Communicating With Your Cat

Cats are known for their emotional opaqueness and standoffishness compared with dogs. Most owners may think their pets don’t seem interested in communicating with them, as long as the food arrives on time.

It is not too soon to speak with your cat, even it is your first day together. care. You will strengthen your bond between you and your cat when your start talking to her. Although Kitty lacks the muscle coordination to speak your language, she can learn to understand your words, just as you can learn her body signals for what she is trying to express. As long as you are consistent and using the same word, she will pick up these vocabulary  in no time.

You can start by beginning with some of these words

  1. Her name – Say it often; coo it, whisper it, and singsong it. Watch her perk up when she hears it. Test her by calling from a distance see if she comes.
  2. A name for you – Use your actual name, a nickname, Mama, even Me. Point to her and say her name; point to yourself and say yours. Introduce other humans and animals this way, too.
  3. No – The concept of no as meaning “stop” or “don’t,” and actually obeying it are different. You will need a lot of patience to get both aspects across. When your cat misbehaves, say, “[Name], no!” sharply while immediately interrupting or removing her from her wrongdoing. She will probably want to go back to what she did. Stop her as necessary, repeating, “No!” In time, she will catch on.
  4. Good – Tell your cat she’s good if she licks you or initiates other positive things, and when she purrs. She will associate good with her pleasing you or feeling pleased herself.
  5. Bad – Only when your cat has begun to master good should bad be introduced: “No!Bad [name],” saying bad as witheringly as you can. Continue to use good in positive situations. She will begin to realize it’s her choice whether to be bad or good.
  6. Sit – When your cat sits, say, “Good sit.” Also, try gently pressing her rump down into a sitting position, saying, “Sit.” If she sits and holds the position, say, “Good sit!” Ask her to sit while she is standing. Praise her when she obeys: “Good sit.”
  7. Food – When you feed your cat, hold up the can/package and say, “Food!” As she eats, say, “Good food.” Say, “Food!” to call her to eat.
  8. Bedtime – When you go to bed, announce, “[Your name] bedtime.” Eventually, hearing “Bedtime!” may bring your pet running ahead of you to bed!
  9. Please and 10. Thank you – Don’t laugh! These serve a purpose: Use please to signal a request. When she obeys, say thank you, indicating she has accomplished your desire.
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Motivate Your Cat

A key difference between cats and dogs is that cats are less inclined to do things to please their owners. A common belief about cats is that they do their own thing, in their own time, on their own terms, with no regard for what their owners may want. As a result, many cat owners believe that their felines are untrainable. A key concept of any successful training plan is motivation. In the end, it’s all about ensuring the right behaviors pay off so that your cat is more likely to repeat them. With the right encouragement, there is no reason why your cannot persuade your kitten to adapt well to your routine and enjoy your company.

Motivation is the key to training. For most cats, it’s food. They care less about “good kitty” than about good kitty treats. So to motivate your cat, you’re going to reward them with a treat every time they use the scratching post, lets you brush them, or uses the litter-box appropriately. Scratch their head and tell them they’re a pretty cat at the same time, but make sure you give them that treat. Smart cats will soon link that behavior with getting treats.

  1. With a good selection of toys to choose from, a kitten will soon learn the rules of the game, weather pouncing on a pull toy or chasing after a ball. Cats are picky about what they play with, and all cats will have different ideas about what’s interesting to them. Having toys in your home isn’t enough. You have to have the right toys.
  2. Play is training for hunting. Kittens are not born with innate hunting skills, but you will soon notice that your pet’s coordination and skill will improve as he play imaginary hunting games. Use a wand toy or laser pointer to activate your cat’s natural prey instincts. Make sure to occasionally hide the toy or laser to encourage him to hunt, stalk, and search.
  3. Kitten have high energy levels, but generally they will only play in short, intensive bursts before falling asleep or looking for food. This is quite normal behaviour.

A study of cat’s enjoyment and motivation is in the act of chasing their prey, not necessarily in the catching of it. This might explain why cats are sometimes disinterested in her toys once she has successfully caused them to stop moving.

Going Outdoor For The First Time

As cat owners, we face similar feelings of worry and caution. So when we decide it’s time to let them explore outside, we should take steps to make it easier for us to relax. It is best to keep your new kitten indoors at all times for the first two or three days after his arrival. After that, the simple training that involves accustoming him to more of the world around him can begin.

Choose a dry day and a quiet time when you can accompany your kitten outside, allowing it to explore the new environment. Excitements, such as other cats, dogs which might bark or children screaming in the neighbor’s garden, are best avoided for the first couple of excursions, so that your kitten can concentrate on you and isn’t spooked.

Let your kitten out into the garden or backyard under your careful supervision. Check your garden is safe for him to explore and there are no hidden dangers, such as uncovered ponds or toxic plants – and if you can fix mesh, preferably of the stout plastic kind used for climbing plants, along the top of walls and fences to inhibit escape attempts and possible disappearance, which might happen before he has completely adopted his new home. Once your kitten is fully settled in, such defenses can be removed from your garden. Supervise your kitten’s first outdoor trips by staying in the garden with him. It is a good idea to schedule these trips for just before mealtimes, so that when you both return indoors he has something to look forward to. In addition, to reinforce his appreciation of the joy of being indoor again, give her a small treat or two.

