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How to Make Your Cats Life, and YOUR Life, Happier - Training Your Cat


Imagine that you are scolding your cat for scratching at your new furniture, and Kitty is sitting staring at you. Suddenly you realize how silly you look and how futile your scolding is. So how do you train your cat to respect your home?

All cats can be trained and should have some training from their owners. You will need to train your cat to use her litter box, sharpen her claws on the scratching post instead of your couch, and to stop negative behavior when you say "no." Cats can also learn to do "tricks," and the mental stimulation of learning is good for them.

Cats learn the same way dogs and people learn; they repeat behaviors that have a pleasurable result. The best way to train your cat is to reward her when she does something right. The reward might be a small piece of a special food, or lots of praise from you in a happy, high-pitched voice.

Training to change negative behaviors requires you to catch your cat "in the act." For example, if your cat uses your stereo speakers as a scratching post, wait until she is about to put claw to fabric, then firmly say "NO." The moment she freezes and turns towards you, switch to the happy voice and praise her. Move towards her to distract her away from the inappropriate object. If she makes any movement towards you praise her even more. Timing and repetition are the keys to success here. You must catch her as she moves to act inappropriately, and praise her the exact moment she stops.

Things to remember if your cat scratches your furniture

* Understand your cat's need to scratch.

* Forget punishment - it doesn't work.

* Provide a suitable place for your cat to scratch such as a scratching post

* Make the scratching post attractive to Kitty

* Make the place she's been scratching unattractive - physical or scent related deterrents will work

* Whenever possible, start cats young.

* You may want to trim your cat's claws.

Training simple tricks can be incorporated into daily playtime. Always keep some cat treats in a pocket during training time. To teach your cat to "shake hands," begin by saying "shake," then touching your hand to the underside of one of her front paws. Praise her for letting you touch there, and give her a treat. Repeat this over and over again. Eventually, you can lay your hand flat on the floor just in front of her paw. Say "shake" and wait. If she even moves her paw towards you praise her and give her a treat. Little by little, she'll catch on that every time she touches your hand with her paw she can get you to give her a treat. Once she willingly touches your hand, you can start to raise your hand off of the floor a little bit at a time. Keep training fun. Stop the session before she loses interest, and always end on a positive note with a reward.

You can use the same one-small-step-at-a-time technique to teach your cat to walk on a leash. This allows you to take your cat outside for fresh air and sensory stimulation without having to worry about her running off. Purchase a cat harness from a pet supply store. Before you even try putting it on your cat, simply leave it lying by her bed for a day or two. When she is used to seeing and smelling it, loosely put it on her just before her normal mealtime. Hand-feed her food to distract her from the harness and to make wearing it a pleasurable experience. Remove it when the food is gone. After a few days, you can let her wear the harness around the house. Let the leash drag behind, but watch to make sure it doesn't become tangled around furniture. When she seems comfortable with the harness and leash, pick up your end and walk with her, letting her lead the way. Eventually she will walk willingly beside you, and you can both venture outdoors.

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How to reduce anxiety for pets, according to an expert - TODAY
How to reduce anxiety for pets, according to an expert  TODAY

Pets of the week - Chicago Tribune
Pets of the week  Chicago Tribune

Helping pets cope with quarantine, and reopening - Jill Lopez
Helping pets cope with quarantine, and reopening  Jill Lopez

Vets warn about heat illnesses in pets - WDHN - DothanFirst.com
Vets warn about heat illnesses in pets  WDHN - DothanFirst.com

Can Fluffy or Fido Get COVID-19? Will They Give it to Me? - Reform Austin
Can Fluffy or Fido Get COVID-19? Will They Give it to Me?  Reform Austin

Pets of the Week: July 14, 2020 – WBKB 11 - WBKB-TV
Pets of the Week: July 14, 2020 – WBKB 11  WBKB-TV

abused pets - The Batavian
abused pets  The Batavian

Furever Friends: Adoptable pets available - WJAC Johnstown
Furever Friends: Adoptable pets available  WJAC Johnstown

I Didn’t Mean to Adopt a Dozen Pet Snails - The New York Times
I Didn’t Mean to Adopt a Dozen Pet Snails  The New York Times

Community Spotlight: Tips for your pets during the summer months - The Edwardsville Intelligencer
Community Spotlight: Tips for your pets during the summer months  The Edwardsville Intelligencer

