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From Scratch to Perfection: A Beginner’s Guide to Cat Training

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Many people believe that training a cat is a challenge and that they don’t respond to training in the same ways that a dog would. However, with the right training methods, you can easily train your cat to develop good habits and follow your commands.

When training a cat, you want to start with very simple steps and familiarize your pet with basic acts like using a litter box, no biting or scratching, no jumping on the furniture, and following commands, among many other things. 

To help you get started, take a look at this comprehensive guide on training a cat for beginners, which will help you create a special bond with your cat and get to know more about your feline friend.

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Things you should train your cat first!

1. Sit On Command

Training your kitten can start by teaching a simple behavior like sitting on command. Right after you ask your kitten to sit, you can use a clicker or voice commands like ‘yes’ and ‘good job’ when his or her bottom hits the ground.

As soon as your kitten sits, bring out a reward, like treats or cat food. If your kitten tries to stand up on their hind feet to get the reward, move the treat away to show that he or she needs to sit, as you commanded, to receive the reward.

2. Use the Bed and the Crate

Even the most comfortable cat beds will only be useful if you can train your kitten to use it. The same thing applies to crates, as you’ll have a lot of trouble traveling with a cat that does not want to be in a crate.

Whether it is the bed or the crate, you can start by using food as encouragement. Place your kitten’s meal on the cat bed or inside the crate. Let the kitten freely use this space, so your pet learns to enjoy it.

3. Developing Kitten’s Socialization Skills

Kittens have their prime socialization period between 2-7 weeks of age. If you don’t let your kitten socialize with other kittens, animals, or people, you’re just raising a cat who will get nervous with the slightest change in the environment.

4. Safe Playing Techniques

Playing with them is a great way for you to bond with your pet and also let them positively expend energy. However, you shouldn’t ever allow rough play with your kitten. Your kitten needs to know that it’s never okay to use its claws and teeth on your skin. Use toys to play in your kitchen to teach them appropriate play behavior. Get a ball, catnip, or even feathers on a stick, and show your kitten to only play rough with those items.

5. Proper Feeding Etiquette

You may already be aware that many of the common foods that humans eat are unsuitable for kittens, such as raisins, grapes, chocolate, garlic, and onions. But that isn’t the only reason you shouldn’t feed a kitten from the dinner table.

Feeding your kitten from the dinner table will make your kitty clamber around each time you sit down to eat. It isn’t a healthy eating habit or a positive behavior because your kitten should only be fed food specifically made for cats and only during mealtimes at appropriate intervals.

6. Training a Kitten to Recognize Their Name

Make sure you use your kitten’s name every time you call him or her because you wouldn’t want your cat to come running when you say something like, ‘Kitty is so cute.’

At what age should I train my cat?

You can start training your cat as soon as you bring him home! there’s no age of when to start train your cat.

How many days does it take to train a cat?

Because cats are their own masters, training must be done at the cat’s own pace.

All cats have different personalities and, in some cases, aspects particular to the breed, however most healthy and happy cats enjoy interaction, play and learning from their mother and owner.

Consider this factors when training your cat!

  • Health – it is important that your cat is in good physical condition before training. Healthy, happy cats learn faster.
  • Sex – the gender of your cat does not affect training ability, however it may be more difficult to train an unneutered male or breeding female.
  • Age – your trainee should not be too young or too old – start around three months, if possible.
  • Friendliness – naturally, a friendly cat is a good choice for a pet and trainee, but even a shy puss has potential. Once they get to know and trust you, they will become loyal and devoted – ideal traits for training. They should be relaxed in your company.
  • Curiosity and playfulness – bright, alert and curious cats are responsive to training.

Is it OK to spray cat with water?

It’s not a good idea to spray cat with water. Let’s see why?

1. It turns you into an obnoxious clown

How would you feel if your best friend were to pull that trick on you? In all likelihood, having water sprayed into your face without warning won’t be very welcome. Chances are you will be keeping your distance from that “friend” in the future.

For your cat, that spray of water is as surprising as a squirt from a fake flower. Kitty was just being a cat, scratching to sharpen his or her claws or perhaps making good use of vertical space in your home by jumping on the countertops

2. It can be hard for your cat to make the connection

Consider this from the cat’s point of view. Kitty was doing something, in a certain location, and got sprayed by you. Which should be avoided in the future? The location? The act? The person who sprayed?

If you’re very lucky, the cat may successfully make the association between the water spray and his or her undesirable behavior. 

3. Your cat can get away with the crime – when you’re not around

Using the water spray method depends on you being around to operate the bottle. If Kitty jumps on the counter while you’re away at work, nothing happens. This means the association you tried to create—jumping on counters causes bad things to happen—doesn’t work anymore. That’s one reason why this method is often ineffective.

4. It’s stressful for your cat

You may encounter them at any point in your daily routine and you just never know when or where that might happen. Can you imagine how stressful that would be? That’s how your cat would feel with the water bottle lurking around.

Kitty needs to feel safe and secure in your home, living free of fear of mysterious unexpected sprays of water. The heightened stress level could lead to health and behavior problems.

5. It doesn’t address the root of the unwanted behavior

If you want to teach your cat to avoid the kitchen counters, you have to first provide her or him with alternative vertical spaces to climb on. If you want to protect your couch from being scratched, the first step must be getting the right kind of scratching post and placing it in the right spot that meets the cat’s needs. If Kitty is peeing on the carpet, you have to figure out why that is happening and address the root of the problem.

Simply trying to deter your cat from any unwanted behavior without providing a suitable solution to his or her needs is an exercise in futility.

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How do I make my cat a well behaved?

Kittens are not at all like puppies. But this doesn’t mean they can’t get trained. Cats are
one of the most intelligent beings and have a perfect blend of mischief and
sophistication in their nature. Training a kitten is similar to raising a child, and as they
say, training them when they are young to turn them into independent and obedient
adults.

With the right kind of training and lots of love and care, kittens can adapt to your family.
If you are a new cat parent and looking for ways to train your baby cat, here are the
tried and tested tips to help you in the process.

Should I neuter my cat?

Neutering means surgically preventing cats from reproducing. In males, the operation is called castration and in females it’s called spaying.

With castration both testicles are removed which takes away the main source of the male hormone testosterone. With spaying, both the ovaries and the uterus are removed which means the female is unable to become pregnant. 

Are male cats more affectionate?

Female cats often get a bad rap as being moody, aloof, and standoffish to all humans, including their owners. This causes many cat owners to prefer male cats over females. Is this assumption that male cats are more affectionate than female cats true?

Unfortunately, it’s incredibly difficult to answer this question because so many factors impact how affectionate a cat is. More important than gender to a cat’s level of affection is its personality, socialization, and sexual health.

If you are interested in learning about the differences between male and female cats, read on. This article explains which of the two genders is more affectionate and what factors to lookout for to ensure that you get a loving and affectionate cat.

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