care what your problem is. He will simply be there to remind you, in the haughtiest of fashions, that you’ve forgotten something important. cat training
Cats Have A Mind Of Their Own
You’ve trained him to expect something in just seven short days. Not only did you train him to expect it, you’ve trained him to expect it at a certain time of the day. Now, again, cats are not dogs. There are some things that a cat can do, but will absolutely refuse to do.
Once a dog learns tricks, he will perform on command. You can’t teach a cat to sit or stay…they have a mind, and an agenda, of their very own, and it usually includes not doing anything that you want them to do, and especially not on command. They have way too much self-respect for that. But cats can sit and stay if they want to.
Neither dogs nor cats understand English. What they understand is sounds, and a dog will perform what you have taught him to perform when he hears a certain sound…or even when he sees a certain hand signal. A cat can also understand certain sounds, and he even knows what you want him to do when he hears that sound. But being a cat, he probably won’t do it…simply because you want him to.
You Can Train Your Cat
Don’t get confused though. Cats can be trained to use a litter box, to play a certain game. They can be taught not to bite or scratch. They can learn to socialize better with people. Kitties can even be trained to use the toilet, instead of a litter box.
Cats can even be taught to perform certain tricks. When you are training a dog, you reward him for doing a trick right. It works the same way with cats. The difference is that once the dog has mastered the trick, he will perform that trick on command, even if he knows that there is no treat coming.
A cat, on the other hand, will only perform if he knows that the treat is coming. If you stop giving him the treat in return for a good performance, he will eventually stop performing the trick at your request.
The Difference Between Cats And Dogs
Here is the most important thing to remember: dogs want to please you, and cats want you to please them. A dog will perform tricks to please you. A cat will perform tricks if there is something in it for them, other than just pleasing you…such as something that pleases them.
Also remember that when it comes to cats, it is easier to create a good habit than it is to break a bad habit. You may be able to teach old dogs new tricks, but the chances of teaching an old cat new tricks is slim to none. Cat training should begin when the cat is still a kitten, and this training should start after you’ve had them for two to three weeks. Give them time to adjust to you.
Just as there is a difference between dogs and cats, there is a difference between kittens and cats. Cats are a bit elusive and mysterious. They do things their own way and in their own good time. If you call them, they may take a message and get back to you at some point in the future – or ignore you altogether.
Start Training Your Cat Young
Kittens, on the other hand, are very different. They haven’t developed their snooty attitude yet. Young kitties are playful and full of life and wonderment. They want to explore, and they want to get to know you. They actually want your attention and will seek you out for it. This is the best time to train a cat – when they are open to training, and before they develop habits that you don’t want them to have. So, you see, in the grand scheme of things, you aren’t ‘training’ them…you are simply teaching them habits that you want them to adopt as their own.
Short Attention Span
Before training your cat – or any other animal – you must understand them. You need to know what their natural inclinations are and what gets their attention. You need to know how their minds work, how they associate things, and ultimately, how they learn. Training your cat cat training train my cat
If you begin training your cat at a very young age, you must realize that he has a very short attention span. You must also realize that training a cat isn’t really anything at all like training a dog.
When you train a dog, you set aside time each day to work with him, repeating commands, and helping him respond to those commands over and over again for several minutes. It doesn’t work that way with cats. A cat simply is not going to tolerate that.
Cats Learn In A Different Way
Instead, cats learn in a different way. Cats ‘associate.’ When a cat does something that gets a positive response, they remember it, and will do it again. When they get a negative response, they will avoid doing it. The response doesn’t have to come from you. The response could also be the result.
Some believe that a cat’s memory is better than a dog’s memory, so it actually doesn’t take them very long to learn. Experts suggest that the cat’s memory is approximately 200 times better than the dogs. They also suggest, however, that a cat only stores information that he regards as important to him and his survival, quickly forgetting anything that he considers trivial.
Positive Reinforcement Is Important When Training Your Cat
When it comes to training your cat, the key is to create situations that have positive results for your kitty. Cats do not learn through discipline. Instead, they learn through observation. They observe and then they will imitate, but they also learn, again, from positive results, and from negative results, which should never include discipline.
Research has shown that a cat can remember something that is relatively new to them for about 16 hours. This means that if you are training a cat to do tricks, per se, you should repeat that training within 16 hours. On the other hand, if you are training a cat to display good behavior and to avoid bad behavior, time doesn’t play into it. Instead, creating a positive outcome and negative outcome situations is what matters most. Training your cat cat training train my cat
Cats Need Routine
Like most domesticated animals, cats function better when they there have a set routine. They are calmer, more affectionate, and simply feel more secure. Often, they will not display bad behavior on purpose if they have a set routine. Establish this routine when the cat is still a kitten, and stick to that routine as closely as possible. Cats don’t like surprises.
Note that the cat would not display bad behavior on purpose. It is important to understand, again, that what you see as bad behavior isn’t necessarily how your cat sees it – and your cat won’t even realize that you see what he is doing as naughty.
How Your Cat Sees The World
You must consider your cat’s view of the world. It is very different from yours. You see your cat as a loving pet. He’s not trying to be a loving pet, however. This is his castle and and everything belongs to him. He has marked his territory and his scent is all over the place.
