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How to train your cat
Learn how to train your cat
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How to Train Your Cat
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DISCLAIMER: This information is provided "as is". Th...
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About Us
At www.lovemypet.info we are providing some valuable information for our visitors looki...
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Contents
Can You Train a Cat?......................................................................
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Can You Train a Cat?
We have heard of dogs performing tricks, but not many people seem to train ...
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How Do You Give Your Cat a Bath?
How do you give your cat a bath? Some people would say, with gr...
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How to Entertain Your Cat When You’re Away
Cats and kittens need lots of toys to play with or th...
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How to Gain the Respect of Your Cat
Whenever we humans decide to keep an animal as a pet, there ...
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How to Introduce Your Cat to a New Kitty
When you are bringing home a new kitten and you already...
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How to Introduce Your Cat to a New Home
There are many old wives’ tales about how to get your c...
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How to Introduce Your Cat to a New Puppy
Cats and dogs are quite different in both nature and t...
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How To Litter-box Train Your New Cat
One of the most important things to do with your new cat o...
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How to Make Your Cat Famous
Perhaps you have taught your cat some tricks and you want everyone ...
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How to Prevent Your Cat Eating Houseplants
Many people grow lovely houseplants that add to the ...
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How to Stop Scratching and Clawing
There is nothing worse than a cat that is constantly scratch...
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How to Stop Your Cat Jumping on Counters and Tables
One important thing in training your cat is...
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How to Stop Your Cat Running Out the Door
If you live in an urban area or anywhere near a major...
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How to Teach Your Cat to Accept Brushing
Cats love to be stroked, so it is easy to teach your c...
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How to Teach Your Cat to Come When Called
It's important to train your cat to come when it is c...
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How to Teach Your Cat to Have His Nails Clipped
Cats can cause a great deal of damage with thei...
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How to Teach Your Cat to Sit on Command
Some people would have us believe that it is impossible...
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How to Teach Your Cat Tricks from Natural Behaviors
The best way to teach a cat tricks is by ma...
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How to Teach Your Kitty to Travel in a Car
When you take kitty anywhere, it will most likely be...
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How to Teach Your Kitty to Travel in a Carrier
Once you have that new kitty, you’ll need to tea...
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How to Train Your Cat for Shows
Many cat-lovers like to take their cat to shows in the hopes of...
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How to Walk Your Cat on a Leash
It is not the most usual thing to see a cat being walked on a l...
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Respect your cat’s need to rest when you are walking him. It’s a good thing to stop and smell t...
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injured unnecessarily. A cat travel cage should be used, but make sure it is steadied by using ...
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bird was amongst those facing extinction. A bell on his collar will help to prevent kitty from ...
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It would be a good thing for your cat to learn how to lead in a harness, and then you can take ...
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Free ebook How to train your cat?
Can You Train a Cat?
How Do You Give Your Cat a Bath?
How to Entertain Your Cat When You’re Away
How to Gain the Respect of Your Cat
How to Introduce Your Cat to a New Kitty
How to Introduce Your Cat to a New Home
How to Introduce Your Cat to a New Puppy
How To Litter-box Train Your New Cat
How to Make Your Cat Famous
How to Prevent Your Cat Eating Houseplants
How to Stop Scratching and Clawing
How to Stop Your Cat Jumping on Counters and Tables
How to Stop Your Cat Running Out the Door
How to Teach Your Cat to Accept Brushing
How to Teach Your Cat to Come When Called
How to Teach Your Cat to Have His Nails Clipped
How to Teach Your Cat to Sit on Command
How to Teach Your Cat Tricks from Natural Behaviors
How to Teach Your Kitty to Travel in a Car
How to Teach Your Kitty to Travel in a Carrier
How to Train Your Cat for Shows
How to Walk Your Cat on a Leash
What Basic Training Does Your Cat Need
What Cat Behaviors Need to be Broken
What Cat Behaviors need to be learned

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How to train your cat

  1. 1. www.lovemypet.info Page 1 WWW.LOVEMYPET.INFO How to train your cat Learn how to train your cat LoveMyPet 4/13/2014 This free eBook is about How to train your cat provided by www.lovemypet.info. For more information about pets please visit http://www.lovemypet.info.
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  4. 4. www.lovemypet.info Page 4 Contents Can You Train a Cat?........................................................................................................................................................................ 5 How Do You Give Your Cat a Bath?.......................................................................................................................................... 6 How to Entertain Your Cat When You’re Away ................................................................................................................ 7 How to Gain the Respect of Your Cat...................................................................................................................................... 8 How to Introduce Your Cat to a New Kitty.......................................................................................................................... 9 How to Introduce Your Cat to a New Home......................................................................................................................10 How to Introduce Your Cat to a New Puppy.....................................................................................................................11 How To Litter-box Train Your New Cat ..............................................................................................................................12 How to Make Your Cat Famous ...............................................................................................................................................13 How to Prevent Your Cat Eating Houseplants.................................................................................................................14 How to Stop Scratching and Clawing....................................................................................................................................15 How to Stop Your Cat Jumping on Counters and Tables............................................................................................16 How to Stop Your Cat Running Out the Door...................................................................................................................17 How to Teach Your Cat to Accept Brushing......................................................................................................................18 How to Teach Your Cat to Come When Called.................................................................................................................19 How to Teach Your Cat to Have His Nails Clipped.........................................................................................................20 How to Teach Your Cat to Sit on Command......................................................................................................................21 How to Teach Your Cat Tricks from Natural Behaviors .............................................................................................22 How to Teach Your Kitty to Travel in a Car.......................................................................................................................23 How to Teach Your Kitty to Travel in a Carrier...............................................................................................................24 How to Train Your Cat for Shows...........................................................................................................................................25 How to Walk Your Cat on a Leash..........................................................................................................................................26 What Basic Training Does Your Cat Need?........................................................................................................................27 What Cat Behaviors Need to be Broken?............................................................................................................................28 What Cat Behaviors need to be learned?............................................................................................................................29
  5. 5. www.lovemypet.info Page 5 Can You Train a Cat? We have heard of dogs performing tricks, but not many people seem to train their cats, apart from the basic house-training such as using the litter tray. If cats can learn to use a litter- tray and come for food, they can be trained to do other things as well. The only thing we humans have to learn is how to train them. Using a cat’s natural traits to train them is one good way. We know that cats dislike loud noise and water in the face, so a water gun to spray them with or something that makes a loud noise when they do the wrong thing is a good way to train. Remember, physical smacks and general abuse is not the way to train a cat. This will only serve to make kitty mistrust you and that will be the end of any training. You need to establish trust and friendship with your pet above all else, and any training needs to be carried out in a calm, quiet atmosphere, and at the right time of day. It’s no use deciding to get kitty out of a lovely snooze and expect to train him to jump or fetch for you. You need to wait until he is showing signs of liveliness and is ready to play. Like dogs, cats have different temperaments. Some cats resist training, or else they seem to be dumber than others. A dumb cat can still make a great pet. It simply means that you will have to be content with him the way he is. Other cats seem to be very bright and willing to learn whatever you are trying to teach them. One thing all cats need is a close relationship with their owners. They need to be handled a lot as kittens. If you have to leave kitty alone all day, you are not likely to develop a close enough relationship with him to be able to train him properly. Litter training doesn’t count as training here because it is a very natural thing for the cat to do. If he were outside all the time, he would dig a little hole to use somewhere soft like in the garden or in leaf litter. You have provided a litter tray inside, and it is very attractive to kitty to use it. It is other more specialized training that needs to have a close relationship established to be successful. Training such as learning to sit on command, or to come when called without it being feed time. But the most important thing is the loving relationship between you and your cat. That is why you have a cat in the first place. http://www.lovemypet.info/How-To-End-Cat-Behavior-Problems-Fast
  6. 6. www.lovemypet.info Page 6 How Do You Give Your Cat a Bath? How do you give your cat a bath? Some people would say, with great difficulty! But bathing kitty need not be all bad news. The best thing to do is start when kitty is young. Young kittens are easier to handle and train, so if he gets used to it when little, bathing him when bigger will be easier. Why bath a cat when they groom themselves so well? There are many reasons you might need to bathe your cat. Cats get fleas and if your cat’s fur is thick and long, the ingredients in a cat flea collar may not penetrate. This means that your cat may end up with a very bad flea infestation, so that bathing him is necessary. Use the laundry tub or a large plastic dish and make sure the water is pleasantly warm. It’s a good idea to shut the door so that if he escapes from your hold, he cannot escape from the room. Have everything you need – like shampoo and towels close at hand. You won’t want to go fumbling in the cupboard with an armful of wet cat to contend with. Wear rubber gloves, an apron or a raincoat and old clothes. Choose a time when your cat is not feeling too playful, but not just after a meal. If he gets stressed out, he could throw up on you. Hold your cat firmly tucked under one arm while you sponge his face; this will introduce him to the idea of getting wet. Gently set him down in the warm water and sponge it over him while you hold him in the water. This may take two people if he acts up. Have the shampoo ready to squirt along his back and then work it in with your hands. Make sure the water penetrates right through to his skin and that every bit of him gets wet. If not, the fleas will survive and all your effort will have been wasted. Once he is thoroughly wet and covered with shampoo, you will need to rinse him off. Rinse off the first lot in the original water, then let it out and refill the tub with clean rinsing water. Or you could use a water spraying attachment – just don’t let it run too hot or cold. Poor kitty has enough stress without being burned or frozen. Once kitty has been thoroughly rinsed, place him on a towel and use another one to gently dry him. Keep him in a warm place until he is completely dry. Some cats can be trained to accept the noise of a hair-dryer and this is a good way to dry a cat with thick, long hair. Praise and cuddle him when the bath is over.
  7. 7. www.lovemypet.info Page 7 How to Entertain Your Cat When You’re Away Cats and kittens need lots of toys to play with or they will get bored, especially if you are away for any length of time. Your cat may do things when you are away that he would never think of doing while you’re at home, all because he is bored you don’t want to come home to see your things trashed all because kitty was playing with them. A great way to entertain kitty while you’re away is to leave playthings dangling just above the floor. Tie a light ball or a sheet of scrunched up paper to a string and leave it hanging where kitty will be able to reach it. A cardboard box in the middle of the room will also entertain him for ages. Cats love to pounce and tackle; it is part of their hunting instinct, as is hiding in small places, so a box is ideal. He can rake at the cardboard with his claws just as if it was enemy number one. He can also hide in it and sleep in it if he feels inclined to. Add some new toys to his favorite ones, to keep his interest. Other toys that will interest kitty are: - a ball with a bell inside it, soft toys he can bite, hollow toys made to fill with food treats that come out when he rolls it and rubber, squeaky toys. A big paper bag left so that he can sneak inside it will delight him too – never use plastic bags though. Special cat toys are available, but often toys meant for toddlers are suitable too. Just make sure that they are sturdy enough to take chewing and scratching without breaking into small pieces that could get swallowed. You may want to shut the bedroom doors to keep him from possibly damaging something in there while you are away. If you don’t want to do this, cover the beds with old rugs or blankets just in case of accidents. Cats can survive quite happily on dry food for a few days, but if you have someone come in to feed your cat, make sure he knows them, or he might be frightened and run out the door before they know it. Always leave plenty of fresh water out and leave some in most rooms, just in case kitty happens to swing the door shut during play and trap himself in a room.
  8. 8. www.lovemypet.info Page 8 How to Gain the Respect of Your Cat Whenever we humans decide to keep an animal as a pet, there are some ground rules that should be established. Remember that your territory is not your pet’s natural territory and that all animals still behave as animals no matter where they live. Trying to change your cat's bad behavior requires consistency and patience. If you love your cat the last thing you want is to seem like the enemy - someone to be disliked or even feared. So how can you train your cat so that his behavior is acceptable in your world and still remain friends? The answer is not to let him rule the roost. Your cat will not respect you if he is the boss. You need to let him know who is boss while still gaining his trust and affection. This means that he must be rewarded positively with treats and cuddles when he does things that you approve of. But when he insists on doing things he knows you don't like, you must remain calm, but just as determined to get your way, as he is to get his way. From the time they are kittens, cats will obey the authority of the queen cat; in other words, their mother. So you have to adopt that place in the cat's life. One way to do this is to carry the kitten around by the scruff of his neck occasionally. This is the way in which his mother would have moved him. The scruff of the neck is the loose skin on the back of the neck. It is quite easy to grab and does not hurt either kitten or grown cat to be carried this way. You will notice when you pick him up like this he will suddenly go limp and just hang there. That is what he would do if his mother had him in her mouth by the scruff. Even if your cat is no longer a kitten, he will let you carry him by the scruff without complaint. So when you find him doing things he shouldn't do, pick him up by the scruff of the neck and put him down away from his mischief. Make sure your kitty has plenty of play and stimulation so that he is not bored and he will be a better-behaved cat, too. Soft and squeaky toys will keep his attention focused on play instead of mischief. Even a cardboard box or large paper bag to creep into will entertain him for hours.
  9. 9. www.lovemypet.info Page 9 How to Introduce Your Cat to a New Kitty When you are bringing home a new kitten and you already have a cat, there are some rules to observe in introducing the two. Because a cat typically likes to live alone, he will consider your home to be his own personal territory. Unless you take special care in introducing the two, they may never establish friendly relations. This kind of stress can cause bad behavior to surface in either cat. So how can you ensure successful integration of the new kitten? Slowly and patiently does the trick. You don’t want your top cat to be knocked of his perch as it were, so always be sure to give him plenty of cuddles and attention even when he is used to the new kitten. Firstly, it might be a wise move to keep the two cats apart. Have the new kitten’s bedding, litter tray and food bowls in a different room to your older cat. If your old cat is forced to share everything with the new one, he will be sure to get jealous and harmonious relationships may never be established. Once the new kitty has been in the house for a few days, bring him out to the same room your other cat is in, give them both an edible treat so that they are not focused on each other exclusively. When you put them down to eat, have them side-on to each other so neither one feels threatened. Just before you make them share a room, pat each of them. This way, your scent and each other’s scent will be on them both. Expect the older cat to exert his dominance by hissing or spitting. Pecking order must be established in this way, as it is part of the natural cat behavior. If the older cat takes no notice of the new addition that is a good sign and means that he has accepted the newbie into the household. It is a good idea to make sure the older cat has a perch up high where the kitty can’t reach. This will allow him to feel both safe and dominant. When the new kitty is a little older, you may like to introduce him to a perch of his own, but it should be a little lower than the main cat’s perch, and not near to him. Cats love to perch up high, whether it’s on the back of the sofa or up on a chair, so you may as well give him his own space. Once each cat gets used to the other, they may become buddies and curl up together. Until that occurs, always make sure each one has his own bedding, litter tray and food bowl slightly away from the others.
  10. 10. www.lovemypet.info Page 10 How to Introduce Your Cat to a New Home There are many old wives’ tales about how to get your cat to accept a new home. One of them is to rub butter on its paws and by the time he has licked it off, the place will be home to him. Take no notice of this. The only thing that will happen if you do this is that your carpet will be ruined. But there are some other sensible suggestions to take heed of. First, your cat will probably be feeling a little stressed out due to the move. Cats are very territorial creatures, so if you let your cat out of his carrier straight into your new home before you’ve even gotten settled in yourself, he is likely to take off and try to find his way back home. He will certainly be frightened and attempt to escape as soon as possible, especially if strangers are lugging heavy furniture around and everything is in a state of disarray. The best thing to do is keep your cat in the carrier until the movers are gone and everything is settled down and quiet. When you do let him out, confine him to one room and make sure his familiar things are in it with him. This will be his food bowl, his litter tray, his bedding and his toys. Keep him in this room for a few days, or at least 24 hours. When you let him out of the room, make sure all the outer doors are closed so he cannot escape. It’s a good idea to carry him around the house at first. This will give him reassurance that you are with him and he will feel safer being up high. Once he has had a good look around his new home, let him down to the floor, making sure his food bowl and bedding are in their new position. See that he knows it’s all there. Allow him to look out the windows, but don’t allow him outside for several days. When you do let him go outside, keep an eye on him so that he become frightened and get lost. It’s a good idea to stay out with him at first. He will probably not want to go too far for a while. Usually, cats make a beeline to some thick shrub that they can hide under until they’ve made sure there are no enemies around. This is what they would do if out in the wild. Make sure your cat knows where the door is so that he can go back inside if he feels the need to retreat. It won’t be long before your cat gets used to his new territory and once you see him wiping his cheeks on the trees and bushes outside, you’ll know he is marking out his new territory.
  11. 11. www.lovemypet.info Page 11 How to Introduce Your Cat to a New Puppy Cats and dogs are quite different in both nature and traits. In the wild, a cat and dog would never live anywhere near each other, let alone in the same cave, yet this is what we often expect of them. Of course, they are not wild now, yet they still have the same traits. So how are we going to establish harmonious relationships between our precious cat and the new little puppy we’ve bought? The best idea is to separate them from each other for at least a week, at first. Make sure kitty can’t reach through bars to scratch the puppy and make sure that the energetic puppy doesn’t stress out your cat to the point that he thinks of leaving home. Cats don’t like the rough and tumble play that dogs enjoy and if your cat has been used to being the only pet, then it will come as a rude shock to him that he now has to share his space. Separating them into different rooms with the door firmly closed between them is not too extreme at first. Your cat will know the puppy is there by scent and by hearing him. After a few days, bring a piece of the puppy’s bedding out and allow your cat to sniff it. If not bedding, then use a strip of cloth that you have first rubbed over the puppy. If your cat ignores it, that’s a good sign. If he shows signs of stress such as growling or hissing, keep the puppy separate for a few more days before showing the cat his bedding again. Allow your cat to walk around the bedding and take his time to inspect it. Once the cat ignores the bedding, you can bring the puppy out of quarantine and place him in the same room as the cat. Give each of them a treat so they are not focused entirely on each other. If the puppy approaches the cat, don’t allow him to take the cat’s food or knock the cat around in any way. He should not be allowed to try and play with the cat at first. If the cat exhibits aggressive behavior, separate the two of them again for a few more days, but make sure you allow the cat plenty of opportunity to inspect and sniff puppy’s bedding. This may take a few weeks, but it will be well worth your effort to see the two animals accept each other’s presence calmly.
