When most of us hear about pet training, we automatically think about dog training. The truth however is that even cats can be trained. It is important to keep in mind that cats are very independent and training them is not as easy. Cat training mostly involves simple things designed to make your cat respond to commands and become a better pet. Below we discuss cat training basics and some of the tips you can follow to ensure that the training remains a pleasurable experience for you and your cat.
Kitty Litter Box Training
In most cases this is something that kittens learn from their mothers. It is however not uncommon to find that your pet doesn’t automatically accept the litter box you have at home. If your cat refuses to use the litter box here are some of the reasons why this could be the case. Cats are generally clean and they do not like dirty litter boxes. If the cat litter has been used for a while, clean the box and change the litter. Avoid using strong detergents and perfumes as this can counterproductive. Simply use normal soap and water to clean your litter box. You can use some vinegar to get rid of odors.
Something as simple as changing homes can put a cat into distress. If you bring a new cat home do not expect your new pet to take to the litter box immediately. As your pet adapts to the new environment and gets used to the new family things will get much easier. In this case there is nothing much you can do aside from making sure that your cat is as comfortable as possible.
Cats can be choosy especially when it comes to the litter. If you realize that your cat still doesn’t want to use the litter box after cleaning it and getting used to your home you can try and change the litter to see what happens. Since cat litter comes with different textures and smells experiment with a few brands until you get one that works well with your pet.
To make your work much easier while litter training place your cat several times in the litter box in a day. Put the cat litter in a quite as cats just like human beings enjoy their privacy. Do not punish your cat when accidents happen. Instead put your cat in the litter box and offer a reward when the cat finally does its business in the litter box.
Cats are natural predators and it is not uncommon for cats to bite during play. If you notice that things are getting out of hand get some toys that your cat can play with. You should also try as much as possible and have several play sessions with your cats on a daily basis. Whenever your cats bites you or pounces on you it is important to alert your cat know that the behavior is unacceptable.
Cats may also bite when they do not want to be stroked. When cats begin to look at your hand and flick their tails after being stroked for a while they have already had enough and you should let them do. If you don’t stop cats may bite. When this happens simply let your cat go and learn to tell when your cat has had enough stroking at any given time. Do not forget to let your cat know that this behavior is not acceptable. If biting is an issue, you need to take immediate action to train your cat properly.
There are many reasons why your cat could be scratching your favorite sofa. Cats scratch to sharpen their claws, to mark their territory or simply for the fun of it. While it would to be unfair to get your cats to stop doing something they find enjoyable you can get them to do the scratching elsewhere.
Your first course of action would be to get your cat a scratching post. Put the post in a well lived area where your cat can feel loved and at home. Encourage your cat to use the post and offer rewards whenever this happens. Even with the above tactics your cat may not be as eager to leave the old scratching place. You can always cover that surface using tin foil or tape as cats do not like the texture of these materials. You can also use perfume especially citrus scented perfume that cats totally hate.
Spraying is something that cats do to mark their territory. Do not mistake this with urinating. Even when accidents happen your cat will normally urinate on the falls. Spraying as the name suggests ends up everywhere, on furniture, walls and the floor. In most cases spraying happens if your cat has not been spayed or there is another cat in the house and the spraying cat is feeling threatened.
To resolve this issue try to find out why your cat is spraying. If you have more than one cat, try to create a bond and friendship between the two. Play with the two of them so no cat feels threatened. Ensure that the cat is as comfortable as possible and ensure that your pets routine does not change as much even when you move to a new place or there are new additions to the family.
If your cat is spraying at a specific place, clean that place using 2 parts water and one part vinegar to get rid of the strong odor. You can also use citrus-scented perfume to discourage your cat from spraying at that spot next time.
The above cat training tips will help you through most of the common challenges you are likely to encounter when you have a cat as a pet. Patience here is the key and you should take things slow if you want to see any results at the end of the day. With practice, you can be guaranteed that you will have a well behaved cat and a great companion to spend your days with.
Is your cat well behaved, or could it benefit from cat training sessions? Let us know in the comments below!
Browse by State:
- District of Columbia
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia