The Best Cat Training Tips
May 27, 2008 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Behavior
It’s not really that hard to train a cat to do something. At least, it’s not as difficult as training a dog. That’s why there aren’t any obedience schools for cats.
One thing to always bear in mind is that cats don’t respond well to negative reinforcement (punishments, harsh discipline etc.). So punching your cat in the face when he or she makes a mess of the litter box probably won’t do much more than make him/her hate you. A better approach would be to use positive reinforcement (rewards, a show of gratitude etc.) when they do it right.
A good example of this is when your cat goes all vegan on your houseplants. Yeah, it can really get on your nerves, especially when you’re trying real hard to keep an indoor garden. And the plants might even be medically harmful to your little bundle of fur. It is then that much more important that you don’t get pissed and start disciplining your cat like a Soviet Commissar.
If you really can’t choose between having a hippy cat and a garden, the best compromise would be to arrange for a seperate garden specially reserved for your kitty. Feline-friendly herbs should be readily availabe in you nearest gardening store. Let your kitty munch all he/she wants.
If your cat happens to be something like a teenage geek son (maladjusted and timid), a great and simple thing to do is to spend some good old quality time with him/her. The little furball probably ended up that way because of a childhood lacking in love. Just pay him/her more attention and groom him/her more often and you’ll be drinking buddies in no time.
All the advice in the world won’t help you if you don’t put it to practice. Always remember to be patient and bear with your furry friend. It’s not always easy to help a cat become healthy and happy, just like it is with humans really (remember how hard you had to try to get your obese friend to hit the gym?).
As long as you put the time and effort into helping your cat, the results will show in no time. Have fun!
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