Posted on Apr 19, 2010 | Comments 0
Dogs are trainable. Birds can be trained to talk and even fly where you want them to.
Monkeys can be trained. Dolphins, horses and even ferrets can be trained.
And what do you know? Cats can be trained too. So many people will laugh at this idea but as surprisingly as it may seem it can be done.
Cats can be trained and are in fact highly trainable creatures. Just because they are not as in your face as dogs, that does not mean that they can’t be trained. Think about it like this.
When you first brought the kitten into your house, where did it go to the bathroom? Anywhere it wanted, right? That is, at least until you TRAINED it to go in the litter box. See? Cats are trainable.
Have you ever stopped to think about what kind of training the dogs that help rescue pets are put through? Get this, there are trained cats that actually go and hide and wait for the dogs to find them. This is how the rescue dogs are trained.
Not only that the cats are trainable, but they also help to train the dogs! Who would have thought that would be the case?
Anyone can train their cat to do almost anything. You can train your cat to go where you want by training it to sniff your hand, then moving your hand to different areas. The cat will follow your hand, so eventually you can point to a place and tell the cat to go there and it will.
You train the cat to use the litter box. You can also train the cat not to leave dead “presents” on your doorstep for you. This is very useful if you are not a fan of cat’s habit to show of their hunter skills.
Most cats do not seem to like the pet carriers. If this is the case with your cat, just train it. This is not as difficult as you may think.
Simply put a treat that your cat likes in the carrier and let the cat go get it. Do this a few times and eventually your cat will be okay with entering the carrier by itself.
You can take this to the next level by closing the cat into the carrier once it is used to enter there. Do this for short periods of time to start and extend it as the cat’s discomfort decreases.
Eventually, your cat will be able to be walked into the carrier and be closed into it for long periods of time without being bothered by it.
As you can see by the examples described above, cats are really trainable creatures and by training you can actually decrease their stress (not to mention yours), and you can also train them to do fun things like giving you a “high five”.
Cats need a structured environment and training them will reinforce to them that they have one in their homes.
Have the smartest cat on the block and your neighbors will all want to know your secret to training cats.
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