Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: July 26, 2023 by Crystal Uys
Written by Nicole McCray
Cats can be more complex than dogs when it comes to training them, but this does not mean that they are untrainable. With some time, patience, and effort, you can train your cat.
Why is it Important to Train Your Cat?
According to the veterinarians at Bond Vet clinic, one of the most important reasons to train your cat is getting them familiarized with getting into a carrier. Not only will this make vet visits easier, but it can be vital in an emergency.
Training your cat can help their social skills, promote contentment and reduce anxiety. Training can also enhance your bond with your cat. Training sessions can also provide a fun way to get cats some exercise. Exercising helps your cat feel happy while also banishing boredom.
Let your cat guide you during training. Not all cats will do everything you may want them to do. Focus on behavior that seems to work more naturally for your cat and her personality.
You can train your cat to learn commands with simple clicker training, repetitively using words, and rewarding them when they follow the orders. Some of the basic phrases you can use to train your cat include:
- Find It: Have your cat find their treats and play games with locating treats.
- Sit: Use the clicker every time your cat sits to give him praise. With a lot of practice, your cat will come to sit on cue when commanded.
- Stay: When your cat is lying down, introduce the”stay” command. Always follow with a treat reward every time they stay in place when you gradually back up or walk away.
- Come: Cats can learn to come to you when you develop positive associations with shaking treat bags or containers and reward them when they come.
Leash Train Your Cat
Cats can become accustomed to being on a leash. Leash training can be a great way to allow your cat to safely explore outdoors and provide additional exercise. Not all cats will take to a harness and leash. Try to get your cat used to both gradually, but don’t force the issue.
Never use punishment or yell at your cat when training her. Spray bottles or other deterrents only serve to ruin your bond with your cat and do nothing to stop unwanted behavior.
With positive reinforcement, patience and practice, training can be a wonderful way to discover more about your cat’s personality. Let your cat set the pace, pace and make sure she enjoys the progress along with you so that it’s fun for both of you.
Nicole McCray is a die-hard animal lover who has worked in pet care for years. She is a former vet technician, a dog mom to her two rescue pups, and she grew up living and working at her family’s pet boarding facility. She loves using her writing talents to share the insight she’s learned throughout her career, hoping that her knowledge can help other pet parents out there. Visit her website at https://www.nicolemccray.com/
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About the author
Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.