Cat Training

Are cats really trainable? Are they worth it?

Cats are known to be very independent and have their own world. But can a cat learn tricks from a human trainer?

People who own cats think that their pet is just too arrogant or moody that they don’t even listen whenever their owner talks to them. Cat owners feel that cats cannot be trained. However, this is merely not true. Almost all kinds of animals can be trained as long as they know and understand what you want them to do. So if you think it is impossible to train a cat, maybe you are just not doing it right.

A cat is definitely trainable but you should have and the time and patience in the world. A dog is easier to train than that of the cat.

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, don’t scold your cat because she is likely to just misbehave when you aren’t looking.  Instead, praise good behavior.

Cats can learn even at a very young age. The best age to train a cat is eight to ten weeks old.

How do you start? The simplest trick you can teach your cat is when you call him by her name and she comes. Bribe you cat with her favorite toy and then call her name. Just be sure that she is in good mood when you are doing the training. Also make sure that there are no moving things and loud noise around so that she will not get distracted. If she gets distracted, it will slow her down and can make confusion. Use only one short command so that it will be easy for her to remember. The command “here kitty” or “come kitty” always works.

Get down on the floor and try giving the command. Be sure that your voice is in good tone and a happy one. If she approaches you, give her a reward like a treat or something. Also appreciate her by feeling her body and letting her know that she did the right thing. The goal of the exercise is to let her memorize your tone and the command. Try doing this during the whole day and for several weeks. Once you notice that she already know the command, you can go try something else.

Leash and Harness use

Try putting the harness on your cat. If it is already in place and she does not panic, try praising her for doing the right thing. Provide treats if needed. Once the harness does not bother her anymore, put on the leash and let her walk throughout the area. Give her treats and praises for following you.

Crate use

Cats love to stay in warm and dark places. A crate would be a good place to keep her. However, she may try to go out once you place him inside the crate. First, put a blanket inside the crate so she will feel comfortable once inside. Next thing, put her favorite toy inside the crate so she would be happy staying inside. Give her treats once she stays inside. If she tries to go out, do not praise him and try to put her back in. But during the first tries, let her stay for 3 to 5 minutes only then take her out. Do not forget to give her rewards once she behaves inside. After sometime, put her back again but this time, make her stay a little longer, maybe 5 to 10 minutes. Time will pass that she will get used to staying inside the crate.

(Source: blog.yourcatstree.com)

How much cat litter do you put in the box?

imageYou can easily fill the litter box with too much litter when you actually probably think that it is a good idea. Its actually counterproductive and it doesn’t matter if you buy the best cat litter in the world if you put too much in it can create multiple problems for your cat.

Not Enough Cat Litter

If you do not use enough litter in the box it will start to have odor problems as the urine and feces will settle to the bottom and sit there as there will be nowhere for it to absorb into. This certainly sounds like and awful mess and your cat surely will not like it. Your cat will not want to go in the litter box and it may or will start going elsewhere to do its business.

Too Much Litter in the Box

Filling the litter box too full is not only wasteful but it will be found all over your house especially if you have a box that is not very tall as your cat may like to kick it out of the box. Cats have a natural instinct to cover up their mess and they do so by digging to bury it.  You also will still  have the clean the litter box just as much as if you have the right amount in the box.

So how much litter do I use ?

you will want to fill the litter box with an even layer of cat litter of your choice that is about 3 to 4 inches deep.  Your cat will be comfortable with this amount as it will give them ample litter to dig and cover their mess and they will leave the box happy. If you have multiple cats you will need to get more than one litter box.

You will want to keep the litter box fresh so as you clean it daily you will want to top off the litter weekly to keep it maintained at the level suitable for you furry friend.

Clean the Litter Box Often

You will want to clean your litter box at least daily if not twice a day to keep it fresh and inviting for you cat.  You will want to completely throw out the litter at least once a month to give it a good scrubbing. If you can smell the litter box then it is way overdue for a cleaning.

 

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Sparta and Pebbles , siblings digging the disco ball! These cats are super fun!

