Can you really train a cat?

Have you ever had the opportunity to attend circus acts featuring cats? No or rarely, most certainly! And for good reason, the feline is by nature less sociable than its counterpart the dog who wants to please his master at all costs.

Training a cat is much more complicated. Cunning, patience and psychology, these are the weapons you will need to succeed in instilling good manners.

Reasons to train your cat

Even after very careful training, a cat will never be able to carry out the same commands as those given to a dog. Frisbee parties are therefore not to be considered. However, all is not lost. If it involves a few simple tricks, you can try instilling them in your pet such as pawing, fetching an object, rolling over, or standing on its hind legs.

Either way, cat education shouldn’t be all about learning circus acts. This training should aim to establish a more harmonious relationship between you and kitty. You can teach him to become less aggressive, to be clean, to face situations that make him anxious, not to do anything stupid … In short, the idea is to further strengthen your links and prevent cohabitation from becoming an ordeal , for one as for the other.

Techniques to use to educate kitty

There are several methods you can use to train your pet properly. One of the most popular among educators is the technique of positive reinforcement. You should know that you will not get anything from your cat under duress. It is better to go through this method which aims to reward the attitudes that you appreciate and that you want your feline to repeat

The rewards can come in the form of nice words, hugs, or food. If you go with the latter option, go for really tasty products that you don’t usually give her to make sure you get what you want. Pieces of ham or frankfurter can do the trick. Perform the exercises consistently to get your cat used to obeying your commands. The advantage of positive reinforcement is that it does not cause any stress or fear in the animal, unlike the punishments that cause anxiety or even an aggressive attitude in the feline.

You can combine the technique of positive reinforcement with the click training. This process involves using a clicker that makes a sound when pressed. This tool will become a means of communication between you and the feline. When the latter executes an order, click on the box then give it a treat. In this way, he will understand that he has achieved the desired behavior. The click will become the symbol of positive experience. The ideal is to opt for a soft clicker so as not to frighten the animal with too loud sounds. This advice is especially valid if you have a sensitive cat or a kitten.

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