We the cat lovers know that cats are pretty intelligent and adorable animals. But we forget often that what does intelligence mean? Too often we carry some what conventional view in which dogs are often loved to train and cats are… well, pampered. But naturally, training a cat can be quite easy, useful and even fun, both for us and for our fabulous felines.
Now Question arises: What sort of tasks a cat can learn and perform? Almost anything, as long as they are physically competent and they are motivated. As cats are agile beings by nature and learn to jump onto high surfaces more quickly then dogs, no matter how appealing the reward is, dogs cannot jump as high as cats.
A cat may be strongly motivated to jump even onto kitchen counters when food is seldom found there. A simple rule of training is that ‘Reward as fast as Action she performs’ and when you realize that she is getting addict and has learnt what you want, rewarded only randomly. There is no need to keep food constantly available for her.
As long as it is periodically presented to her, your star performer will continue to do what ever you’ve asked to do. Possibilities of alluring food might include the cat’s popcorn, lots of milk, bits of cheese, some piece of meat, pitted olives and even a pinch of catnip. So what sort of behaviors or tasks might you instruct your cat? The first behavior that brings a feeling of relaxation is, using the litter box for elimination.
Luckily though, urinating and defecating in garden soil, is cat’s 2nd nature so no special consideration is needed. However, cats with a typical nature of urinating or defecating outside the litter box can be changed from behavior modification, or training, to use the litter box instead some place.
If you notice that your cat is habitually excreting outside the litter box, try bringing her softly to the litter box once or twice in a day and, if she learns to eliminate inside that, reward her for her efforts. You should also try to restrict her to use the place where she was previously urinating. If the same condition continues, ask your veterinarian for guide for this behavioral change.
Using this scenario we can easily toilet train your cat also but it requires patience. Cat or kitten training lessons may include tricks like fetching a toy, jumping through a hoop or simply sitting on your order. Training is useful, however, for reasons other than simple fun, as it polish abilities of your cat and makes her to get more interactive with human beings.