Cat discipline, Cat Training means and Information.

Since cats are relatively self-sufficient animals, they require less training than many other pets. Despite their independence, however cats still need effective housetraining and instruction regarding the behavior limits in your house. Cats may also learn to come, sit and perform a variety of commands and tricks.

When you train your cat, you can reinforce any specific behavior with a food reward, preceding the reward with a sound that your cat will associate with an action to be taken.
Try to spend a minimum of 30 minutes every day and stick with it. Training your cat once a month won't get the results you want.
Cats learn through experience, in order to have them do something, you have to make it pleasurable for them to do it, in order to make them stop something, you have to make it feel uncomfortable.

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No matter how often you praise your cat for proper behavior, a reprimand for incorrect behavior will probably be necessary at some time. It is your responsibility to convey clear messages regarding acceptable and unacceptable behavior, since the cat will not automatically know the difference. Unacceptable acts include biting and scratching people, climbing on or scratching furniture and anything that is dangerous to the cat or annoying to you.

Cats can be trained to recognise their name, as well as to come on command. And the earlier you start training, the greater likelihood of success. But cats are individuals, and each one will react differently when training begins.
You can reinforce tricks your cat has mastered, but do not confuse him or her by teaching more than one new behaviour at a time.

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Keep in mind that cats are not dogs. (For many of us, that's a good thing). Their endurance for longer activities is less compared to dogs. Be sure to keep your training sessions to at least 30 minutes maximum per day. They respond very well to trainings before mealtimes when they are hungry. Cats are good in doing tricks especially when they are given rewards like foods and affection. Yelling, beating and force never work for them.

Toilet training: This is still a vital part of cat training so I will mention this. Fortunately, most cats tend to be fastidious and relatively easily learn what is required. Anticipating when the kitten needs to go to the toilet is the key. Whenever the kitten is likely to need to go to the toilet i.e. first thing in the morning, last thing at night, after a sleep and after each meal; you put the kitten wherever you want it to toilet (litter tray or outside). If there is an accident a firm "No" is usually all that is required to punish it.

Learn their body language: Cats tend to have moods, more so than dogs do. Learning to recognize how they are feeling is useful. Here are some pointers to tell you what your kitten is feeling.

  • raising and moving its head back- someone is coming too close
  • half closing the eyes and slightly turning the ears to the side- your kitten is enjoying itself
  • pointing its ears, turning them back and narrowing the pupils- your kitten is grumpy.
  • pointing the ears and opening the eyes wide- your kitten wants to play
  • laying back its ears, closing the eyes halfway and slightly turning its head - a peace offering. The kitten is telling you it won’t harm you and expects the same.
  • a twitching tail- the kitten is about to go hunting.
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    Toys and games: Kittens instinctively love to play. It keeps their minds stimulated and their bodies agile. Avoid games that encourage biting your hands - they are cute when the kitten is small but no fun when the cat is older (if you positively reinforce that as a kitten, what do you get when they are older?). Some kittens will initiate running games where they want you to chase them, do so- then hide and see what the kitten does, use your instinct here. Cardboard boxes are fun for the kitten to hide in and spring out of. Many kitten toys are very cheap- anything that moves, rolls, squeaks or jumps is a toy. This includes crumpled paper balls, empty toilet rolls, ping-pong balls, as well as fake furry mice, jingle balls etc. Something attached to string that you can make move (an empty kitchen paper roll, a furry mouse etc) are good toys that you can both play with. Kittens play when you are not at home with them so make sure there are toys around for them otherwise expect that they will make their "own fun" which can mean getting into things you may not want them to.
    Some kittens can learn to play "fetch". Pick a toy your cat really likes and call its name while you toss it up and down in the air. Once you have your kitten's attention, toss the toy so that it lands nearby and let the kitten play with it. As soon as you notice your kitten getting bored with the toy, call its name and if it looks at you, take the toy away. Repeat this process twice a day for about 10 minutes at a time. Some cats will get the idea and start bringing the toy back to you.

    Overall, be consistent, cats will learn what is acceptable and what is not, but like dogs, they enjoy at times being naughty. It is part of their charm.

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