Overview – Cat Training
Contrary to popular belief, cat training is possible – some cats can be just as trainable as dogs. Sometimes, however, the independent nature of cats can make certain training procedures a bit tricky, but if you maintain an understanding attitude toward the task of cat training, your frustrations will be minimal and your reward plentiful.
Basic Cat Training
The first task to undertake when training a cat is to train your cat to walk on a leash. The should be done at an early age, and will get the cat to accept being on a leash which will allow you to; exercise the cat, make sure the cat is safe when you take it outside, and take the cat away from the house with you.
Before training your cat to wear a leash, it is important to get it used to wear a halter first. Halters are favorable to collars because they offer more control of your cat.
Start by just letting your cat wear the halter around the house. When you start the cat training, begin with small time intervals (10 to 15 minutes at first) and work up until your cat will wear the halter all day without a problem.
After this has been done, then attach a leash to the halter (don’t hold on to the leash, just let your cat drag it around). Use the same process, until the cat will wear a leash with no problems. Make sure to not let the catwalk around this way unsupervised – if the leash snags it can do damage to the cat.
Next, it is time to walk the cat around the house, while you hold it’s leash – once the cat is used to this, you can begin taking it outside on the leash.
You can train cats to understand many of the same commands you would teach a dog. Cats are much more stubborn, but it can be done.
As always, when cat training, make sure to reward your cat with a treat – positive reinforcement like this will help the process along.
Litter Training A Kitten
Feline training to make sure a kitten to use litter is very important. Luckily, kittens are instinctively drawn to litter or dirt – as a result, housebreaking usually involves minimal effort for the cat trainer.
Make sure to allow easy access of your kitten to a litter box at all times, the rest should take care of itself.
Socializing Your Cat
As with puppies, a kitten’s socialization period falls between 3 and 12 weeks of age. During this short time, a kitten will learn who it is, who you are, and who and what all of those other living, moving beings in its surroundings are as well.
When training cats it is important to introduce the kitten to members of its species as well as members of other species (including humans).
Be careful, when cat training your feline to be social in this delicate timeframe, it is important not to allow the cat to have any traumatic experiences in any way. This could scar the cat permanently during its cat training, and alter its behavior going forward.