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What kind of cat should I get? Male or Female?

So you are at the point where you have made up your mind that you want a cat but you are undecided about whether or not you should get a male or female cat. You may have it already set in your mind which one you would prefer however there are some things to think about before choosing your cat. You may also be lucky enough that your cat chooses you and you don’t have to choose which one.

Female vs Male Cat

As far as personality goes there isn’t a huge difference between the sexes on how they act if they are neutered.  However if a male cat is unneutered he will fight for territory if he is outdoors and if he is indoors he will spray his scent and make his mark on walls and curtains. Females that have not been neutered can also spray but not as common as males. Female cats that have not been neutered will drive you insane when they go into season as they will be constantly making loud yowling sounds and making bizzare body gyrations around the house which can be very disrupting and unpleasant.  

So on the other hand , once the male or female cats have been spayed they will be much more loving and loyal. It doesn’t make a huge difference when choosing a cat if you get a male or female unless you plan on not spaying them.

 

Newest additions to our family. This was my daughters big Christmas present. She has been wanting a pet for a very long time . I was only going to get one kitty but everyone that I talked to recommended getting two because they can play with eachother and wont get lonely when we are away. It is working out wonderfully. They are sisters.. Sparta and Pebbles…
So cute! Part coon cats.. :)

Newest additions to our family. This was my daughters big Christmas present. She has been wanting a pet for a very long time . I was only going to get one kitty but everyone that I talked to recommended getting two because they can play with eachother and wont get lonely when we are away. It is working out wonderfully. They are sisters.. Sparta and Pebbles…

So cute! Part coon cats.. :)

Cat Communication: Why a Cat May Meow to Excess

Meowing: A Cat to Human Type of Communication

Cats express themselves to humans by meowing. So, if you have a cat that is meowing excessively, you’ll need to determine the cause for the discourse.

Meowing May be a Sign of Sickness

One of the common reasons a cat may meow to distraction is that he may be sick. So, if your usually placid cat suddenly begins a chorus of meows, you’ll need to see if she is suffering from an illness or injury. Check over your feline thoroughly and see if you can find any sores or abrasions. Also, check her eyes or ears for discharge as well. Observe her behavior and see if she is tending to walk on one paw versus another. Naturally, once you resolve the health issue, the meowing will stop as well.

Does Your Cat Want You to Do Something for Her?

Cats also loudly make their presence known with a reverberating meow if they want you to do something for them. That could mean emptying your cat’s litter box, giving her food, or letting her in or out the door. Obviously, taking care of her needs in this regard will quiet her vocals too.

Cats Meow When They Perceive a Threat

Cats may also signal their owners by meowing when something isn’t right. In fact, some cats turn into a feline watch dog at times. If the cat notes a threat, such as another cat, dog, or similar intruder, he may not only meow but may also take to snarling and hissing. Unfortunately, this kind of vocalization may last a while if the trespasser does not immediately leave the area.

Cats Also Meow When They Want Attention

You may hear your cat meowing as well if she wants your attention, particularly if she wants to snuggle in your lap or get petted. Of course, that need is usually based on your cat’s schedule rather than your own. So, if you are not exactly relaxing or sitting down, you’ll have to listen to your cat’s chorus until you provide her with some companionship.

Siamese Cats Meow More than Other Cats

Cat owners who own certain breeds are subjected to listening to more meows as well. The most outspoken cat in this regard is the Siamese.

Dealing with a new cat in the household

Getting a new pet can be a very exciting time for many people, and chances are that when you get your new pet in the door, the first thing that you will want to do is play with it and spend as much time with it as you possibly can.

When you buy a new cat it’s not as simple as just bringing it home and letting it loose in your house, there’s certain precautions that you have to take and preparations that you have to make to ensure that your house is ready for a cat, and it’s crucial that you do this before the cat arrives, to ensure that everything goes smoothly once you have the new member of the family.

Dealing with a new pet can be difficult because you have no idea how they are going to react in given situations and each cat is completely different. Some cats are timid, some are very aggressive and one your first meeting it’s hard to work out exactly what your cat is going to be like. Over time, you will start to learn more about your cat and this will become easier.