  12. 12. www.lovemypet.info Page 12 How To Litter-box Train Your New Cat One of the most important things to do with your new cat or kitten is to train it to use the litter box. In the wild, one of a cat's more useful behaviors is to scratch a hole in some kind of soft medium to go to the toilet. This behavior is still strong in domesticated cats, which makes it easier to train them. When cats have access to a yard - especially one with a garden, they will often prefer to go outside. But if your cat is confined to the house or apartment, it is necessary to provide him with a litter tray or box to prevent puddles and other nasty things happening to your floor. The litter tray should be wide and shallow, but with vertical sides. This will help to retain the medium when the cat is scratching and digging. It should be in a place where human traffic is at a minimum. The laundry is often the place chosen for the litter tray. Sand could be used in the tray, but commercial cat-litter is best due to its high absorbency. And cats seem to love using it. If you have a new kitten, it is not too early to start training him to use the litter box immediately. As soon as he has finished drinking his milk, take him to the litter tray and set him down gently on the litter. It's a good idea to feed him close to the litter tray at first, so he will know where it is. If you feed your new kitten in the kitchen and then carry him into the laundry to the litter tray, you cannot expect him to know his way into the laundry the next time round. So feed the kitten next to the litter tray until the habit of using it is well established. After this, it will be possible to change the feeding place if desired. If the kitten does a puddle anywhere else but in the litter tray, be sure to clean it up with strong smelling disinfectant to completely remove the odor, otherwise kitty will simply follow his nose next time he wants to go. Once you have placed the kitten onto the litter tray a few times, he will soon get the idea of what he is supposed to do. Cats and kittens are very easy to train to use a litter tray. Placing an attractive cover over the litter tray is a good idea, but make sure kitty knows how to use the tray without the cover first. Then you can cover it up and show him the way in. http://www.lovemypet.info/Stop-Cat-Peeing
  13. 13. www.lovemypet.info Page 13 How to Make Your Cat Famous Perhaps you have taught your cat some tricks and you want everyone to know about them. Maybe you just love your cat and think he deserves to be famous because he’s a gorgeous cat. Whatever the reason, there are several ways to make your cat famous. For starters, you must take plenty of photos of him. Catch him when he’s being playful and mischievous and when he’s snoozing. Follow him about with that camera and you’ll be surprised just how many lovely shots you’ll be able to get of him. It’s really great fun to label these pictures. If you have a creative sense of humor, you can make the pictures even funnier with appropriate labels. Email these photos to all your friends, or make a slideshow of all your cat pics and invite your friends over for a viewing. If you are really good at taking pics you may be able to offer them for sale to various cat magazines, or even family magazines, especially if they have an animal section. Pictures of cats posing with children are often sought after. Cats doing odd things or in odd poses will probably have an edge over ordinary sleeping pictures. If your cat is a special breed, you will also have a good chance of getting his photo in a cat magazine if you write a little piece about the origin of the breed or special tips on caring for it. You may even be able to make a short movie of your cat doing something funny or unusual. With today’s digital cameras, this is easier than ever. If your cat can truly do some unusual tricks, try and send it to a TV special program like Funniest Home Videos. Your cat will certainly be famous then. You could pose your cat on the back of a tricycle, or a skateboard, a surfboard, or any number of other fun ways. You could upload pics of your cat to your website if you have one. If you don’t, you could get a free website and use it for kitty’s pics. If you have a quality picture of your cat, you could offer it to a cat- product manufacturer to use in an advertisement. Imagine having your kitty’s face on thousands of cat food labels. Just be sure you don’t put him in danger to get a photo. No amount of fame is worth hurting your special pet for.
  14. 14. www.lovemypet.info Page 14 How to Prevent Your Cat Eating Houseplants Many people grow lovely houseplants that add to the ambience of their home. But what happens when kitty attacks and eats that houseplant you were so proud of? One day you have a healthy plant, next day the leaves are hanging in tatters and the only thing left to do is throw it in the trash bin. Naughty kitty! But wait before you spank. First, you must decide what caused your cat to attack the plant. There are two main reasons that cats eat plants. One is that green food is part of their diet. If your kitty has not been given any vegetables or greenery to eat, he could be simply following his instinct for survival. In this case, make sure kitty gets to go outside frequently so he can eat the grasses of his choice. Eating grass will also help to remove fur balls that can catch in his throat. If you cannot let your cat outside, then grow some special cat grass in a pot and allow him free access to it. A good pet shop will provide the right kind of seed. Another reason your cat may have attacked the potted plant is that the breeze rustled its leaves and so it became an enemy to be attacked and eaten. This is a natural behavior for cats in the wild. If this is the case, then move the plant to a place where kitty cannot readily see it – somewhere away from drafts and breezes. It may suffice to place the plant upon a low table, or you may need a higher shelf for it. Of course, once kitty has had a wonderful time destroying that plant you loved so much, he might decide he wants to do it all the time. In this case, you may have to live without indoor plants, or keep kitty confined to a room where there are none while you are out of the house. On the other hand, it may have been sheer boredom that made him attack the plant – he could have just needed something or someone to play with. Give kitty plenty of attention when you are home. Make sure he has plenty of his own toys. They need not be expensive store-bought toys; homemade ones are easy to make and easily renewable. Dangle a small wisp of scrunched up paper a few centimeters off the floor by tying it from something with string. A chair rung would do, or a cupboard doorknob. Kitty will love to pounce on this and wrestle on his back with it. A light, small ball will have him skittering all over the floor as he chases it. With plenty else to interest him, he should soon forget about your indoor plants.
  15. 15. www.lovemypet.info Page 15 How to Stop Scratching and Clawing There is nothing worse than a cat that is constantly scratching the furniture. Your beautiful furniture can be ruined very quickly by this behavior, so it is wise to do something about it as soon as possible. Scratching is natural behavior for a cat, so it won't be possible to prevent him from doing it altogether. What you must do is train him to scratch on something that doesn't matter. Scratching poles made of rope wound around a rod are available especially for this purpose. It is a good idea to get one as soon as you get your kitten. If you teach him to use it right from when he is little, then it will be easier. If the kitty doesn't seem to like the scratching pole as much as your best chair, then buy some catmint and smear it on the rope. The aroma is very attractive to cats. Also get a spray bottle full of water to spray in his face when he scratches your furniture. Cats hate having water in their faces. There is only one problem with this; your furniture may be French-polished and so watermark very easily. What to do? The idea is to teach kitty, not hurt him, so roll up one or two sheets only of newspaper and use it to tap his face with. It won't hurt him, but he will hate the noise and feel of it. This is also a good way to stop him scratching people. After being smacked with it a few times, simply hearing the rustle of paper will often stop him. Sometimes, cats will crouch around a corner and spring out at you or the children. Don't forget that while it is normal behavior for a cat to do this sort of thing, the behavior needs to be controlled or it may cause injury. The rolled up newspaper trick will soon discourage kitty from pouncing and scratching. If you hold him up by the scruff of the neck at the same time, you will exert dominance over him, telling him you are the top cat. Smack him lightly on the paws or face with the paper, and then put him down. If your cat puts out his claws when you are petting him, gently push at them until he retracts them. In this way you'll teach him that claws out while being petted on laps is unacceptable behavior.
