Cat Training 101 - How to strengthen your relationship with your feline

Fetch the newspaper, kitty! Drop the ball, kitty! Catch the Frisbee, kitty! These aren’t commands you are likely going to be giving your cat any time soon ― at least not successfully. Cats are not exactly supportive of that kind of demand. This does not mean you will not be able to teach your cat new things at all. It's possible to do very effectively. You can also train your cat to be a lot more pleasant to be around in the process.

Litter Box Training

The first thing you'll probably want to train your cat is going to be in making use of the litter box ― for very apparent reasons! Training a cat to go to the litter box isn’t very difficult usually. Cats are typically tidy by nature and have natural inclinations to conceal their waste. The following steps can be used to teach a cat to begin using a litter box:

• Put your cat and an unused litter box (the type with no cover) in a confined space such as a spare space in your house.

• Make sure that your cat has enough clean water and food.

• When your cat ‘goes’ somewhere other than the box, put the droppings in the litter box. ( This, unfortunately, has to be done! The essence the waste produces can encourage the cat to use the box.)

• In a day or so of being placed within the litter box, the cat is usually going to start using it regularly.

• When your cat is not using the box in a matter of days, give this a try: After the cat has had something to eat, put the cat in the box and simply scratch the top of the litter with your fingertip a bit. If it's still not working, be sure your box is completely clean. If it has never been used in the past, use baking soda to clean it and put clean litter in it.

You might also try using different kinds of litter. Sometimes cats will be okay with using one kind of litter and be averse to another brand. Take time to check that the box is also located in a quiet and secluded spot. If everything seems to be failing, consult with a vet. An underlying medical issue can occasionally be the basis for your cat’s aversion to using a litter box.

Discouraging Aggression

When your cat plays too rough and starts scratching or biting at times, it can be trained away to a certain extent. If you’re interacting with the cat and it starts biting or scratching you, surprise it with a loud sound. You could make a hissing sound or clap your hands ― just something that's going to startle the cat enough to stop its current activity. Then simply leave the room. Do that each and every time your cat begins playing rough and it is going to learn what happens when it scratches or bites is that playtime stops.

It’s a popular misconception that a cat cannot be trained, but that's just not true.

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