In the meantime however, it’s really important that you cat-proof your home to make sure that your cat is in a safe environment and that your home and precious furniture remain in one piece, here are some quick and easy tips to follow to ensure that your home and your furniture are safe:

  • Cords and wires – make sure that your electrical cords and wires are tied away and well out of reach of your cat. Cats tend to eat anything that they see and although a wire can look like a yummy delicacy, it can in turn lead to electrocution and serious injuries to your cat. Make sure they are tied away before your cat comes home

  • Toilets – make sure that where possible you leave the toilet lid down. When the lid is up cats can potentially climb into the bowl and drown

  • Blinds and strings – make sure any curtain strings or blind wires are well out of the reach of your cat. If a cat pulls on these it can potentially be strangled. It’s also worth noting the importance of keeping windows closed so that your cat does not accidentally fall out

  • Secure your food – cats are hungry creatures and if they see or smell something that looks remotely edible chances are they will have a crack at it. If you leave food out from the night before, or if you just happen to keep food on the bench, make sure that you put it away.

  • Plants – if you don’t want your plants eaten or parts pulled off them, then I suggest you keep plants firmly out of the sight and reach of your cat. Cats are incredibly agile and can reach great heights, so it’s important that you stow your plants safely away from any potential grasp that your cat has.

How to Turn an Outdoor into an Indoor Cat

Indoor Cats Live Longer and Lead More Comfortable Lives

To ensure that your cat leads a long and healthy life, it’s important to keep him inside. Indoor cats can live up to twenty years compared to outdoor adventurers, whose life expectancy is greatly reduced. Outdoor cats can succumb to all sorts of outside threats (dogs, moving cars, and wild animals). So, keeping your pet safely inside is imperative.

Kittens Can Adjust to Living Indoors Quite Easily

Keeping a cat confined to your home will not be too much of a problem if you raise the cat from kittenhood. After all, kittens have not yet become familiarized with the Great Outdoors. So, they really have no reason to look beyond the confines of their living area. However, if you take in an older cat that is used to being outside, you’ll have to practice some patience and perseverance to get him to stay inside.

Provide Your Cat with Indoor Exercise – Furnish Him with a Cat Tree

Give a cat you want to convert a chance to become acclimated to his inside environment. Allow him to explore his new living space. To ensure that he gets enough exercise and can quickly adjust to his surroundings, provide him with a cat tree with all the amenities. Make sure that the furnishing is sturdy and is the proper size. A small cat tree that is 27 to 43 inches in height should suffice for a smaller cat while a medium-sized cat tree, or one that is 47” to 52” in height, is recommended for a larger cat.

The Ideal Cat Tree

Cat trees should come with towers and shelves as well as tunnels where your cat can hide. Make sure that the accessory gives your cat plenty of opportunity to do all the things cats like to do, such as climb, stretch, jump, scratch, or take a nap. The ideal cat tree then should offer such features as:

  • Solid wood construction;

  • A condo or bungalow where your cat can hide or relax;

  • Several perches;

  • A covering of faux fur for comfort;

  • A scratching post made with sisal rope;

  • A variety of levels; and

  • Easy assembly.

Don’t Let Your Cat Out of the House Even if He Yowls

A former outdoor cat can quickly get used to the idea of living indoors if he has a cat tree at his disposal. To make the idea even more palatable, you might even position the tree next to a window. In making the conversion, never permit your cat to go outside even if he gives you pleading looks and cries. Distract him instead by leaving low-calories treats on the perches of his cat tree or lure him away from any entryway with a favorite cat toy.

It Takes About Four Months to Make the Transition

Redirecting an outdoor cat to living inside may take some time (typically about four months). However, with some patience and perseverance it ultimately can be done.

