Despite what most people believe, cats actually can be trained. Well to some degree at least. Teaching your cat how to modify or change its behavior can help to ensure that you have a healthy and happy relationship with your pet. Here are some basic cat training tips to help you get started.
Litter Box Training Tips & Cat Spraying
Usually, it isn’t too hard to train your cat how to use the litter box. By nature, cats tend to be clean and are naturally inclined to bury their own waste.
Set a clean, uncovered litter box within a confined area inside your home like a closed room and then place your cat in the litter box. If your cat ends up going outside of the litter box, put the waste inside of it. Usually, within a couple of days of being placed in the litter box, your cat will start using the box on a regular basis.
If your cat is still not using the litter box, make sure it is clean and try a different type of litter. If this doesn’t work, we recommend Cat Spraying No More – how to stop your cat peeing outside the litter box for good.
Here are some tips to help modify your cat’s behaviour if it isn’t doing something you don’t like. The first thing you need to do is try to understand why your cat is behaving the way it is. For example, if your cat is clawing at the furniture, keep in mind it that is a survival instinct.
Give your cat something else to claw instead of your furniture, such as a scratching post. Use positive reinforcement to reward your cat for good behavior. So when it claws the scratching post instead of your sofa, reward your cat with a treat.
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You can also work to train away aggressive behavior like scratching or biting. When your cat starts to scratch or bite, make a hissing sound or clap your hands to startle it into stopping the behaviour.
Then walk away. Do this anytime your cat starts to get aggressive so it learns what the consequences are.