Humans have a long history of raising cats as pets. In the past, cats were raised to catch mice and prevent mice from stealing food. Now, most people raise cats to have a companion.
Some people will encounter problems in the process of raising a cat. For example, the cat wakes you up in the middle of the night or it scratches or bites you suddenly when you interact with the cat. If you don’t correct these behaviors of cat, then you have to endure the behaviors of cat all the time. Some owners will consider finding a pet trainer to correct it, but in fact, you can train the cat by yourself. This article will introduce you to 5 points about training cats and how to correct the wrong behaviors of cats.
5 points for training cats
- Train early
- Be patient when training cats
- Choose a quiet environment for training
- Avoid physical punishment of cats
- Prepare some cat snacks as a reward
Human beings are trained and learned when they are young, and slowly learn to talk, crawl and walk, and they have very strong learning ability. The same is true for cat. A kitten of 2-3 months is the best time to train. The best time to train a kitten is 2-3 months old. If it misses this period, the learning efficiency will decrease and the correction cycle will also become longer.
2.Be patient when training cats
It takes a long time for cats with poor learning ability to correct the wrong behavior. Because the wrong habits formed by cats for a long time are difficult to correct through short-term training, so you must have enough patience when training cats.
3.Choose a quiet environment for training
People can focus more on something in a quiet environment, and the same is true for cats. In a quiet environment, the cat’s attention will be focused on the owner, which can improve training efficiency. In addition to choosing a quiet environment, it is also necessary to ensure that the cat’s daily necessities are complete to meet its daily needs.
4.Avoid physical punishment of cats
When you are training your cat, avoid physical punishment. Physical punishment will make the cat dissatisfied with you, and it will deliberately avoid you, which will increase the difficulty of training.
5.Prepare some cat snacks as a reward
Prepare snacks that the cat likes to eat as a reward, and feed it to the cat when it completes a correct action, and let it know that it’s the right thing to do.
6 basic cat behaviors and training methods
- Recall training
- Train cats to eat on time
- Train cats to use excretory basin
- Train cats not to scratch furniture
- Train the cat not to wake up the owner in the middle of the night
- Train the cat not to scratch and bite the owner
First of all, you have to let the cat know its name. It is very simple. You only need to be away from the cat and look at the cat calling its name. It will turn its head and look at you. This means that the cat knows that it is calling its name.
When the cat knows its name, you can conduct recall training on it. First, you have to put a snack that it likes to eat in your hand, and then stretch out your hand to let it smell, and then take your hand back. When the cat runs towards you, you can call out the cat’s name or say “come here “, and then you are giving the cat the food in your hand. This is a small round. It is recommended that you train no more than 4 rounds a day, as long as you repeat the exercise for a few days and gradually increase the difficulty, you can let the cat remember this action.
2.Train cats to eat on time
Cats eating regularly can promote digestion and absorption in the stomach and intestines, and the training method is relatively simple. You give your cat a piece of cat food at a fixed time and place every day. You can serve the cat at a fixed time and place every day. The time for each meal is set at 20-30 minutes. Once the time is up, you can remove the food. Cats will bark if they don’t finish eating in time, but don’t feed it cat food or snacks before the next meal.
3.Train cats to use excretory basin
Some kittens don’t know how to use excretory basin, so they will urinate anywhere. It is not difficult to teach cats to go to the toilet. Kittens will yell when they want to excrete. At this time, you can try to guide them to the excretory basin. Under normal circumstances, the cat will excrete on its own, but if the cat still cannot complete the excretion, then you need to gently wipe the kitten’s butt with a wet tissue to stimulate its excretion.
If the adult cat refuses to use the litter, it may be the excretory basin is not clean, or it may be the cat does not like this litter.
4.Train cats not to scratch furniture
Because cats’ claws grow very fast, to keep their claws sharp, they will choose to scratch something to sharpen their claws. If you don’t prepare the cat’s claw board for the cat in advance, it may scratch the furniture. In order to prevent the cat from scratching the furniture, you can prepare a cat’s claw board first, and then spray lemon juice on the surface of the furniture so that the cat will not approach the furniture.
5.Train the cat not to wake up the owner in the middle of the night
Cat owners have had the experience of being woken up by cats in the middle of the night. In fact, the cat barks in the middle of the night for interaction or food. As long as you ignore the cat, it will not bark again after knowing that it has not responded.
6.Train the cat not to scratch and bite the owner
A cat is an animal that likes to hunt. When interacting with a cat, if you tease it with your hand, it will treat it as prey and attack it. When the cat is scratching or biting you, you can yell to scare the cat. When the cat knows to bite you or scratch you, you will yell, and it will no longer scratch or bite you, but you’d better choose to use a cat stick when interacting with the cat in the future.