There are still people who think cats can’t be trained. It’s true that since cats are usually less sociable than dogs, it takes longer to train them, but it doesn’t mean that our purrrr friends are less able to learn. In fact, the majority of cats can learn some tricks without any hardship. The key factor is finding the best ways to motivate them. Would you like to know how? So, check out today’s blog post!

Yes! Cats can be trained

Cats usually behave independently, which is the opposite of how dogs perform. However, felines are also capable of living in groups and, of course, they enjoy their owner’s companionship.

The need for social interaction influences how well the animal can be trained. The more he interacts, the better he will be motivated for training. However, it is not related to learning capability. In other words, cats are as capable of learning as dogs are, however, they don’t enjoy the process. That’s because they usually don’t like to serve their owners.

So, what’s the secret to training cats?

The key factor to train a cat is to always use positive affirmation as the base to educating. Cats are very sensitive to punishment, so penalties won’t add any benefit to the training process. Consequently, an important step to achieve success in training a cat is linked to knowing how to positively motivate them. This process should start as soon as possible.

How to train cats using prizes

The best way to train a cat is through positive affirmation. This is how it works: when a behavior brings positive consequences to the cat, he tends to repeat it. It means that if you give him prizes each time he behaves the way you want him to, the feline will take notice of its actions and the consequential rewards, leading it to repeat its behavior. You can reward them with their favorite food, caress, or play time. Choose one and reward your beloved cat!

Risks of training using punishment

Whenever is possible, choose to reward your cat when he behaves the way expected, instead of punishing him when he does not. Applying a proper penalty, with the perfect timing and intensity is really hard, and the risks of a misapplied punishment must be considered:

To escape, instead of to cooperate: the punishment promotes evasion, never cooperation.Fear and aggressiveness: many cats react with anger against the penalty because they feel threatened. Not only is this dangerous to the animal but to the owner as well.Damage to the bond between cat and owner: there is a risk that the link that exists amid the animal and its owner would be negatively affected by punishments.The use of penalties makes the cat refuse the training process, which means that he won’t be relaxed when you try to teach him something. Consequently, it will be harder for him to learn. 

How to train a cat using time, patience, and love

The key points to learning how to train a cat is mixing patience and caress, just as you would with other animals and even with little kids.

Cats are very smart animals and have great competence to learn. However, it is mandatory to invest time and attention in your beloved cat to make him understand what you want him to do. It is also important to avoid moving forward too fast, which can exhaust your cat and have a negative impact.  The secret is patience and love.

How about you? Have ever trained your cat? Comment here telling us about your experience!