How to train your kitten
The cat and dog debate is as hot a topic among pet owners as choosing the right pet food – natural or commercial. For most pet owners, dogs are a lot easier to train because their motivation to learn is more varied than that of a cat.
The fundamental difference between dog and cat Training
If there is such a thing as learning among dogs and cats, and all animals for that matter, the fundamental difference is that dogs are able to respond to different behavioral stimulation. Dogs can be trained by using a system of reward and correction. The reward can be in the form of food treats as well as a pat in the back or more times snuggling together on the couch. For a cat, food is the most important motivation because of their primarily predatory instincts.
So, training a cat is possible. You just have to use their primary motivation for learning. Like dogs, they need to be able to associate a pleasurable experience with a certain activity.
Kitten training tips
Although there are no clear-cut rules on how you can train your pet cat, it is no secret that you will need tons of patience and miles-long of perseverance to achieve a certain level of trained behavior in your pet cat.
Train your cat to associate a certain task with food. You may need to do this every chance you get, especially when they need something from you. It is generally advisable to start with a very simple trick before moving on to more complicated ones.
Since your cat is motivated by food, you can try to train him to attempt reaching for his food that has been tied to a rope dangling over the floor. You can use food treats that are of high quality such as pieces of tuna or chunks of leftover chicken. Do not give them the same kind of food treat you give dogs because their personality has something more to do about being independent.
How to discipline a kitten
Make sure your cat knows that you are teaching him something new. You can place his favorite food treat in front of him and wait for him to recognize the food treat. You then slowly move this food treat around him until he tips his head up and sits on his behind. Practice this several times until he ‘learns’ the routine.In some instances, it may be advisable to use a device known as a clicker to train your cat to associate the sound of the clicker with food. Every time you produce sound, you give your cat a treat. Perform this many times until the sound of the clicker becomes almost synonymous with food; then you can begin training your cat other tricks.
The key to successful training is for you to keep the play and training sessions short. Like any other living organism, cats will grow tired as well. A good 10-15 minutes of playing and practicing at least a couple of times every day should be more sensible than devoting one whole day of training.One important thing you need to always keep in mind is that your cat’s personality is generally motivated by respect. By understanding his need to be independent, you do not want to force your cat to do something he does not like. So train your cat one trick at a time.