Fitting your new cat into your lifestyle could prove difficult at first but there are a few things you could train your cat or cats to do that will in turn develop the behavioral traits of your cat. Stick around because we’re going to help you train your cat not to bite, how to behave and as an extra, how to play fetch. At the end you’ll find some simple tips to getting the best out of your new or already existing pet.
For these tips to effective, you need to understand how cats think and what inspires behavior in them. Cats unlike dog don’t have a desire to please you so you need to understand that your cat is only inspired by incentives and to some extent ‘’punishment’’, Cats don’t respond to yelling of any sort so you need to be patient and consistent if you want results.
TRAINING YOUR CAT TO BEHAVE
As highlighted above, you have to figure out the best incentive for your cat before beginning anything. It can be a ball, milk or anything your cat really enjoys, you might want to get a spray bottle and fill with water, the trick is to spray her directly in the face whenever she misbehaves (avoid spraying behind the ears) if done consistently she will pick the cue and avoid acts that will attract the ‘’punishment’’
You don’t want to vex your cat so make sure to throw an incentive her way when she behaves well. Gently move her from scratching your furniture to a scratching point and if she paws at it, she definitely deserves some chips.
PS: Placing aluminium foil over your furniture scares cats off, you could do that till she gets used to staying off them totally.
TRAINING YOUR CAT NOT TO BITE
Cats are instinctive biters so this might be one of the difficult ones, and requires a lot of patience and consistency. The idea is to engage your cat in a play fight till she bites and you will have to do this repeatedly, make sure to stop once her claws and teeth are outstretched so you won’t accidently start a real fight.
After doing this a couple of times, you will want to ignore the cat and let her come around. Identify her sensitive spots like; behind the ears, tail, around her nose and touch her around those parts till she wants to attack. You can stop at this point and offer a treat… try touching it at the parts gently while it eats till it gets used to your touch and slowly pass around all these parts till you have a cat whose meow is stronger than her bite!
TRAINING YOUR CAT TO PLAY FETCH
You must get used to the fact that felines love pleasure and will really do anything to get it,… they are not dogs and they’re not really looking to please you so this too will take a lot of patience, consistency and great understanding of the moods of your pet. You don’t want to suggest fetch training during your pet’s meal or nap times if not you’ll get little or no response.
It’s advisable to train your cat using it’s favorite ball or toy by continuously tossing it while saying FETCH! Don’t forget to reward it if it fetches it, this might take some time so make sure to be patient and avoid yelling because that won’t do any good. If she’s not cooperative over a long period it’ll help to give it a rest and try after some time.
Training your pet is really as easy as buying one if you pay attention to these tips:
Reward with a treat and Punish with a spray in the face.
Figure out favorite incentive
Spend quality time with your pet daily
Take the time to train your cat
Learn to use NO for serious issues only (stopping her from scratching the furniture)
Respect your Cat.