He sees you as the dominant figure in the house because you’ve left your scent – unknowingly – and he smells it as well. But, you haven’t challenged him. He has, on the other hand, challenged you by leaving his scent where your scent first resided. However, you are still bigger than him, and that means that you are still dominant, even though everything in the home now belongs to him.
You shouldn’t, however, make the mistake of thinking that just because your cat sees you as the dominant figure that he is going to obey you. That’s simply not going to happen. Instead, he actually respects your space, and peacefully – in his opinion – shares it with you.
Learn About Your Cat
Believe it or not, a lot of time, money, and research have gone into the behavior of cats. Simply put, they are fascinating creatures. We spend hours watching them when seemingly they are doing absolutely nothing at all. Watching a cat and petting a cat has been scientifically proven to reduce stress and to lower blood pressure. Training your cat , cat training train my cat
So, as you can see, your cat is doing something for you, without either of you even realizing it. You owe it to your cat to get to know more about him.
Of course, you do! You will be doing him a favor by learning more about how he thinks and reacts to the world around him. You will also be doing yourself a favor, as well as your furniture and drapes. The ‘naughty’ things that cats do are not for the purpose of being naughty. They are done for purposes that are inherent to the cat – their natural instincts made them do it! Training your cat cat training train my cat
Provide An Outlet For Your Cat’s Natural Instincts
All you really have to do in order to live peacefully with your cat is to provide other outlets for his natural instincts. It isn’t so much about training as providing these outlets for him. Just as a cat prefers to use the litter box, as opposed to using your carpet, he will also prefer to use a scratching post. That is, if the scratching post has been made attractive to him, and furniture has been made unattractive to him. So, before you can begin to effectively ‘train’ your cat, you must first understand him. Understand what his needs and inclinations are, and then prepare to go to work!
Cats will be Cats
As you can see, cats are amazing creatures, and although they are ‘domesticated,’ it is really the owner who becomes domesticated – or tamed – by the cat. In the grand scheme of things, no matter how much you’ve worked with your cat or trained him to display good behavior, cats will be cats.
Just as dogs are animals, cats are animals – and all animals will revert to their natural, animal instincts when the situation calls for it, in their minds. For example, a cat will never intentionally hurt a baby – without a good reason.
A good reason to the cat, however, would be if the baby grabbed a hand full of fur and yanked, causing the cat pain. The cat will instinctively try to get away from the baby, but if he can’t, his next instinct is to fight, using the weapons that nature gave him – his teeth and claws.
Keep Your Cat’s Basic Instincts In Mind
Remember earlier that we mentioned that cats have great memories, but choose to only remember that which they think is important to their survival while forgetting anything that they consider trivial? What this means is that everything your cat does has a reason – even if you don’t understand the reason. Furthermore, everything your cat does he associates with his survival and well being.
It is important to remember when you are training a cat to have good behavior that you are not going to change the cat. You cannot force him to stop being the animal that he is. No matter how much you try and no matter how much you treat him like a human child – he is still going to be a cat, and he is still going to do all of those things that come naturally to him, as a cat, just as you are still going to be a human, and are still going to do all of those things that come naturally to humans.
Your Cat Knows What Is good For Him
As humans, we require food, and as humans, we have food choices to make. Often, we choose foods that are not healthy for us, and those foods give us unhealthy results. When we choose foods that are healthy for us, we get healthy results. Either way, we still require food for our survival.
If you give your cat a choice between healthy and unhealthy which do you think he will choose? Nine times out of ten, the cat will make the healthiest choice, but either way, it is still his natural instinct to eat, just as it is his natural instinct to scratch, to chew, to mark his territory, and more. None of this is bad behavior in his mind.
Cats Are Individuals
You cannot stop any of that behavior. You can only give him better outlets for that behavior. In the grand scheme of things, it isn’t the cat that has to change at all. It’s you that has to change, or you have to change the environment that the cat lives in. You cannot reasonably expect the cat to change, however.
While most cats have the same basic feline instincts, not all cats are created equal, and it is important that you realize this as well. Your cat is extremely unique. His personality, although cattish, is different from other cats. If you have more than one cat, it will be very easy to see the differences in their personalities, as well as in their preferences.
Some cats are easier to train than others
This is true for behavior training as well. Some cats simply don’t get it, while others are just extremely hard headed. The trick is to preven
t bad habits from developing as soon as possible and to introduce good habits in their place. The longer you allow bad behavior to continue, the harder it will be to introduce the cat to the good behavior in an effective way. cat training
Some cats are simply going to be cats, and ignore anything that you may try to teach them. Just as there really are dogs that refuse to be trained, there really are cats that simply refuse to do anything other than exactly what they want to do, when they want to do it.
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For the most part, however, it isn’t the animals fault. Generally, when this happens, it is caused by something that the human is doing wrong or something that the human isn’t doing at all. So, before you try to correct your cat’s behavior, you might have to make some corrections to your own.
When you really look at the information presented here, however, you will see that cat training really is easier than dog training. It helps, of course, if you have a clear understanding of what you are doing in the first place, because when it’s all said and done, you will find that cat training is human training, and human training is cat training. training your cat
The cat has trained you to accept his behavior, seeing it all as his natural instinct that is an integral part of his survival and well being… and you have trained the cat to display his behavior in a way that doesn’t make you want to skin him!
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