Pets are a great way to lighten your mood, and cats are one of the most loved animals. However, when it comes to owning a cat, you need to train the cat properly, otherwise there would be issues like pooping in the wrong place, or even tearing up something you like.
Cats, unlike dogs, might be moody, and seem a bit hard to train at times. However, with perseverance, and the correct amount of incentive, you can have a trained cat at your disposal.
Before you start off with the basics, you would need to prepare for training. So, make sure that you have all the essentials in place.
1. Find A Proper Treat
Admit it, everyone loves a treat, especially your cat. So, if you are starting the training process, you should make sure that you have a proper disposal of treat in front of you. Each time the cat performs properly, and you think you have made a progress with the training, your pet deserves a treat. This will help your cat to know that you are pleased with him/her and this is what you were aiming for while training.
While choosing the treat, make sure you know your pet’s preference. While most cats prefer food more than others, some cats do like something else for themselves. So, based on their preferences, you can definitely offer an attractive gift for your pet, and show your appreciation the proper way.
2. Decide on A Cue
Your cat needs to know that you are calling him/her. So, before you start the training process, make sure that you have a unique cue especially for this purpose. This will be distinguishable cue, which will make it easier for your cat to know that its master is calling. However, using your cat’s name might not always work, because he/she might be confused. Using your cat’s name might also mean that you are reprimanding him/her, when all you want is the cat to come to you.
To make the process easy, you can use something attention grabbing, like a soft whistle, or even a specific sequence of words like ‘kat – kit – kat’. Using the word ‘come’ as a sensory cue is good only when your cat has learned the meaning of your command and is following you properly.
Once you have prepped up with the basics, make sure that you have a connection with your cat. Don’t force your cat, or punish him/her if he/she is disobedient. Your cat should not be frightened of you, because then the whole training process is useless.
3. Establish the Habit
Certain behaves repeated day in and day out become habit. This is true not only for humans, but also for cats. So, make sure that you keep this habit going even after your cat has learnt the process. That would help your pet to remember the correct process, and make sure that he/she responds to you.
While you are training the cat, you can try out some alternatives of the process. Like once your cat have understood what the specific verbal cue means, increase the distance between you two and repeat the process. Repeat it unless you are sure that your cat knows what you mean, even when you two are separated but within the hearing distance.
Another way to make sure that your cat follows your instructions is to train before mealtime. The logic behind this is, your cat will be eager to perform, if he/she loves the treat you are offering.
Additionally, cats sometimes become lazy, just after having food, and then might not be that eager to follow your instructions. This is why sessions 15 minutes before the mealtime, works wonders compared to other sessions that you might have.
4. Reward Your Cat
We all love treats, and kind words, so make sure that you reward your cat immediately when you are pleased. This way, your pet won’t be distrustful of you, and this will make him/her perform better next time.
If however, you miss a treat, or delay it, your cat might be disinterested in the process, and you will lose all your advancement. If you run out of your treats, make sure you have something supplementary to offer your cat. You can also use petting, and scratching, with some kind words as an alternative at times.
5. Wean Your Cat Off The Treat Habit
Yes, treats are a great option for teaching your cat the proper behave. However, you cannot continue giving treats, when the cat has been properly trained. This is why you need to make your cat leave the habit of treats. This can be done in two ways.
First, you need to make sure that the test are repeated at frequent intervals, and without treats. If for some reason, your cat doesn’t respond, all you need to do is reduce the quantity of your treats. First halve it, and then quarter it, and continue this process until your cat gets accustomed to it.
In addition to this process, you also need to use the rewards, which are not related to food. Maybe petting your cat, or allowing a scratch pad would do the trick in certain cases. You know what your cat craves and likes, and you can use that to get a response from your cat.
As with anything in life, training your cat is a tedious process. You might find it frustrating at times, and it might also become tougher at times. If possible, start training your cat from the first day. This way, your cat will know and expect you to provide treats, and learn the tricks easily.
At any point of time, punishing your cats is not the correct way to go. If your cat doesn’t listen to you try some other method. Be patient and persistent while training your cat, because if you use force, all your training will be lost.
So, now that you know about these awesome pointers and how to train your cat to come, it is time to get started with training your cat.