Yes you really can train cats. Of course cat training isn’t easy. If you envision your cat meowing out “The Star Spangled Banner” using the toilet and flushing after himself or doing chores around the house you might need to lower your expectations.
Like dogs, cats are intelligent and trainable animals. They enjoy praise and many of them will work for tasty treats. The reason most people don’t think of training cats is that unlike dogs cats are not wired to be pack animals. They are less ready to learn things like coming when called, sitting, staying and other tricks.
Cats, however, can be trained not to claw furniture, wake you up at dawn, have fun with your cat and do tricks, to use a litter box or toilet train your cat, tolerate a cat carrier, enjoy a walk on a leash, scratch at posts instead of the furniture and allow you to clip their claws. With this training course, you will learn the ways in which you have already trained your cat, the secret to understanding the world from your cat’s point of view and how to train the cat to act in new ways that make your life easier.It may surprise you to learn that your cat is already trained. He just may not be trained to act in ways that you consider desirable. For example, many owners report that when they shake a treat bag or open a can of food, their cats come running. Most of us wouldn’t consider this a trained action, but it is. There is nothing in a newborn cat’s brain to tell him that the sound of a can or the rustle of cellophane means food is coming. The cat has learned to associate these sounds with food and to respond accordingly.
The same type of process occurs in the brains of cats that meow or pounce on their owners in the morning. This is usually undesirable behavior from a human point of view, but when faced with a persistent feline, most owners feed or play with the cat in order to placate him. Because the behavior is rewarded, the cat continues it. The cat has, in effect, been trained to meow at dawn. By understanding how you have already trained your cat, you will be able to steer further training in a more desirable direction.
Cat training, at its most basic, involves providing positive and negative consequences in order to shape behavior. Many people fail at training cats because they cannot understand how a cat sees the world. For example, if a cat pees on the floor, many owners will rub his nose in the soiled carpet. This does nothing except confuse and frighten the cat. The animal cannot associate the puddle of urine with the act of peeing outside the litter box. To train cats, you must assure that their behavior has immediate consequences. This is, of course, easier when you witness the original behavior. Cats like praise and treats, so you can provide these when the cat pees in the appropriate place, scratches his scratching post or goes into his carrier.
It is possible, however, to also provide consequences when you are away. For example, you can provide toys and treats in places you want your cat to relax and use things unpleasant to cats, such as cellophane or aluminum foil, in forbidden areas like counter tops. Yes, cats can be trained, but you need to make sure the consequences are a direct result of the behavior you are trying to train.
While you are never going to train a solitary hunter, like a cat, in the same way you train a pack animal like a dog, training cats is absolutely something you can do. As long as you have realistic expectations and are patient and consistent, you can train your cat. This cat training course will show you how to do it.