  16. 16. www.lovemypet.info Page 16 How to Stop Your Cat Jumping on Counters and Tables One important thing in training your cat is to stop him jumping up on the table or counter. You may think its no big deal to have kitty on the counter – in fact some people may think it rather cute. But stop and consider. Kitty doesn’t really know what he is going to land on when he makes that big leap from floor to counter. Do you really want him to land on those cookies that are just ready to go into the oven? Or he could easily knock something hot or breakable onto the floor not to mention that it is unsanitary. So how can you stop him? The trick is to use something he hates to discourage this habit. Most cats hate sudden, loud noise, so if you make a loud noise in his face when he jumps up, he’ll quickly jump back down. Soon he’ll begin to associate the loud noise with that particular activity and he’ll stop. So what can you use to make a loud noise? An empty soda can with a few pebbles or marbles in it is one good idea. Shake it in kitty’s face so it rattles loudly and startles him. He won’t like that. If you also say no several times very loudly he may soon stop jumping as soon as he hears that command. Some people believe growling is a good idea. This is how kitty’s mother would teach him what is allowed and what is not. This is one way in which cats communicate with one another, too. A bottle filled with pebbles could also be used, but the noise is slightly muted by the plastic or could be dangerous in glass. Another idea is to roll a few sheets of newspaper up and slap the counter right in front of him with it. Then if he does not jump down, pick him up by the scruff of the neck and place him on the floor. Never scoop him up from the table and cuddle or kiss him, as this is a positive reinforcement and will encourage him to jump up next time he wants some attention. Spraying kitty with a spray bottle full of clean water is another method of discouraging the habit of jumping onto the counter. If kitty simply won’t stop jumping, try doing several things at the same time. Keep a child’s horn – the sort you can blow into – nearby. As soon as kitty gets to the top of the counter, blow the horn in his face, spray him in the face with the water and tap him smartly on the head with the rolled up newspaper. Do it every time you see him up there and he’ll soon get tired of all that stress and stop. At least, we hope so!
  17. 17. www.lovemypet.info Page 17 How to Stop Your Cat Running Out the Door If you live in an urban area or anywhere near a major traffic route, you may need to stop your cat from heading out the door every time you open it. Cats can be easily frightened in traffic and you don’t want your pet to meet with a nasty accident. Not only will an accident be unpleasant for your pet, veterinarian fees tend to make a large hole in your budget. Stopping kitty from running out the door will not be easy, but can be managed with patience. It is certainly easier to train a small kitten than a grown cat whose habits may be ingrained. Whether you have a cat or a kitten, it will need to be trained to stay indoors unless you allow it to go out. To do this, use the cat’s natural traits, working with his nature rather than against it. We know that cats dislike loud, startling noises, so every time the door is open and kitty heads that way, try and be ready with a loud noise – but between him and the door. Don’t come up behind him with it or you’ll just frighten him right out the door. One good way to train your kitty is to enlist the aid of another person to stand just outside the door. Then you can open it and as soon as your kitten pokes his nose out, have the other person squirt him with a spray bottle or water gun. Two people will be even better. One can have a spray bottle; the other can have the noisemaker. This will frighten your cat back into the room where you can be waiting to soothe him and tell him what a good cat he is for coming back. To add even more to the lesson, you can be sure to call him back just before the noise and water spray happen. If you make your voice sound alarmed, kitty will soon get the message and it will teach him that an alarmed voice means something unpleasant is going to happen to him. This can be useful at other times, too. He may be outside in the yard and you suddenly notice he’s about to jump over the fence. To call him back in a voice of alarm will save him from getting lost or chased by a dog or even another cat. Of course, always remember to use positive reinforcement such as petting or treats when he does the right thing.
  18. 18. www.lovemypet.info Page 18 How to Teach Your Cat to Accept Brushing Cats love to be stroked, so it is easy to teach your cat to accept brushing. Brushing will help to remove loose hair and prevent kitty getting a fur ball stuck in his throat. It also helps to remove irritating prickles he may have picked up on his walks outside. You will be able to keep tabs on his general health if you brush him regularly, too. Choose a time when kitty is feeling a bit sleepy and wants to curl up on your warm lap. Have the brush handy so you don’t have to disturb him to get it. If he hasn’t seen the brush before, hold it near his face so he can sniff it all over if he wants. In this way he will understand that it won’t hurt him and so he won’t be frightened of it. In fact, it’s a good idea to rub your own hands along the handle of the brush so he can detect your scent on it. If he’s used to you, he will be reassured that this strange tool is to be trusted. Once he has inspected and accepted the brush, begin to brush your cat with slow and gently movements. Always brush with the lay of the hair, not against it. If kitty tries to grab the brush with his paws to play with it, put it away immediately. You don’t want him to start playing every time he sees the brush, you want him to learn to keep still and let you brush him. As soon as kitty has quieted down, start to brush him again. Start at about ear level and work backwards with a long, fluid movement. Never try to brush his face, or you might damage his delicate eyes and whiskers. Brushing the tangles out of badly matted hair can cause pain, so be careful to do it gently. If kitty expects pain every time he sees the brush, he won’t be amenable to the process. Several different brushes can be useful when grooming your pet. A large brush with stiff bristles is good for the body, while a smaller, softer brush can be easier to manage the belly and tail. If your cat has long tail hairs, you may need a brush with bristles that are a little stiffer then the smaller brush has. A comb can also be a handy part of your cat grooming toolbox.
  19. 19. www.lovemypet.info Page 19 How to Teach Your Cat to Come When Called It's important to train your cat to come when it is called for a variety of reasons. You may need to go out suddenly and you don't wish to leave your cat outside where he may be in danger of other prowling cats or dogs chasing him. If you’ve trained your cat to come when called, the task of getting him inside will be simple. So how can we train a cat to come when called? One of the easiest ways is to use his love of food. You don't have to train him to know his name. Cats may be called a name, but this is often for the convenience of the owners, rather than the cat. Kitty doesn't care what he's called and often will answer to any name, so long as it is said in the same tone of voice. But back to using food for training. When it is time to feed your kitty, make a loud and specific noise, like rattling a spoon or knife on the side of the cat food can. He will associate that noise with being fed and come very quickly. But don't leave it at that. You don't want to have to rattle a spoon every time you want your cat to come. While rattling the spoon, call the kitty's name over and over. Say it loudly enough to be heard above the rattling spoon. Very often a high-pitched 'kitty-kitty-kitty' will do the trick. He will get used to the rattling spoon meaning food, and the sound of your voice will be associated with the rattling spoon, so that very soon he will come bounding up when you simply call without rattling the spoon. It is good to reinforce this good behavior by offering a treat, so when he comes at your call and you don't intend to feed him, give him a little reward instead. It can be a food reward, a cuddle while telling him what a good kitty he is, or you could offer him a toy and play with him for a while. Kittens love to chase a wisp of paper tied to a string, so it needn't be an expensive toy. Cats respond to kindness and play as well as to food. If your kitty doesn't come promptly to be fed, decrease the amount of food you give him. When he is really hungry, he will come much more promptly. This is the time to rattle that spoon and call loudly.
