Effectively Training Your Pet Cat
Wed, April 14, 2021

Effectively Training Your Pet Cat

Some of them believe that having a cat is a lot more difficult than keeping a dog. This is because kittens can be stubborn compared to giddy puppies / Photo by: Axel Bueckert via 123RF

 

It’s a debate as old as time. Though the Neanderthals couldn't care less about whether or not they preferred canines or felines (probably because the ancient versions of both were trying to eat them!), modern pet owners and pet enthusiasts have been stuck in this tug-of-war. Some of them believe that having a cat is a lot more difficult than keeping a dog. This is because kittens can be stubborn compared to giddy puppies.

Cats certainly have an independent streak and can be feisty sometimes. Hills Pet Nutrition, an American company that produces dog and cat foods, mentioned that before you decide to train a cat, there are things that an owner has to know. Effective discipline can take a lot of trial and error, and like any other creature that walks on this planet, cats are different from one another. 

Kittens, for example, must be taught how to live in their owner’s home first before the owner sets the rules. Cat owners must provide the needs of their cats in order for the cats to follow their requests. For example, if you want your kitten to sleep in its own bed,  you must purchase or make an appropriate sleeping place for them to get comfortable in. 

Understand Their Behavior

Cats are wonderful and complicated creatures. Kittens are their babies and, like humans, they are still in the process of learning about the world around them and what behavior is acceptable and what isn’t through positive and negative reinforcement. The Spruce Pets, an online resource that provides information about pet training and health, said on their website that when they misbehave, you must understand that they are not trying to do it intentionally, and they are simply learning how to behave. 

Don’t let your frustration get to you and remember that even the most stubborn and insubordinate feline can be tamed through different training methods. Catological, a website that provides thousands of cat parents the proper information for their kitties, mentioned that pet owners don't have to spend a lot of money to have an acclaimed cat behaviorist or pet trainer, but cat parents can still train their kitty by themselves using an effective method in the comfort of their own home.

Stop Comparing Them With Dogs

If you have a pet dog, you might think that disciplining a cat is somehow similar to how you handle a dog. Unfortunately, this is a misconception that most pet owners have to debunk. Cats and dogs are very different animals. They don’t learn in the same way at all. Dogs might engage in the training process by paying attention to their pet parent’s commands, but your cat won’t heed your requests that easily. 

Unlike cats, dogs are more social because they have evolved together with humans throughout the decades. Pet Central, a website that provides articles about animals, stated that they have developed a very purposeful relationship with each other. Teena Patel, a certified dog trainer and founder of the University of Doglando, a provider of canine enrichment and training programs, said that humans haven’t developed the same kind of relationship with domesticated cats. 

Dogs are pack animals and are highly social. They naturally assume a certain role in the family structure, and they readily respond to verbal commands and signals. Dogs were originally domesticated to perform services for humans such as herding, guarding, and hunting. They have since become dependent on humans for direction, sustenance, and affection. Cats, on the other hand, were never domesticated like dogs.

Cats and dogs are very different animals. They don’t learn in the same way at all / Photo by: Susan Richey-Schmitz via 123RF

 

Physical Discipline

Training a pet can be frustrating, especially if you have a stubborn feline. However, it goes without saying that one should never hurt a cat while disciplining them. Cats are intolerant of human forms of punishment, but once you display physical dominance, you will break your bond with them. Despite all the biting and scratching, never hold down, shake, or hit your cat. 

Physically harming your cat can actually make the situation worse and cause her to lash out at you or become withdrawn. They also have a hard time associating physical punishment with their bad behavior. If training becomes too difficult, it is suggested to call reinforcement like family members or even a personal trainer to intervene with the said training. 

Manage Their Bad Behavior

In order to stop your cat from scratching furniture in your house, you might have to provide a desirable scratching surface. Pet owners can buy scratching posts that vary in price and style, as this will provide the cat with a selection to choose from. Adding a small amount of catnip to the scratching post can make it more appealing to the cat. 

Aside from that, pet owners must reward their kitty with positive reinforcement every single time. Focus on the pleasant experience by giving them kitten treats and speak to your cat softly.

Training a pet can be frustrating, especially if you have a stubborn feline. However, it goes without saying that one should never hurt a cat while disciplining them / Photo by: stokkete via 123RF