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Cat training tips – the complete guide

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When to start training your kitten?

Cats are the most lovable and trainable among pet animals.  No other companion can compromise a well mannered kitten. Kitty training has to be started at the very young age or from the very next day it becomes a member of your household. The training must mold your cat’s behavior in such a way that she gets acquainted with the rules of your home.

Training tips in general

Though “Kitty training” is a task which demands lot of your time and patience, a well trained cat is like a long term investment. Here are a few tips that you may require when training your kitten.

  1. Kittens love to play, interact with them and provide enough toys and time to play.
  2. Let them follow healthy and regular routine habits which will help them to develop good behavioral habits.
  3. Make your home a comfortable living place for your kitten by giving her enough space of her own.
  4. Kittens tend to scratch on abrasive surface, encourage them to do so, on scratching pads which will help to trim their nails too.
  5. Make your house kitten proof by hiding wires, curtain strings and all that attracts their attention to safeguard the things and your kitten as well.
  6. Above all, enough attention and praise plays a primary role in training your kitten.

Dog Vs Cat training

Dogs or cats-It is impossible to say which species is smarter and trainable. Dogs can be trained easily than cats but they require training to be an obedient pet. Cats demand low maintenance and doesn’t require much training. Dogs learn tricks to please their owner. Cats learn tricks only if it feels to do so. Cats are supposed to learn by observation and make decisions of their own. They tend to obey better than dogs. When compared to dogs, cats have a tendency to scratch and spoil your furniture. Proper litter box and scratching pad training can make a cat a smarter and lovable pet than a dog.
Here are some training tips that will help you make your kitty well mannered.

Pet carrier training

Purchase an appealing carrier that gives enough room and vent for the cat. Place some of her favorite toys, catnips and treats inside the carrier and leave the door open. Encourage her to get used to the carrier by letting her play with her favorite toys within the carrier. Once she gets acquainted with the carrier, try locking and opening the door as in a ‘hide and seek’ game just to assure her that she is safe inside. Once she is comfortable doing so, pick up the carrier with her inside and start carrying it to some distance within the house. If she doesn’t resist this attempt, you can try placing the carrier in the car and driving to short distances.

Veterinary visit training

Cat carrier training will help you when you go for a vet visit as carriers will give your cat a sense of protection from other strange people and animals. For cats, vets also falls to strange peoples category, so it may not want the vet to examine it on the very first day. Choose a vet who has been in practice for quite a while. Make one or two regular visits to let her get familiar with her vet. Experienced vets will know how to handle them with treats and pats.

Outdoor training

Cats love to be outdoor, a little training and care from the owner can make the outdoor strolls comfortable for you and your cat. Let her roam in the yard freely with ground to dig on, fences and small trees to climb up and let her hunt small preys that come in its way.  Make sure to keep her away from water sprinklers and poisonous or medicine sprayed plants. With proper leash training, you can take her for a walk in the street where she will enjoy finding other cats and new places.

Cat harness and leash training

Leash training is essential if you are planning to take your cat for an outdoor walk. You can find a step by step procedure of harness and leash training here.

Litter box and toilet training

Litter box training a cat is quite simple when compared to other trainings. Place the box in a calm and quiet but easily accessible place. Keep it neat and clean and leave the cover open. If the litter box looks appealing and litter used inside is comfortable, then your cat will start using the litter box without much training.
Toilet training your cat might take some time. Start by moving the litter box next to the toilet bowl. Raise the height of the litter box by placing wood or cardboards under the box. Slowly, make it up to the height of the toilet bowl without letting your cat notice the difference. Now place the litter box over the toilet seat for a few days. Get a metal bowl which you can place inside the toilet bowl by supporting it on the rim of the toilet bowl. Put the same litter the kitty is using and gradually reduce the amount of litter and increase the amount of water inside. Once it reaches a stage when you can completely remove the litter with only water inside, you can remove the metal bowl and your cat will start using the toilet by itself. Make sure to always leave the toilet lid open.

Scratching post training

Cats cannot be stopped from scratching, scratching pads and posts are essential if you want to stop your furniture being clawed. You can find more details about appropriate scratching posts here.
At first, place the pads and posts where your cat finds it easily accessible. Once she gets used to it, you can change it to a more fitting location.

Teaching tricks

Consistent training can make a cat learn tricks easily. Call her by her name and command her to ‘come’ near you by drawing the food bowl to you or by showing treats. Pat on her head as an encouragement and repeat it until she starts obeying the command without any treats and toys. You can teach her to shake hands with you by keeping her hands on yours while saying the command ‘shake or shake hand’ along with her name. You can try it by placing a cat treat on your hand and letting her take the treat using just one paw. Again if you want her to sit up and stand on back paws, you can try waving a treat a little above her head but not within the reach of her paws and commanding her to ‘sit up or stand’.  Don’t give it to her until she understands what you want her to do. Don’t forget all these can be accomplished only if you give her enough encouragement and praise.

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