  20. 20. www.lovemypet.info Page 20 How to Teach Your Cat to Have His Nails Clipped Cats can cause a great deal of damage with their sharp claws, not only to furniture, also to the humans in their household. If you have this trouble, you might want to consider having your cat’s claws clipped. This is especially important if you have small children in your home. Cat clippers are available at most pet shops. Don’t use the same clippers on your cat that you may use for yourself. These are not right for an animal and will pinch his claws painfully. It’s a good idea to get your kitty used to having his claws handled right from when he is tiny. Wait until he is feeling sleepy – on your lap is a good place to have him. Handle his paws and claws frequently by gently holding them squeezing them, picking them up and generally playing gently with them. In this way, he will see that you mean him no harm when touching his feet. Remember that cats’ feet are very sensitive and tender. You will be able to make kitty unsheathe his claws if you gently squeeze his paws. Run your fingers gently over the claws several times, but if he tries to scratch you, simply stop and wait until he becomes sleepy again. It may take several days for kitty to begin to accept having his claws and paws touched. It is wise to do it often, even when his claws don’t need clipping, because then he will be so used to it he won’t mind. Once you think he is happy to have you play with his claws and he doesn’t try to scratch you, you can introduce the clippers. Again, wait until he is in a sleepy mood before you start to clip. It may be a good thing for you to just hold him, while another person does the clipping, that way you’ll be able to prevent any sudden movements on kitty’s part that could result in injury to him or you. When you are playing with kitty’s claws, take a good look and you’ll see the pinkish cloudy part near where the nail comes out of its sheath. That is the equivalent to the quick of a humans nail. Be sure to never clip into this part or you will cause a great deal of pain to kitty and his claws will bleed. If kitty truly doesn’t like to get his nails clipped and yet they must be done, he can be wrapped up in a towel to help hold him and protect you from scratches. Some people have their cat’s front claws removed. It can be a painful process, but if you have a cat that you just are not able to train not scratch your antique furniture this can be an option. This process should only be done by a veterinarian and if you follow his, or her, instructions the initial discomfort is short lived.
  21. 21. www.lovemypet.info Page 21 How to Teach Your Cat to Sit on Command Some people would have us believe that it is impossible to teach a cat anything, but if he can be taught to come for his dinner then he can be taught other things as well. It may require patience and constancy, but the end result will be worth it. Not many cats have been taught to sit on command, yet it is not impossible to teach your cat this trick. Make sure your cat is wide-awake and a little hungry before you start to teach him this one Get him used to accepting edible treats from your hand, so that he knows when he smells it, that you have something in your hand for him. Choose a time that the cat is standing. Approach him with the treat and let him smell that it is in your closed fist. Once he has sniffed your hand, move it over the top of his head. Not high above him or he might jump to reach it. Just slide your hand over the top of his head, about one centimeter above it. You will see that to keep his nose near the treat, he will sit. If he does not sit, gently push on his back –just in front of the tail - until he does. Of course, you must also give voice commands. Say “Sit” in a firm voice at the same time that you move your hand. As soon as kitty sits, give him the treat and praise him. You need to do this several times throughout the day to remind him what it is all about. It’s no use doing it once this week and then forgetting all about it until next week. Cats are not likely to remember anything like that for a whole week. Once your cat sits quickly for his treat, you can try doing it with no treat. Still use your hand motion, but with nothing in the hand. When he sits, open the hand and show him there is nothing there, but still praise and stroke him for obeying. The next time you do it and he obeys, have a treat for him, but gradually wean him off the treats. You will need to make him sit at least twice a day for some time before he gets the hang of it. Once he is used to sitting without a treat, try giving the command without the hand motion. If he does not obey, go back to using the hand motion with the treat for a while longer. In this way you will train your cat to sit, and it will amaze your friends.
  22. 22. www.lovemypet.info Page 22 How to Teach Your Cat Tricks from Natural Behaviors The best way to teach a cat tricks is by making use of his natural behavior. In the zoo you will often see a lion or tiger that will jump for his food. In the wild, these animals do such things naturally. They are a part of the cat’s normal behavior, so this makes it much easier to train them. So what other natural behaviors do cats have? They love to climb and jump, so any trick that includes this will be one that kitty should take to with no trouble. For instance, you could teach him to jump from one stool to another to get his food. Of course, if he then wants to jump from the stool onto the counter where you don’t want him, you might have a problem. Cats love to chase and pounce on anything that rustles, so that if you have a trick where you want kitty to chase something, make sure it also rustles. Little kittens are more playful than mature cats, so this is a good time to teach them tricks. Kittens will often chase a shadow on the floor. If this is the shadow of your hand, you can make it go up the wall and kitty will jump after it. An older cat will often chase a tennis ball the children are hitting to each other across the yard, especially if it bounces. To the cat, it looks like a mouse bounding along. This behavior can often be incorporated into what seems to be some kind of trick, but in reality, it is a natural behavior modified or added to and the result becomes a trick. Cats are very quick to see moving things, so you can get your cat to look as if it is shaking its head, just by using a movement at each side of the room. This can be started up a bit closer, then gradually moved further away. A noise may be used first, to get the cat to look that way. When teaching your cat tricks, don’t confuse him by trying to do several at once. Use one movement or trick at a time and stop as soon as kitty loses interest. Choose the time of day that kitty seems to be most playful to encourage these playful behaviors and kitty will soon come to look forward to them. In no time you’ll have him doing tricks and he’ll think it’s the best fun he’s ever had. Don’t forget to reward him every time he does something you want him to and always be patient. Never punish kitty if he doesn’t do what you want.
