“People don’t traditionally train cats because they think of cats as independent and full of free will,” says Sarah Ellis, co-author of The Trainable Cat.
Most of the people consider them to be disobedient who wouldn’t adhere to their commands, hence cat training seems like an impossible task. But what one fails to realize is that cats are also intelligent & clever, and have the capability to learn new tricks.
When Should One Start?
Starting the cat training process ASAP is imperative in order to ensure good behaviours and social skills in your feline. This also helps it understand the boundaries of your house. This saves you the trouble of your cat digging the dustbin, tearing apart your furniture, messing up a corner or other forms of poor behaviour. Additionally, training a kitten also helps keep its mind & body active and modifies its conduct for companionship purposes.
What are the prerequisites for cat training?
Lots of Cat Toys:
Every time your cat does something you don’t want them to, redirect their attention to the toys.
Treat each cat toy as a ‘reward’ it gets every time it practices good behaviour. A toy can also keep a cat mentally and physically occupied.
Cat toys are not enough, use small sized treats or the regular cat food as a reward. During the cat training stage, avoid giving it food in a bowl. Rather, use a treat as a reward for each cat training step.
This helps in rewarding a lot at short intervals without interfering with its nutritional needs. Plus your feline learns the training steps swiftly.
Lots of Patience:
Like a dog, a cat does not respond well to punishment. So, do not shout or scream at it. Punishing during cat training can lead it to hide or run away from you. Not rewarding is a punishment enough.
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Commands that you can teach your kitten at home.
- Keep the cat food/treat about 5 to 6 feet away from it and ensure that it sees you doing that.
- Slowly, walk away from the bowl and as it gets up to eat the food, stop it halfway and use the command “Stay”.
- If it stops, reward it and if it doesn’t, keep the food further away and repeat until it associates the word with the action.
- Use this command when your cat is hungry. When it comes to you looking for food, use the command “Come”.
- When your cat comes, give it some food and appreciation. In case it doesn’t, walk a few feet away with the food and use the command “Come”, again.
- Continue this process but from different locations around your house until it is familiar with the command.
- Place your cat on a table. Hold the ‘Reward’, either a cat toy or the cat food, over its head. Say its name and give the command, “Sit”.
- Move the food back over your cat’s head. As its head follows the ‘reward’, it will naturally sit down.
- As soon as it does so, you can reward it. Repeat this a few times to make sure your cat is associating the word “Sit” with the desired action.
These Cat training lessons with commands can help you & your felines to coexist comfortably. So, which command are you starting with?