In training a cat empathy and tact are necessary. First, you need the appropriate basic knowledge, also breed specific features you should know. Books from the specialized and competent Internet pages bring enlightenment.
Only if you respect the natural characteristics and behaviors of your cat, you will be able to feel in the little ball of fur and create a trusting base for you. The company of a cat is a great enrichment for most people. If you follow some rules, you will surely have a wonderful friendship.
Here are the seven common mistakes to avoid while cat training.
- Physical violence
- Punishment in case of uncleanliness
- Rants and Noise
- Wearing the cat on the neck fur
- Overwork and impatience
- Disregard the nature of the cat
- Disturb while eating or unsuitable feeding place
Although it should be a matter of course, unfortunately, must be repeatedly pointed out that physical violence, punishment and punishment are absolute and without exception no-gos. Not only in the cat training, but generally in dealing with animals.
The fixation, kicking, pushing, hitting, shaking or even the deliberate inflicting of pain are among the criminally prosecuted facts of animal cruelty. In addition, the animal’s trust in you will be destroyed, and abnormalities such as urinating in inappropriate places will be compounded. Consider your cat as an individual to whom you teach things playfully, but can never impose your will.
Punishment in case of uncleanliness
The first question in connection with the purchase of a cat will be: How to reach the fastest, that my cat is housebroken? Well, that’s easy: offer her a loo with comfortable access and suitable litter , for example lumpy litter . Place it in a quiet place, far away from the feeding site, and remove the leftovers at least once a day.
Old wives’ tales persistently persist, so that dousing with the nose helps in the own feces or urine as punishment with uncleanliness. You will not achieve anything, quite the contrary. You will increase the discomfort of the cat even more and disturb the relationship of trust between you lasting. Cause research is the magic word.
A healthy cat uses the litter box by itself. If she does not do that and does her business near the cat litter box or somewhere else, she wants to tell you something and alert you to a problem.
These can be very different things:
- too rarely cleaned or already heavily used litter box
- too small a litter box or one with unfavorable access
- health problems like a urinary tract infection
- Sexual maturity (marking)
- Stress due to domestic changes
- Stress by changing the usual routines
- too strong a smelling, chlorine-containing cleaning agent
Cats are very sensitive animals. Changes in their habitual environment, such as family growth, more pets, a move – all this can cause stress in cats, to which they may respond with urination or fecal paragraph. Already changed working times of the caregiver or a new piece of furniture can cause stress in very sensitive animals.
One thing you should know: a cat never does anything in defiance to annoy you or to take revenge on you! Resentment, anger and revenge are all human qualities. If a cat shows abnormalities in her behavior, she feels uncomfortable and your job as a keeper is to identify the problem and look for ways to eliminate it. Do not punish your cat, help her!
Rants and Noise
The hearing of a cat is about three times as sensitive as that of humans. Noise, loud music and ranting therefore sound more insistent to your cat and may even cause pain. That can quickly cause stress. Avoid loud noises and never yell at your cat. She can not categorize your outburst and will at best respond with fearful escape, but never understand what you are all about.
Wearing the cat on the neck fur
This behavior is reserved for cat mothers, who instinctively know where to grab their kittens. In pet ownership, this procedure has nothing to do. Even with young cats it can come to injuries of the musculature and the connective tissue. Better put your hand flat under your cat’s rib cage and support the rump with the other. This carrying position is safe and not unpleasant for your cat.
Overwork and impatience
Cat training requires patience. Do not expect too much. Set realistic goals for you and your fur nose and teach them desired behaviors in well-proportioned steps. Be careful not to interfere with your cat’s natural behavior.
For example, you can not relieve her of the innate clawing of your sofa unless you offer her a suitable alternative, such as a sisal scratching post. Be consistent but gentle and give your cat the time it needs to get used to your rules.
Your cat is allowed to sleep in your bed? Be aware that she will demand this concession again and again, even if you are not looking for bed society.
Disregard the nature of the cat
A cat should never be banned from natural behaviors. Scratching and biting are also part of the nature of a healthy cat. She maintains her claws by sharpening them. Offer her, especially if you keep her as a pure cat , scratching boards and scratching postsfor climbing.
Many cats respond to stroking of the stomach with biting. Do not punish your cat for it, but articulate a clear “no” if it gets too rough. If your cat presents her unprotected belly, that’s one of the biggest signs of trust she can give you. Honor that and show her that she rightly trusts you.
Even the unpleasant marking belongs to the nature of the cat. Timely castration before sexual maturity, at the age of six to eight months, usually prevents marking in the case of males. Otherwise, it is best to consult a veterinarian.
Disturb while eating or unsuitable feeding place
Your cat needs a feeding place in a quiet place, as far away as possible from the litter box. The water bowl should always be at a distance from the food. Many cats do not like the water directly next to the food. Eats the cat, you should leave her alone.
If you keep several cats, each admit their own food bowl. However, in phases where cats are supposed to get used to each other, they can help to eat them out of a bowl. This can have a positive effect on social behavior. Intentional food deprivation is inappropriate in any situation and should never be used as a punishment.