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.
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.