How To Train Your Pet Cat

When we come to pet training, dog training strikes us first. Dogs are mainly trained to obey their master, work on farms, detect drug or other illegal items. But, no training is actually species specific, but is of concept specific. And, so, you can train your cats too.

If you approach your cat with a positive, encouraging and cheerful attitude, you can make it learn almost all commands. A reward-based training can serve your purpose better. If you are a new pet parent, you can start by asking your cat to sit, roll, shake paws, and then continue slowly by ringing bells, do a Hi-Five, use the toilet and even to ask things from you rather snatching it from you!

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But owners must be very careful as cats have their own good time. Be patient with the fellow if you really want to train them something new. Cats are also individuals with individual personality. Some will be very eager and curious to learn from you, some will completely ignore you while the other will look suspiciously at your gesture as if you have gone mad. But being an owner, you must stay calm, and teach one trick at a time. Cats, like us, can easily get confused when multiple behavioral lessons are taught at a time.

Start with a basic “Come on” command

  • An easy way to call your cat is by making noise. Initially, you can click your tongue, or vocally call your cat by its name. It is better to call before feeding the pet. Your cat will be able to relate the noise with something good for him – FOOD in this case of course. You can consider diced chicken or turkey, low-sodium tuna, meat-flavored baby food. Eventually, it will come to you when it hears. Continue this for few feeding times and then practice it outside the normal feeding time also.

  • Another method is treating the pet. Make the sound, let him hear, and when he comes to you, treat with tuna, dry foods or even warm milk!

  • Unique and identical sounds are more effective, so you can try this with a clicker also.

  • Practice this over and over, but restrict it up to two sessions a day with repeat actions upto 15 – 20 times.

Flaunt a “Hi Five” or “Shake Paw” command of your Cat in front of your guests.

This trick is not that tough. Trust me, it is better than it sounds. All cats sit peacefully, so you can carry out this trick easily, as for this you need your pet to sit. As it comes near you ask it to SIT. Treat him (not always with food please) by a simple pat on his back. Then raise your hand as if you are asking to stop. Help your cat to do so, then make his paws touch your hand.

  • You can make this more interesting if you stick small balls, decorative stars, or simple household things in the middle of your hand. It will make your cat interested and will try to snatch it and end it with shaking the paw with you.

  • You can also use a clicker to train your cat to ask something before snatching it away.

Train your Pet to Use your Toilet (and, Get Rid of Regular Litter Cleaning)

It does take time, even for any professional cat sitter, but as I have mentioned earlier “Practice is the best solution“.

  • Start with placing the litter box adjacent your toilet.

  • Then gradually take it closer and closer to the seat.

  • Finally, place it over the seat. Have patience, as your cat may take a couple of months to grow this habit.

  • As your pet gets accustomed to the process, you can replace it with a special litter box that fits exactly within the toilet.

  • A few months after your cat gets the habit, you are free to remove the litter box completely!

  • Save time on litter and enjoy a cleaner home.

When you leave your pet alone for a few days… how to deal?

Cat, and any other pet will feel sad when their (pet) parent leaves them for other important assignments. Though you cannot cheer him up, as work is also important, but you can simplify the situation by a pet sitting arrangement. But prior to that, you need to train your cat, so that it remains friendly, calm and candid when administered by any pet sitter!

Many owners prefer harness with a leash at the cat’s back. It can be good when you leave it for a couple of days, but at times can be dangerous too. Many pet sitters are also against this policy. So, you should talk to your sitter beforehand. A low budget pet sitting can be a better alternative for your loved one.

If you made up your mind to train your cat, but facing certain trouble, you can contact your nearby trainer or any experienced pet sitter in your area. But before that, be sure that the person is skilled enough to tackle the situation and is passionate about animals.

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