When should I start training?
Many believe that training cats is a completely impossible thing, because these animals simply do not give in to any persuasion. However, this is not the case, and training cats at home is quite possible if you approach it correctly.
You can start training the animal at the age of 7-8 months. At this time, the cat or cat is already old enough to correctly understand your requirements and try to fulfill them.
Training kittens should not begin with either of these things: first, the animal needs to be properly observed to understand what tendencies it has, what games it likes, and, consequently, what tricks will be easiest to teach. For example, if a kitten likes to carry their toys in their teeth, then it can be taught in the same way to bring and objects thrown by you. And if the kitten loves to jump on different objects, you can easily teach it to jump on your shoulder or jump over barriers. Having determined the animal’s tendencies, you can start training with constant encouragement, strengthening and developing each quality.
How to train a cat?
Immediately remember that training cats at home is incompatible with coercion. You will never be able to make a cat do something that it does not want or does not like, so immediately give up those tricks that your pet does not have a soul for. Also, training cats will not be possible if the animal does not trust you or dislikes you — it just does not want to obey you, and it will also be impossible to “bribe” the cat with a treat.
As for the training itself, it should take place in stages, and the most important quality of the trainer should be patience: sometimes for training, it is enough to just wait for the cat to perform the desired action and at this moment utter the appropriate command. The cat must remember the sound of the action and its course, after which it must be encouraged.
Also, training cats involves constant and mandatory praise — these animals love to be praised, and this can often awaken their desire to perform commands again and again.
How to teach a cat various tricks?
As a rule, training cats is reduced to teaching them fairly simple commands — ” to me! “, “sit! “, “give me a paw”. The first command is the easiest to train a cat — it always goes to the call, if it knows that it will be given something nice, so start training your pet calls for food. At the same time, you need to talk fun and easy, be sure to call the cat by name. As soon as the pet appears, put the food in her bowl. After the cat gets used to this, the command “to me” can be practiced in other situations — in this case, the weasel will act as a reward.
The “sit” command should be taught to the cat patiently. Put the animal on the floor and wait until it wants to sit down, then immediately say the command. When the cat reacts correctly, give it a treat, and if it is stubborn and remains standing, press your hand on the back of its body, as if calling it to sit down and repeating the command.
Teach a cat to give a paw can be after it learns to perform the command “sit”. When the animal is sitting, take one of the front paws and say the command: “Give me a paw! “- then immediately encourage the cat. The exercise should be repeated until the cat independently begins to put a paw in your palm.
You can also train the cat to ” Stand! “(block the path of the animal with your hand and say the command) and ” Bring! “(start with the items that cats will run after most willingly), as well as jumping through a Hoop. In addition, you can train the cat with other commands and tricks, but do not overwork the animal. Sometimes it is better to postpone training for a while, so that the cat does not develop an aversion to exercise.