Although many people believe that a cat cannot be trained, cats actually do respond to training! You just have to understand her first, as trainedcat.com says. Unlike dogs that have been bred to particularly work with human beings, cats were domesticated to kill vermin. So they are independent creatures and they are not naturally inclined to work for attention and praise as their canine counterparts are. Nonetheless cats are very clever animals, have a lot of energy and can learn almost anything provided you integrate some patience and creativity into the training.
Reward Behaviors that You Like
It is fairly simple: If you want the pet to repeat a certain behavior, reward the behavior. For instance when your pet meows to you, do you pet her, give her a treat or to talk to her? If you give her a treat, you are teaching her that meowing brings rewards. However if you do not reward her or ignore her when he meows, she is unlikely to become a meower. So if you like him when he is quiet, give him a treat when he is not making noise.
Litter Box Training
Training your cat to use the litter box is fairly easy. Most cats are clean by nature and have an inclination to bury their poop. Use these steps to train your pussycat to start using the litter box:
-Put the cat and a litter box in a confined room and ensure that the pet has plenty of clean water and food.
-If the canine ‘goes’ outside the litter box, place the waste in the box. The odor will encourage the pet to start using the litter box.
Normally it will take a day or two for the cat to begin using the litter box. But if the pet is still not using the box within a few days, try this: Place the cat in the box and then gently scratch the box’s surface with your fingertip.
Handling Bad Behavior
Let’s find out how to train a cat that misbehvaes. When your cat does misbehave it usually means that he is bored and wants to do something else or play. If you cannot play with him, provide diversions like a scratching post or cat toys to keep him occupied. In addition, because cats are very sensitive to voice tones, sometimes all it takes is a bold “No!” to get him to stop misbehaving. You can also clap to get his your attention.
If the cat plays too rough and begins biting, that is a behavior that can be trained way. When playing with the cat and he starts scratching or biting, just startle it with a loud noise. You can make a hissing sound or clap your hands. Just something to shock the pet into halting what he is doing and then walk away. Do this anytime the pet aggressive he will eventually learn that the repercussion of scratching or biting is that play comes to an end.
You may be tempted to punish your pussycat if you find her clawing the couch or sitting next to a broken glass, but hitting the pet after doing something bad is very ineffective. He will not connect that punishment with something that she has already done and probably forgotten about. Hitting, shaking or yelling will only make the cat confused and fearful and could make him avoid you.
Patience is a must have virtue for anyone who wants to train a cat. Kittens and cats independent animals and may decide after a single try that they are done for the day. And once he has lost interest that is just it. You cannot force him or her to concentrate when he wants to nap, eat or drink. Also keep in mind that cats may learn one trick today and flunk out tomorrow. Nonetheless over time all the hard work and patience will pay off handsomely!
The Bottom Line
You attract more flies with sugar and honey than you do with vinegar. That is the theory behind cat training. Do not punish your pet for bad behavior; instead reward him or her for doing something that you like. With lots of treats and encouragement, you and your precious one can achieve great things!