  23. 23. www.lovemypet.info Page 23 How to Teach Your Kitty to Travel in a Car When you take kitty anywhere, it will most likely be in a car, so you have to also get him used to travelling in the car. Make sure you let him sit in the car often. Let him be in it when stationary at first, then start the motor when he is in it. A short drive such as from the sidewalk into the garage will be sufficient for the first time. Once he is used to the car, put him in the carrier and put that in the car. Take him for a short drive and make sure he has something to eat during it. He will then associate going in the car with food and that will make him happy. It’s a good idea to let kitty get used to being in the car without being in the carrier. To do this and keep him safe at the same time, make sure the car is shut in the garage. One good way is to leave the car doors open and the kitty in the garage with the car. His natural curiosity will soon have him investigating. You could sit in the car yourself and hold the kitty on your lap, then let him walk around in it as much as he likes. Once kitty is used to being in the car, have him in it with the motor running. This will be a little different for him because there will be the slight movement caused by the engine running. There will also be the fumes of the exhaust that could upset him. Don’t have the car locked in the garage with the engine running. It could be dangerous. Reverse out of the garage. To keep kitty safe, you’ll need to keep the windows almost closed and the doors shut. Let him roam around in the car while it is idling. It’s not a good idea to drive anywhere with a cat or kitten loose in the car. Cats should be confined in a carrier for safety – their own and yours. It’s possible that an unconfined cat could jump on you while you are driving and cause an accident. Or, if a window is accidentally left down, kitty might jump out into the middle of traffic. He could easily escape when you park and open the door. Cats get frightened easily and you may not be able to get him back if he panics and bolts. If your cat is to be an outside cat, he will need special training to get him used to the car. Otherwise, not being used to windows, he will try to jump through the glass and panic when he can’t. While it’s good to let kitty get used to being in a car without being in a carrier, it’s not a good way to travel. Be sure your kitty is safe at all times by using a carrier while in the car.
  24. 24. www.lovemypet.info Page 24 How to Teach Your Kitty to Travel in a Carrier Once you have that new kitty, you’ll need to teach him to be happy and comfortable in a carrier because there will be times he will need to go to the veterinarian. You may even need to take him to a friend’s place or a cat motel while you go on holidays. So the sooner he gets used to being in a carrier the better. You don’t want kitty to be stressed out every time he goes into the carrier, so purchase one well before you need to use it. Once you have it, leave it near his food bowl so he can get used to the sight of it. Of course, he won’t know what it’s for, but his naturally inquisitive nature will make him want to inspect it or even play in it. Leave the door of it open and place a piece of his bedding and a food treat inside, so he will begin to associate being in it with food and other happy things. You could even place his favorite toy in there. Once he has been in and out of the carrier several times, then you can shut him in it for a few minutes each day. If he has food, water and bedding, he should be quite happy. Leave him in it for a little longer each day. If he seems to be quite settled when inside of it, then you could pick it up and gently swing it around or walk along with it. Talk reassuringly to kitty all the while, because he might not like the sensation of movement over which he has no control. Do this often enough so that he doesn’t forget what it’s like in between times. Once kitty feels comfortable in the carrier, place it in different rooms with him in it and carry it around outside. Place it out in the car for a while, but remain with him until he is used to that too. He will soon get to know that being in the carrier is a normal part of his life and be happy and settled whenever you have to take him anywhere in it. Never place your kitty in a carrier as a punishment. If you do, he will begin to associate it with unhappiness and will never want to go in it. Being in a carrier should be a happy and positive experience for your kitty and one that he will look forward to without fear.
  25. 25. www.lovemypet.info Page 25 How to Train Your Cat for Shows Many cat-lovers like to take their cat to shows in the hopes of winning that red or blue ribbon that says their kitty is the best. So what training do cats need to be successfully shown? One of the most important things your cat needs to know is how to relate to strangers. If your cat bites or scratches when being inspected, the behavior will not impress the judge. So one of the main things to teach him is to be at ease with strangers handling him. The way to do this is to encourage all your friends to pick him up and pet him. If he gets used to this, he will begin to realize that strangers will not harm him and will accept being handled by the judge. He also needs to be able to handle being in a cage for certain periods of time without going crazy. You can confine your cat at home for short periods of time in a cage similar to the one used at the cat show. To make it a pleasant experience for him, leave food and water in there and some of his bedding. If he is comfortable, he will be happy. The first time you place him in the cage, choose a time when you know he is sleepy and he will settle down more quickly. But even before then, place the cage on the floor with the door open and a treat inside to encourage him to go in by himself. Training your cat to travel in the car is a necessary part of training him for shows. If he stresses out about it, he won’t arrive at the show looking or feeling his best. Introduce your cat to the car slowly; by leaving the door open so he can go in and out at his leisure. Cats are curious creatures; it won’t take him long to investigate. Once he is used to the carrier, place it in the car so he can become familiar with it being there. Grooming is of the utmost importance for showing your cat. You will have taught him to accept washing and brushing, so he will look his best at the show. You may need to teach him to accept such things as ribbons in his hair, too. Cats are normally solitary creatures, but in a cat show there will be many other cats in close proximity, so this is another area that your cat may need to be trained in. If he feels threatened by other cats being nearby, he could go ballistic, so make sure he sees other cats close up from time to time. The best way to do this is to take him to homes where other cats live, or ask your friends to bring their cats over for a visit. They may need to be confined in a carrier for starters. Start off with just one cat visitor at a time, and as he gets used to that, increase the number gradually. With these few tips, your kitty may soon be carrying off first prize at the next show.
  26. 26. www.lovemypet.info Page 26 How to Walk Your Cat on a Leash It is not the most usual thing to see a cat being walked on a leash. Traditionally, it is dogs that have leads and cats that roam free. However, these days, with so many small birds and animals on the verge of extinction, you may want to consider training your cat or kitten to walk on a leash. This will prevent him from hunting down and killing butterflies or small birds. It will keep him from climbing trees to take baby birds from their nests. It will also keep him out of danger, as you will be monitoring his whereabouts in a responsible manner. Rather than just using a collar and leash to walk your cat, think about using a harness. A cat’s head is quite small compared to the rest of it and a collar may be inclined to pull over his head and off. The harness straps should encircle the neck and the body just behind the front legs, with two more straps to join the circles together; one through the front legs and one down the back of the neck. There will need to be a clip for the leash as well. Light leather or synthetic material is good for a cat’s harness. Don’t use anything too heavy or the cat will reject it. It’s also important to get your cat used to the look and feel of the leash before you take him walking in it. After he has become used to seeing the leash, (you could leave it in his bed) then let him wear it for a few minutes each day before leading him around by the lead. While still indoors, tug gently on the lead whilst calling your kitty. When he comes to you, praise him, but never force or scold him if he doesn’t come, or he’ll think the leash is a punishment. When you walk your cat on his leash, don’t walk him the same way as you would a dog. Dogs like to run fast and are happy to trot at a good gait beside you, once they have learned to lead. Cats are quite different. They don’t usually run or walk fast in a straight line from A to B. They tend to stop and start, to wander about and to inspect strange rustlings in the grass. For your cat to enjoy walking outside with you, you must allow him to do at least some of these things. Never pull the cat along roughly. He will be likely to try and back off very quickly. Gently encourage him to come with you and praise him when he comes in the right direction. Hold out treats for him as you call him to come. Cats also feel the heat easily. You can’t expect to go for a quick run around the block on the hot sidewalk with a cat. Remember kitty has no shoes for protection against the blistering heat or cold snow. Wherever possible walk your cat in the shade and on grass. Sun is all right if it’s not very hot.
