That "training" sounds more like a dog. They are the ones who learn to sit, give the little leg, play dead, bring things ... Cats are more independent, a few passes. But… Can a cat be trained just like dogs? Of course it can! This way you will get to comply with certain basic rules of behavior and it will be much easier and more satisfying to live with your cat.
Same as dogs, Cats need a leader to guide them, or they end up doing whatever they want and taking over everything. Education is necessary for all pets!
Correct bad behaviors of your cat
It's very important know the root of the problems to be able to solve them effectively. These are the most common behavior problems in cats:
- Ignore your litter box, that is, make your needs anywhere else.
- Mark the furniture, either with urine or scratch based.
- Scratch when playing (We don't mean to do it without wanting, but when they don't know that scratching is wrong and they use it as part of the game).
- Shows aggressive With people, sometimes they are even their owner.
- They do not tolerate living with other pets, even if they are other cats.
- Anxiety and stress
- They are afraid
Does your cat have any or more of these problems? Then we can start looking for a remedy.
How to act when my cat misbehaves
The first thing you should be clear about if you want to train a cat is to get too angry with him and constantly punishing him is no use. Also, no physical punishment! In Wakyma we believe in positive training, not pet abuse. Not only is it cruel, but it also does not give positive results, but quite the opposite. You will only get me to be afraid of you!
The bad habits of pets are corrected with patience, affection and respect. You can teach your cat to relate certain textures, smells, sounds or unpleasant flavors with that behavior that you do not want to repeat. Which ones can help you? It has been observed that cats show rejection of:
- Textures: Aluminum foil, plastics, adhesives. You can place them in places that you don't want your cat to step on.
- smells: citronella, aloe, eucalyptus, air fresheners ...
- Flavors: citrus, bitter flavors, pepper ... You can rub them in areas where you don't want your cat to be.
- Sounds: You can train a cat by teaching him to react to the sound of a whistle. You can use it every time you do something wrong and you will know that you don't like it.
Also, to train as effectively as possible, remember:
- Do not listen to him or play with him when he is misbehaving.
- Set one routine and fulfill it.
- Make sure that burn all your energy With daily play.
As you have seen, you can really train a cat, and it is not too difficult! Like everything in the world of pets, it just needs dedication and patience.
A happy cat, a cat that listens
The key to a good coexistence between a pet and its owner is mutual understanding. In the case of the cat, we have to keep in mind that his way of communicating varies greatly depending on his mood and his circumstances.
A dog will never have any problem telling us what he wants and how he wants it. A cat can feel stress or nervousness without its owner noticing. Here is a list of behaviors that we should pay attention to:
- The fact that the contact is hidden or shunned. Every cat that boasts has its own space in which to take refuge from the continuous caresses of its human, but there are also medical problems that can make your cat not well and need loneliness. Consult your veterinarian if you suspect this is the case.
- Repeated and scattered scratches throughout the house. The presence of new furniture can alter their perception of the territory, which they usually mark with pheromones. If you have recently remodeled the house or there is a high density of cats in the area, your pet may suffer stress oranxiety.
We must also take into account the signs of happiness or relaxation: the tail raised and waving, the fact that it rubs against you and the desire to play indicate that our cat is healthy and happy.
Training: tactics and tips
As expected, we can never bend the will of an animal so that it does something that goes against its instincts or you find it unnatural. What we can do as responsible owners is to channel the energy and enhance the abilities of our animal. And it is that with a proper stimulus we will get the right reaction.
The goal is that we get the cat to associate a certain behavior to the order or action of its owner. What techniques can we have in mind to reach this point in the relationship with our pet?
- First, we must start with positive reinforcements. A prize or gift will be the stimulus>
Clicker training: what is it?
The clicker training method does not use negative reinforcements. It is based on the use of a small plastic device that emits a ‘click’ when pressed. This sound is something strange for the cat and its surroundings. Thanks to its specificity, you can clearly associate it with an order.
It should be noted that the clicker training process requires patience and gradual goals. First, we must familiarize our pet with the sound and then provide you with a prize or reward that makes you see that It deserves your attention.
Here are some tips for this device to be effective:
- The "click" should be done while the desired behavior occurs, not after.
- Only hacerse click ’once per behavior. Several may confuse the cat.
- Start with small actions that the cat can already do on its own, such as sitting or answering the call of its owner.
From being a normal cat to starring in a movie in a jiffy
We are used to the tricks of Cesar Millán, also known as ‘The Dog Lover’, to get our canine friends to have exemplary behavior and manage to overcome all your fears, phobias or bad behavior.
However, it is not so common to witness the training of a pussycat. With exceptions like Gafe, the beloved cat of Robert De Niro in 'Her parents' - who has such special abilities as knowing how to pull the chain -, most people do not worry about teaching good manners to their 'crawls' or delve into the feline psychology, except for a couple of easy tricks (basically croquette).
Unfortunately, felines have always been accompanied by the fame of independent, unfriendly, detached and indomitable, although they also have their own way of telling us ‘I love you’.
Zoology specialist John Bradshaw, director of the Institute of Anthrozoology at the University of Bristol and veterinarian Sarah Ellis, a specialist in feline ethology, have tried to overthrow this myth and demonstrate that it can be achieved through his book "Train your cat”.
