Cats are notoriously independent and have a mind of their
own. Can you really teach a cat new tricks?
Cat owners often think that their cat is just too moody to
listen. Some owners feel their cats are un-trainable simply
because they are arrogant. The fact is many times pets donít
obey because they donít understand what you want from them. So,
if you have tried to train your cat, you may not be doing it
Training your cat takes time and patience. It takes more of that
then it does with a dog. A sure fire way to get results is to
use positive reinforcement. Whatever you do, donít scold your
cat because she is likely to just misbehave when you arenít
looking. Instead, praise good behavior.
Any cat can learn. It is wise to first start when the pet is
young, about eight to ten weeks old. But, the pet will do well
at any age.
To Get Started
How do you get started? The first thing to start with is
training your cat to come when called. Hold your catís favorite
treat and call his name. Youíll want to make sure heís in a good
mood. Youíll also want to make sure there isnít a lot of noise
either. Distractions will slow down the cat or confuse him.
Decide on one command and use it solely. The command should be
short and easy to say. For example, come kitty works well or
here kitty will work too.
Now, get down on her level by sitting or kneeling on the floor.
Give the command. Make sure your voice is exciting and happy.
When the cat comes to you, reward him with the treat. Also,
insure that you praise the cat as well. Then, move away and do
the same thing again. The goal is to use the same tone of voice
and the same command. Work on it for no more than ten minutes.
If the cat is bored or frustrated, stop for the time. Try to do
this two or three times a day for about a week. Once he gets
this command, you can move on to others.
Some things that your cat needs to learn for his own well being
are necessary to teach any and all cats. For example, he needs
to learn to tolerate a harness and a leash in case you need to
travel with him. Also, the cat should learn to use a crate.
Using a Leash and Harness
To do this, youíll want to start by putting the harness on him.
Do not restrain him once it is in place. Praise him for it. Give
him a treat for behaving so well. Once he is used to wearing it,
attach the leash to it and let him lead you throughout the area.
Coax him into following you with treats and praise. Some cats
will learn to heel on the leash. But, most will not. All should
learn to not panic or to struggle, though when wearing a leash.
When it comes to the crate, it can be done a little simpler.
Cats like warm dark places so put a comfortable blanket and
maybe even a favorite toy of the cat's inside the crate. Give
him praise when you place him in it. Then, leave him there for a
few minutes. Let him out within three to five minutes. Donít
praise him when heís coming out of the crate because you do not
want him to think this is the good thing. Make sure to reward
him, though whenever he goes in. Leave the cat in the crate a
little longer each time. Eventually your cat will be trained
well enough to keep him in there.
I hope these simple tips will show you how useful it can be to
give your cat a little discipline.