If you plan to keep your kitten indoors, make sure he has lots of toys. Also, make time to play with him yourself every day as indoor cats need lots of stimulation and opportunities to perform activities they would usually enjoy outside.

Teaching Your Cat To Hi 5

This “Hi 5” trick can be taught most easily to young kittens, because they tend to learn more easily than older cats. You need to be watchful that in her exuberance, your cat does not inadvertently scratch you. Cats, particularly kitten, can easily get over excited in this type of game. Keep you  pet’s training sessions short but repeat the lesson frequently

  1. It is vital to have your cat’s full attention when teaching this trick, so choose a quiet spot in your home where there won’t be any distractions.
  2. Hold your palm up and wave your fingers gently and slowly near your kitten’s face. If you do it too fast, she is likely to strike out harder with her paw than you want
  3. When your kitten put up her paw, touch it gently with your outstretched palm. Don’t forget to say ‘Hi FIVE’and have a treat handy to give her afterwards.

Playing Ball With Your Cat

Cats enjoy playing ball as much as dogs. using their remarkable coordination for this purpose. Ball games provides a great way to establish a bond with your cat, and encourage  your cat to take exercise. irrespective of their age, all cats generally enjoy this type of fun activity. A very simple ball game can provide hours of entertainment. Some cats enjoy fetching with crumpled paper ball or ping-pong balls.

Some cats will take to playing fetch right away and will require very little training to retrieve their favorite toy or ball. Cats which retrieve are really training the owner to join in and to throw the toy; the cat then brings it back to start again. Fetching is simply an extension of a natural feline behaviour – cats will carry prey back to a place of safety to eat it or to give to their kittens. Cats which enjoy retrieving often do so with great enthusiasm. A cat which lives indoors needs exercise and stimulation. Such game of fetch  provides this and nurtures a bond between cat and yourself.

  1. For a simple start, just roll the ball across a level surface to get your cat’s attention. At first they may just watch from a distance rather than actively chasing the ball.
  2. Before long, your cat will happily chase after the ball and pounce on it. Some cats crouch down and like to ambush the ball as it rolls past them
  3. Cat is likely to start playing the game by herself once she is used to the ball. Partly in the hope that you can be persuaded to join in the game.

 

The right ball – Choose a suitable ball for your cat, make sure that it is lightweight and cannot cause her injury. Kitten will prefer to play with smaller size ball. As they grow, you can then introduce bigger ones. Some cats will enjoy the challenge of working out how to access the food hidden in a ball or maze. Such is an example a foraging box

Traveling With Your Kitten

Most cats hate traveling in the cars. The noise and the sudden change of direction affect their orientation.  The unfamiliar experience of the scenery beyond the windows moving by extraordinarily quickly are unsettling for cats.  By setting and accustoming them to the experience in the correct way, ensure her comfort and taking care of her needs while traveling will creates a strong trust bond.

Begin traveling with your kitten when she is about three months old. There is no such thing as starting to make preparations too early when travelling with your kitten. Prepare the carrier in advance of the trip and wipe it out with a wet cloth to remove dust and smells. Leave the door open for a few weeks and some soft bedding inside so she can explore it thoroughly. If necessary, place one of your own unwashed garments, such as shirt or a towel, in the carrier. This makes the kitten reassured by the presence of your familiar scent. When the day comes, keep her carrier in the front seat with the seat belt to hold it in place beside you. Offer your fingers through the holes to reassure her that you are close by.

Always make the first journey with your kitten, one that involves visiting the vet for his first vaccinations. Take your kitten on brief drives in the early weeks, and it will grow up not fearing car rides. The kitten has must not be let outdoor during the ride until after the second round of vaccine.

Before the journey, do not feed her in case he becomes upset and vomits. But do take water, fill the drip-feed water bottle in case he becomes thirsty. Once home, take the carrier inside, open the door and let the kitten come out in his own time. It’s a good idea to have a dish of food treats and some fresh water immediately available and give her lots of attention.

Correcting Improper Behaviour

How do you correct your cat improper behaviour when she is doing something bad? Though every cat is unique and may have specific issues or specific bad behaviors. Remember to always keep our human emotions in check. Physically or verbally reprimanding your cat is one of the least successful ways to correct your cat’s bad behavior. Instead, use feline language.

How do you display displeasure or anger? You can say things like “No!” or “Stop it!” in a loud and firm voice. If your cat becomes too rough in a play session, yell, ‘ouch’ and walk away. He will soon connect his roughness with the curtailment of an enjoyable play session. When you see your cat stretching his claws on a scratching post, praise and reward him. When the cat play with you without using his claws or teeth, praise and reward him. You give treats, attention and praise when your cat behaves so that the good behavior is reinforced.

There are many ways to redirect improper behaviour. If your cat or kitten misbehaves, simply ignore him for a little while. Provide him with attention and affection after he’s learned his mistakes. An important part of training your cat is rewarding good behavior and discouraging bad behavior. Making certain he does not have access to the “bad” thing when you are not around. This is part of conditioning the cat into appropriate behaviour. Cat’s behavior problems can be an indication that your cat is experiencing a health issue.

Should you work away from home, you might want to confine the cat in a room. This make certain he does not have access to the object of his inappropriate behaviour. When you are home, keep an eye on him. Praise and rewards if  he try to do the “right” thing. Through consistency, repetition, praise and guidance are keys to success for replacing the wrong behaviour with right ones.