Can You Train Your Cat? 4 Basic Cat Training Tips for Beginners
April 6, 2021 2:28:13 PM PDT April 6, 2021 2:28:13 PM PDTth, April 6, 2021 2:28:13 PM PDT
Do you think your cat is untrainable?
Or perhaps you have just got a new kitten, and the mischievous little minx is wreaking havoc around your home?
Either way, you will be pleased to hear that you can train your cat and instill good behavior that will remain throughout their adult life.
From using food rewards to focusing on positive reinforcement, keep reading to find out our top four training tips that will transform your cat from unruly to angelic.
1) Start Training as Early as Possible
In the same way that babies start to learn from things around them at a very young age, kittens also need to be exposed to behaviors that will help them learn how to act. In particular, when your kitten is as little as 3-7 weeks old, you can help them start to develop their social skills.
Ways in which you can do this include:
- Invite friends and family over to interact with your kitten
- Let them become used to children
- Introduce them to a cat-friendly dog
- Bring your cat on car journeys
2) Use Positive Reinforcement
Whether you are trying to get your cat to use a new litter box or you want them to stop destroying your furniture and instead use a scratching post, you should always use positive reinforcement rather than punishment or negative behaviors.
Your cat learns better this way, and it is known for helping to improve overall cat behavior, both in the short term and for the future. You may also want to introduce a food based treat when they listen to your command or do something right, although you should be careful not to overload on high fat or sugary treats as these are not good for your cat’s health.
3) Allow Them to be Independent
As a general rule, cats are solitary creatures and like to have the freedom to roam about on their own. Once your cat has mastered the basic skills of using their litter box and being respectful of your home, you may want to think about installing a sliding glass pet door that allows your cat to enter and leave your home whenever they like.
Providing maximum security for your home and the ultimate convenience for your cat, you can also use automatic sliding door sensors so that only your cat can have access to the door, eliminating the worry of other animals entering your home.
4) Book Professional Services
If you are struggling to train your cat and their behavior is having a negative effect on your household, you might want to consider booking them into professional cat training sessions or a cat training school.
Not as harsh as they sound, many training schools use a combination of positive reinforcement and clicker training to teach your cat good behavior. Be warned, this can be expensive so you may want to try all of the above tips yourself first before investing in this way of training your kitten.