Bringing a Stray Cat Home When You Already Have Cats

 

It’s hard to resist a stray cat or kitten you find on the street or on your property, especially if they’re very small and cute or very socialized and you suspect they were put out by a previous owner. It’s difficult – perhaps impossible – to leave them to their fate, and sometimes we all have the urge to spare them the trip to the shelter and the possible consequences of that trip, but if you already have cats at home, you have to plan ahead before bringing that adorable or pathetic new critter home. Don’t let your altruistic instincts make you forget your existing responsibility to your existing pets; you have to safeguard their health and safety as well.



Take the Stray to the Vet First. Even if they appear perfectly healthy and friendly, and even if they are wearing a collar, take your newfound friend to your veterinarian first. Stray cats, even if they’ve only been out in the wild for a short time, may have diseases or may be behind on their vaccinations – or never had them in the first place. They may have worms or other non-obvious conditions, almost certainly have fleas, and will more than likely bring some level of misery to your existing pets if you bring them straight home. If your stray is older, make sure they have been neutered or spayed.

Consider the Cats You Have. All pet owners know that their pets have their own personalities and tics. Think about your cat or cats and how they will likely react to an intruder in the home – for that is almost certainly how they will regard your new adoptee at first. Even the gentlest of neutered cats  can react violently when faced with an unfamiliar animal. Make a plan for how you will handle the herd when you bring their new sister or brother into the house.

Have a Separation Plan. Your cats will have to live separate lives for a while before they can mingle. Have a plan in place for your new adoptee to have a room of their own, complete with food, water, and litter box. If you let the cats mingle right away there will be all out war and injuries. Once the mood of your other cats mellows a bit, you can begin a program of swapping bedding for a few days to let the cats get used to each other’s smell, then some supervised play time through a slightly open door (preventing cats from getting in or out of the room) and then, when you feel the situation is under control, supervised play time in the same space. Another tactic that works is swapping who is in the room and who has the run of the house for a night.

Keep Up Traditions. When your new cat is roaming freely, don’t forget your older cats. Keep up the schedule and traditions you had with them, whether it’s special games or special treats. Form new ones for your new addition instead of usurping existing interactions. Your older cats must be reassured that they have not lost their place.

Use Discipline. When the cats are co-existing, be careful to break up fights and to punish aggressive behaviour with water bottles or other non-physical discipline. Remember that aggressive behaviour sometimes manifests weeks or months after a seemingly successful integration, so be on alert for any new behaviours on display.

It’s a good thing to be willing to take in an animal in need. Don’t turn it into a mistake by rushing into it or failing to take the proper precautions!



About the author: Jackie McLellan and her family are based in Scotland and are animal mad, living with dogs, cats, rabbits and sheep. Jackie breeds beautiful Australian Labradoodle puppies and regularly has puppies for sale.

How to Get Your Cat to Exercise

Developing a Workout Plan for Your Cat to Keep Him Lean and Healthy

While it may not be possible for you to train your kitty to exercise on a treadmill, you can regularly involve him in some playtime activities. By keeping your cat’s weight in check, you’ll also increase his lifespan and overall enjoyment of life. The following tips then can help you develop a workout plan for your cat.

Check with Your Veterinarian before You Develop a Playtime Routine

Naturally, before you begin exercising your cat, check with your veterinarian first. Make sure your feline companion is in good health before introducing him to any additional activity.

Encourage Your Cat to Move and Stay Active

Keep your cat slim and streamlined by getting your feline moving. One way to offer encouragement is by setting out paper items that will pique his interest. Inspire movement by placing out paper bags or tissue paper to get him involved in play. Give him fresh catnip too and make sure he has plenty in the way of toys that he can regularly chase.

Cat Trees Increase Activity Levels Too

Cat trees are great furnishings to use to encourage climbing and play and come with scratching posts to further motivate movement.

Get a Another Cat

In addition, if you only own one cat, you may think about getting him a companion. Cats are more likely to move around and play when another cat is introduced into the household. Get an extra large cat tree so both cats can spend many happy hours at play.

Train Your Cat Some Tricks

You might also think about training your cat some tricks. For example, teach her to scale her cat tree by offering some low-calorie goodies. Or, use the same approach by teaching her to run to you whenever she’s called.

(Source: blog.yourcatstree.com)