5 Thing You Are Doing Wrong In Your Cat Training

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Even though cat training looks like mission impossible to some, it’s actually quite doable but needs to be taken seriously, especially if you have more than one feline in your home. Here are 5 don’ts in your cat training that you should stop doing straight away.

Don’t expect your cat to read your mind and do what you say without any training. If you want them to do something, you should gradually nudge them into doing it through positive training and reinforcement. Also, you should teach them an acceptable alternative to their unacceptable behavior, otherwise, old habits die hard.

Know your cat’s temperament before you start your training. Don’t go into an overtraining frenzy, take it slow, and allow your furry friend to learn at their own pace.  If you are more patient, your cat will be more willing to learn.

Pay attention to the moments when your cat is on its best behavior and praise it. Don’t scold them when they do something bad and completely neglect them when they’re doing a good thing. Cats want your attention, and if you pay more attention when they behave badly, that’s exactly what they’ll do.

Cats are instinctive creatures, so don’t try to suppress their instincts. You can’t train your cat into losing them, you will only end up with a nervous and stressed pet. Your better option is to make room and places for them to jump, explore high places on your terms, install some cat shelves and slowly lure your kitty in with some treats or petting. With time, they will learn that this is their place for jumping, while others are (mostly) not.

Cat training doesn’t take up too much of your time. Your kitty will be an A student if you train him or her in short intervals throughout the day. Merge training with your cat’s everyday activities, and just spend couple of minutes teaching them something new. It will be much more manageable for the cat and yourself.