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Were you recently given or brought a new cat into your home? How fun! There's nothing better than little meows from a fluffy cat or the soft purr of a new cat friend. We're sure you're taking in all the love you can handle. Besides, if you are a new cat owner, you may wonder how to best care for your pet.
Before doing anything else, think about what you want your cat to take away from this experience? Do you want to fix your cat's bad habits (such as clawing the furniture) or teach it some new skills such as following commands? How you go about introducing a new behavior will be determined by the strategy used. Once you've selected what you're going to work on, you and your pet can begin moving ahead together. In cat training, some frequent goals include:
The first step is to locate the litterbox. It should be easily accessible. It should also be close by. The most essential thing is to keep the litter box clean.
Praise and encourage your cat when they finish. But don't reprimand it for accidents outside the litter box because you could make them anxious or terrified.
You need to know when and why your cat bites. Does it bite you when you don't treat it with respect? Or during playtime, your cat starts to bite and scratch you, you should stop the play right away. Stand or sit still, and don't do anything with your pet. You should try not to shout or hit them because it may get angry, become aloof, or lost respect at you when you're doing so.
If your cat is scratching on your furniture, it may be because they require some scratching themselves. Keep its claws in shape by providing them with a scratching post. Distract your cat with a startling, unusual sound anytime you see him engaging in undesirable behavior. There won't be a panic, but they'll know about it. Make an effort to utilize the same sound each time you create a new sound effect.
When you call your cat, show them a bag of their favorite treats. When they come to you, you should reward them. Soon, they will be able to link their name to the tasty reward. You can stop giving them treats when they're ready and start giving them praise and head scratches instead.
Lessons must be adjusted to your cat's mood and interest. Cats have shorter attention spans than other animals and like to do things their way. To teach your pet, you must do so when and for as long as they are interested. The most successful training sessions are short, frequent, and natural. Three things to remember is being calm, patient, and persistent: Even if your cat is slow, don't give up! They are strong-willed and independent, so you will need to be patient with them as they need to be trained.
Even though cats can learn many things at once, it is preferable to teach cats one thing at a time. Before going on to the next objective, be sure your cat has mastered the first one.
Cats respond very well to a reward system that gives them things they like. Our favorite pets love to do things that make them happy. So, when your cat does something well, give her a pat, a scratch, or a treat to show her how well it did. As a bonus, you can also use the "clicker" every time you give them an award. This way, they will be able to connect the goal, the reward, and the clicker's sound. Every time they hear the clicker, they will know that they did an excellent job.
Cats dislike being punished most of the time. This isn't beneficial for the pet and may cause tension or anxiety. Instead, attempt to stop your cat from doing anything wrong. When you observe them scratching the furniture, make a loud noise (like "whoah!"). The action is halted when the cat gets in the way. Avoid using phrases like "hey" or "no." This is to ensure they don't get mixed up when they hear these sounds in different places.
Generally, it's a good idea to engage your family and regular guests in your training. Everyone should be aware of your ultimate objective and the strategy you plan to use to achieve it. Suppose you see your cat scratching the couch. In that case, you must respond the same way as everyone else and uses the same remedy.
Working with our pets is crucial. Our cats will be better protected from potentially hazardous behaviors if we correct our cats' incorrect conduct and provide better care, teaching them to be sociable and pleasant. To top it all off, working on amusing tricks with your cat is fun. You and your cat will have a blast, and you'll develop a stronger friendship!