Common Cat Training Mistakes
Common Cat Training Mistakes
Cat training in India has seen a sudden surge in recent years. People have come to realize that cats (especially local cat breeds in India) are extremely intelligent creatures and with the right approach you could train your cat to do things which would shock your family and friends. Training your cat doesn’t only alleviate your cats stress levels and helps it to be calm and content around others, at the same time it also saves you the headache of dealing with an unruly and anxious feline. Your relationship with your cat would be directly proportional to how well mannered your cat is. Everyone must’ve heard about the popular stereotype that cats cannot be trained. We’re here to bust this myth.
It is imperative that you train your cat one step at a time and abstain from overwhelming her with multiple things at once. Once you’ve figured out the training objective you need to reward the positive behaviour and discourage the negative. Involving more people in your cats training curriculum is a good idea as it’ll encourage your cat to be more social and less territorial. You must keep each training session brief as cats have a very short attention span. Training your cat would definitely be a fun experience for your family and with patience, consistency and a positive attitude you and your cat could forge an astonishing relationship.
However, it is equally important that you avoid the four cardinal sins you can commit while training your cat. These four mistakes are quite common and could ruin your relationship with your feline friend. Cat breeds in India and abroad are quite solitary in nature therefore its necessary that you give them enough space and freedom so they could live their best lives. Cats are also less needy and affectionate when compared to dogs so cat training is completely different from dog training in that respect. Let’s discuss the 4 most common cat training mistakes people make :-
1. NOT PROVIDING ENOUGH EXERCISE AND ENERGY OUTLETS:- This is the most common mistake people make. They assume that cats don’t need regular walks and enrichment like dogs do but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Cats are naturally inquisitive and active animals and need plenty of enrichment to keep them occupied. If you fail to provide these necessary means of enrichment then they’d figure out a way to get their enrichment out of furniture and other valuable items around the house. Cats need areas where they are allowed to act out these natural behaviours such as jumping, scratching and climbing. Allowing your cat a safe place to act these out will keep your pet happy and avoid it happening in the wrong place, such as jumping on a TV stand or scratching your sofa.
NOT GIVING YOUR CAT ENOUGH SPACE AND TRAINING TOO LONG: – As we’ve discussed earlier cats are solitary animals and aren’t designed to be with others for extended periods of time (lions are the only cats which live in families called prides). People often fail when they attempt to train their cat for long periods of time. Cats do not respond well to this as their attention is soon lost. It is better to train your cat for short periods, often through out the day to avoid overwhelming your cat.
ALLOWING NEGATIVE BEHAVIOUR WITHOUT CORRECTING IT :- Negative behaviours like biting and scratching should be corrected immediately.
USING NEGATIVE REINFORCEMENT :- When you shout at your cat for something they do wrong, they may not understand that you are unhappy, and see this as a way of getting a reaction from you.
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