Taking care of a cat is one thing and training a cat is another. It’s not enough for you to discipline your cat so it will do as you wish. Punishing your furry friend for not obeying orders will also cause stress which can lead to health and behavioral problems. You need to learn how to train your cat. Training is essential and you need to arm yourself with so much patience to be successful. Positive reinforcement will help a lot since this is how cats pick up your message and follow through the training process.
There are some tools you will need to use when training cats. Among these are as follows:
This can be a pen with a clicky button. This will serve as a distinct noise that can be done instantly, signifying that your pet has done a desirable behavior. This will be useful when offering your cat a positive reinforcement. Once the preferred behavior is done, you can simply click your pen and give a treat following the clicking sound. Since you can make a clicking sound instantly, the cat will recognize what specific behavior must be done to deserve another treat. Without the clicker, your pet will find it hard to understand why it was given a reward. However, if the same pattern is followed; positive behavior, click and reward, your cat will most likely find it easier to catch on.
- Vocal Cue
You need to create a vocal cue that will call the attention of your cat and make it run towards you. You need to execute this cue before opening a can or bag, before feeding or doing something positive for your cat. This will help your furry friend associate your vocal cue to something that is desirable. Hence, it will not hesitate to get near you right away. Once your pet gets used to such cue, try using it beyond feeding times. You can initiate the call in short distances then gradually progress to long distances. A training or two a day is highly recommended which could last for a maximum of 5 minutes. The desired behavioral responses should be repeated 20 times.
One type of training that is hard but necessary is training your cat to use the toilet. But if you succeed on this part, you will be rewarded with a cleaner home. You can initiate the training by setting up a litter box in your toilet. Once your pet gets used to using it, gradually transfer it near your toilet’s seat until you place it right on top of it. A stool will be helpful for the cat for the cat to climb on it. Then change the litter box to the one with the size enough to fit your toilet. A flushable liter will be preferable and don’t worry if there are spillovers. Slowly remove the litter until your cat becomes accustomed to not having it. When you think that your cat is ready, remove the litter box and let your cat do its thing on the toilet without it.