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Tips on Training Your Cat

If you are the owner of a cat, you will need to train it well so that it does not have complex behavioral issues. Training a cat is not a very hard task and you can do it yourself without professional aid. There are simple and practical ways in which you can make your pet a well-disciplined one without any destructive behavioral issues.

The following are some helpful tips on training your cat in a stress-free and easy manner-
  1. Never scold your cat. A cat is a very emotional pet and generally does not respond well when punished verbally. Never hit or beat a cat. This will lend it to distrust you. It is always wise to be kind and understanding. These qualities will help you in positive reinforcement training of your cat.
  2. In case, you frighten your kitten from a very early age you will face behavioral problems with your cat when they grow into an adult. When you are training your cat never use fear. It usually destroys the bond that both of you share. The best policy is to use reinforcement in a positive manner. This is constructive and an integral part of any cat training program. Remember cats tend to become destructive in they do not receive loving and kind attention from their owners.
  3. Cats love playing. Do not forget to play with your cats on a regular basis. Playing games with your cats will help them follow your behavior. You are able to teach them skills in social interaction in a positive and fun manner.
  4. Keeping your cat on a regular schedule helps it to be well-trained. Like human beings cats too tend to keep a routine. They embrace it in their daily lifestyle. As the owner of your cat you are in complete control of their routine. Try to establish the best possible schedule for your cat. You have the power to do this. Feed your cat at regular intervals so that they do not become hungry between meals. Do not forget to praise your cat regularly. They respond well to praises as they are always looking for ways to please you with their behavior.
  5. Make sure the environment you give your cat is cat-friendly. Do not smoke indoors as smoking tends to irritate the respiratory system of your pet. There are chances that your pet gets asthma if you smoke on a regular basis.
  6. Cats are very sensitive to surfaces that are abrasive. They often may use your furniture as a scratching post. In order to avoid them scratching at your furniture use a double sided sticky tape on the outside of the furniture. They do not like sticky surfaces and that stops them from scratching. There are special cat scratching posts available in the market and you can buy one for your home. In this manner you can help to avert the destructive behavior in your cat.
  7. When you are training your cat and it responds to you well, give them little treats. This helps a lot. They understand that you are happy and make an attempt to please you. They are practical and they respond well to cat treats in the form of little food bribes.
  8. Litter training comes naturally to a cat. This is good news for you. A new cat needs to be shown around a few times before it gets to know the right place for disposal. This will take a few days as they pick up well and remember the place too.

Thus, the above tips on training your cat help you to make it disciplined and obedient. In this manner you can be relaxed and not worry about behavior issues of your lovable pet.

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