The Bradshaw and Ellis method don't stick exclusively to teach the cat tricks, such as getting on a chair or having medications taken without problems, it is about the animal being able to change its relationship with the environment, its owners and other animals, through simple exercises, repetitions and rewards.
It is guide for cat lovers is full of practical tips and exercises to improve living with our pets and how to get the most unknown and affable face of felines. It proposes a new method that ranges from when the animal arrives at home until the moment in which it completely adapts to the new space, going through different situations of daily life such as: the arrival of a new member to the family, the presence of another animal, staying home alone, moving or visiting the veterinarian.
However, the book goes further since it also raises educate people to better understand their pets. Likewise, the authors have taken into account that no cat is equal to another and offer different clues depending on whether it is more or less calm or sociable. Here twelve keys of the specialists that can help you put your pussycat on the sidewalk.
1.Prepare the ideal environment
Cats learn best when they feel comfortable. When choosing the training place, make sure that you have easy access to the water and the sandbox, that the temperature is pleasant and that you can retire to rest if the Lord desires it.
2. Don't show him anything freshly eaten
As the saying goes: "Fine Spanish, after eating feels cold", so that we understand you need a good nap on the sofa with blanket to make the digestion which boa constrictor. Your cat won't pay attention to you if he just ate. According to experts, if you are a little hungry you will be more motivated to perform the exercise in exchange for a prize. But without killing the hungry pussy, since if he is on a roaring stomach he will focus more on the reward than on learning what you are teaching him.
3. Do short training sessions
In the case of cats that train for the first time, a few minutes, while those with more experience no more than ten. In those sessions that are not going well it is better to stop and take a break to avoid associating it with negative feelings.
4. Get a training box
To save most training objects, it will allow you to start the exercise quickly and in itself it can serve as a signal to indicate to your gate that you are going to train a little.
5. Do not forget the prizes
They are the most important component of your training box. It must be something that your pussy really likes, the ideal is to give rewards often and in small amounts. The size of a prize should be approximately like the nail of your little finger.
6. Be overweight
If you reserve part of the cat's daily food rations (treats or regular diet) as prizes, the cat will not become a ball.
7. Try that the prizes are varied
Your cat is not dumb, if you give him the same thing every day, he will lose interest. Try to be as varied as possible.
8. Sharpen the ingenuity of the cat
The feeders with puzzles are a good way to train the brain of the cat and activate parts that establish new links. It can be stimulating for your pussy that you have to squeeze your brains a little to eat.
The caresses can be used as a prize especially for cats that are particularly affectionate and like contact. Although they prefer them short and straight, not as if you knead bread for hours. You know, "the good, if brief, twice the good."
10. Play with him
In addition to eating and sleeping, cats have a blast playing. This can also be a prize. The ideal toys are those that can move quickly, those that generate short and intense bursts and that you can 'steal' easily.
11. Avoid overexcitation
Do not give him a heart attack, ways to avoid it: 1) by making the sessions shorter, 2) giving him the opportunity to vent himself out of training through games and exercise, 3) reducing the value of food prizes - replacing fish or meat for cat biscuits–, 4) train in a quieter environment and with slower movements.
12. The news little by little
If you expose your pussy to new situations, do it gradually. For example, if you are afraid of the noise of the washing machine, you will reduce its impact if you put it only when you are in another room. So several times until you get used to the sound and see that it is not a threat.
It is important that you are very clear that cats do not understand punishment. To train your kitten is more effective than when he does something right, encourage him to repeat the same action. Sounds complicated, right? Always remember these three principles: respect, perseverance and rewards.
Let's start with respect. It is important that you treat your cat in the right way. For example, did you know that cats don't like to be stared at, or that they can't stand sudden noises or sudden movements?
Constancy implies consistency and repetition. If your kitten does something that is wrong (such as jumping on the kitchen table), you should say 'no' gently but firmly. And if you do something right, cover it with praise to do it again.
This introduces us to the rewards. There are two types: praise and treats. Both are good to motivate you.
Train your kitten to get caught
Most cats do not like to be lifted off the ground, so it is best to teach them as soon as possible.
It is not smart to teach bad habits, many people catch their kittens and when they resist they leave them immediately on the ground. In this way, what the kitten learns is that if he resists they will leave him alone.
You better take it and if it resists, continue to hold it gently but firmly. When he calms down, caress him and cover him with praise, then you can leave him on the floor again.
Is it possible to train your kitten so it doesn't scratch? No. They love it, it is also their natural way of marking territory and keeping their muscles well toned. Does this mean that you have to endure to destroy your furniture? No. You simply have to redirect your instinct to scratch elsewhere.
Buy your kitten a scraper (as they like rough surfaces, it is convenient that it be covered with rope or some similar material). Play with your kitten near him and then, when he uses it, reward him with praise or possibly with a treat.
If you scratch any furniture, it will mark it with its smell so it is convenient that you clean it with some product that eliminates it. In this way, you will probably prevent it from scratching again. Some people believe that it is useful to cover furniture with polyethylene or something similar since kittens don't enjoy scratching slippery surfaces so much.