  27. 27. www.lovemypet.info Page 27 Respect your cat’s need to rest when you are walking him. It’s a good thing to stop and smell the roses yourself. Let your walk be in a calm and stress-free environment. Your cat will likely be afraid of loud traffic or skateboarders zooming past his tail. With these few pointers, your cat should soon begin to enjoy his daily walk. What Basic Training Does Your Cat Need? Cats are animals. Humans are animals as well but supposedly of a higher order. In order to live together in a companionable and happy relationship there are some things that your cat needs to learn. Owning an animal of any sort should be more pleasure than pain, but there will be considerable pain if the animal is in control of the household. So what is the basic training your cat needs, to establish a happy relationship in the family? First, there is toilet training. There would be nothing worse than to come home from a hard day at the office to find an unmentionable lump on your best bedspread. So where to go to the toilet is one of the most important things to train your cat or kitten. Cats are naturally clean animals so it is quite easy to train to use a litter tray. Simply place him on it after his meal. Other basic training may depend on where you live. If you live in an apartment, you may need to train your cat to lead so that you can take him outside. If you live in the country, this may not be necessary. If you live close to major traffic, but have a backyard, you may need to train your cat to keep away from the road, otherwise he is likely to get run over. Another important item that will need attention is to stop your cat from scratching the furniture. Cats love to scratch and it is their nature to sharpen their claws. They don't just do it to ruin furniture, but this is what will happen if they are not trained. Remove your cat from the furniture immediately he starts to scratch and place his paws against his scratching pole. If you travel a lot and wish to take your cat with you, travel training is a must. It's not wise to allow your cat freedom in the car, as it may happen to climb onto you while you are driving and this can cause an accident. Also, if you happen to have an accident with the cat loose in the car, it could be
  28. 28. www.lovemypet.info Page 28 injured unnecessarily. A cat travel cage should be used, but make sure it is steadied by using a seat belt to hold it in place. One more important thing to train your cat in is not to climb up the screen doors and windows. To save your screen from being torn to shreds, install a cat door and train kitty how to go through it. Most people start out with a kitten rather than a full-grown cat, so it is easier to train them. Once cats are fully grown it is very hard to break them of certain bad habits, so start while they are young and keep it up. Don't let them get away with behavior that is not acceptable to you. What Cat Behaviors Need to be Broken? There are several cat behaviors that are not acceptable for pets. However, much will depend on your own style of living and whether you live in the country or the city. One of the worst cat behaviors is scratching; that is, scratching humans. Cats' claws can inflict rather nasty scratches, so this is one behavior that should be discouraged as much as possible. It won't be possible to eliminate it entirely as it is a cat's nature to scratch and it does so to protect itself. Making sure your cat is not frightened and never feels threatened will go a long way to preventing scratching you or others in the family. Spraying is another behavior that is unwelcome in the home. Cats spray to mark their territory, so it is simply a natural thing for them to do. One way to discourage this behavior is to buy a bottle pheromone. It is a synthetic cat spray and is odorless to humans, but cats can smell it. If your cat thinks another cat has marked out its territory, then it won't be so likely to do the same thing. Jumping onto high places is also normal cat behavior, but it may not fit in with your lifestyle if you have antique vases sitting on shelves. Neither is it healthy to have kitty on the counter while you are preparing food for the children. Cats can be a danger to themselves as well as to others when they jump unexpectedly onto places that may not support them. It goes without saying that you will want your cat to use the litter tray. If he does not, he may have to become an outside cat. Another behavior that is natural for cats is to go hunting. We like them to catch mice and rats, but when kitty comes in licking feathers from his jowls, we wonder if that little
  29. 29. www.lovemypet.info Page 29 bird was amongst those facing extinction. A bell on his collar will help to prevent kitty from killing too many birds. It's not a very nice thing to be cuddled up to kitty only to have him unexpectedly sink his teeth into your arm. Yet biting is also a natural cat behavior. If your cat is a biter, discourage him by placing him on the floor immediately when he bites. It may be that he had finished with cuddling anyway and this was his way of letting you know. If his biting seems excessive, you may need to keep that rolled up newspaper handy. He will soon understand not to bite. What Cat Behaviors need to be learned? There are a number of behaviors that your cat needs to learn so that your relationship will be a happy and stress-free one. Having a cat as a pet has many benefits, but these can be out-weighed if the cat is allowed to rule the roost, especially if his nature is exuberant and mischievous. Certain behaviors need to be learned by your cat for the safety of other members of the house as well as to enhance the relationship between cat and humans. An important thing for kitty to learn is to use his litter tray. Urinating on furniture or carpet will spoil it for life and leave an odor that is impossible to remove. It is also unhealthy to have puddles or other unmentionables on the floor where toddlers may be crawling. A cat or kitten also needs to learn to come when called. This makes is easier to get him out of danger if he has wandered away and it also makes feeding time more organized. If you need to go out and the cat must be shut in, you need to be able to call him and have him turn up in a reasonable time-frame or you’ll be late for work or wherever you were off to. Cats are nocturnal animals. That’s why they suddenly come to life around sunset and want to go wandering. That’s why they snooze a lot in the day. This behavior is impossible to prevent entirely, but you can keep kitty locked inside at night and play with him during the day. The less he sleeps in the day, the more he will sleep at night. If you travel a lot and want to take your cat, then he will need to learn how to travel comfortably in a car and it’s important for him not to wander away and get lost once you arrive at your destination.
  30. 30. www.lovemypet.info Page 30 It would be a good thing for your cat to learn how to lead in a harness, and then you can take him out for a walk without worrying that he will stray or run into danger. Cats also need to learn not to be destructive. It’s a cat’s nature to sharpen his claws and to hunt and jump. These behaviors are not so welcome in the home, so the cat must learn where he is allowed to scratch and what he can jump on safely. He doesn’t know that the stove will burn him if he jumps onto it, nor does he realize that he might knock down your antique vase if he jumps up on that shelf. These are the sorts of things a cat needs to learn. http://www.lovemypet.info/How-To-End-Cat-Behavior-Problems-Fast

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