Pets of the Week: Missy, Jackson and Little Girl - Chesterfield Observer
Pets of the Week: Missy, Jackson and Little Girl  Chesterfield Observer

Animal control reminds everyone not to leave pets in vehicles - WWBT NBC12 News
Animal control reminds everyone not to leave pets in vehicles  WWBT NBC12 News

Owners urged to keep pets inside and out of cars to avoid heatstroke - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Owners urged to keep pets inside and out of cars to avoid heatstroke  Las Vegas Review-Journal

What the Colorado squirrel with bubonic plague means for US pet owners - New York Post
What the Colorado squirrel with bubonic plague means for US pet owners  New York Post

Planning For Pets During The Covid-19 Pandemic - Forbes
Planning For Pets During The Covid-19 Pandemic  Forbes

NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR LOST PETS - Carolina Tails Magazine
NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR LOST PETS  Carolina Tails Magazine

How to help homeless pets and wildlife in your community - WDIV ClickOnDetroit
How to help homeless pets and wildlife in your community  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

Local business helps pets who need hospice care at home - WKRC TV Cincinnati
Local business helps pets who need hospice care at home  WKRC TV Cincinnati

Best pet gadgets for 2020: High-tech devices for your cats and dogs (and yourself) - Pocket-lint
Best pet gadgets for 2020: High-tech devices for your cats and dogs (and yourself)  Pocket-lint

All About Pets: Thunder, fear and solutions - Prescott Daily Courier
All About Pets: Thunder, fear and solutions  Prescott Daily Courier

Veterinarians urge pet owners to prepare for the arrival of rabbit hemorrhagic disease - Phys.org
Veterinarians urge pet owners to prepare for the arrival of rabbit hemorrhagic disease  Phys.org

Pets of the Week for July 14, 2020 - WKRN News 2
Pets of the Week for July 14, 2020  WKRN News 2

Can COVID-19 be spread to people from pet fur? - WLOS
Can COVID-19 be spread to people from pet fur?  WLOS

Brexit Border Bureaucracy Looms for Truckers, Pet Owners and Travelers - The New York Times
Brexit Border Bureaucracy Looms for Truckers, Pet Owners and Travelers  The New York Times

Dangers of extreme heat for children, pets - CBS19.tv KYTX
Dangers of extreme heat for children, pets  CBS19.tv KYTX

Clarksville firefighter honored for saving man, pets from fire - NewsChannel5.com
Clarksville firefighter honored for saving man, pets from fire  NewsChannel5.com

Local Snake Owners Bringing Pets To Carrington Park - newsdakota.com
Local Snake Owners Bringing Pets To Carrington Park  newsdakota.com

Rhinelander ordinance on leaving pets in hot cars - WAOW
Rhinelander ordinance on leaving pets in hot cars  WAOW

Pets, Love & Pandemics - Carolina Tails Magazine
Pets, Love & Pandemics  Carolina Tails Magazine

Pets of the week: Ruger and Gertie are ready to come home with you - MLive.com
Pets of the week: Ruger and Gertie are ready to come home with you  MLive.com

Cat owner baffled by pet's swimming goggles antics - BBC News
Cat owner baffled by pet's swimming goggles antics  BBC News

N.J. pets in need: July 13, 2020 - nj.com
N.J. pets in need: July 13, 2020  nj.com

PET OF THE WEEK, JULY 13, 2020: MEET LUNA - wvua23.com
PET OF THE WEEK, JULY 13, 2020: MEET LUNA  wvua23.com

The World's Most, Least Pet-Friendly Airlines - TravelPulse
The World's Most, Least Pet-Friendly Airlines  TravelPulse

Pet Project 2020: Pets available for adoption in Massachusetts on July 10 - masslive.com
Pet Project 2020: Pets available for adoption in Massachusetts on July 10  masslive.com

Halifax Humane Society's Pets of the Week for July 16 - Ormond Beach Observer
Halifax Humane Society's Pets of the Week for July 16  Ormond Beach Observer

Knife-Wielding Polish Man Flees Into Woods, Hoping to Keep Pet Puma - The New York Times
Knife-Wielding Polish Man Flees Into Woods, Hoping to Keep Pet Puma  The New York Times

Luxury pet resort and spa coming to North Myrtle Beach - WBTW
Luxury pet resort and spa coming to North Myrtle Beach  WBTW

European Travel Post Brexit: Pets, Passports, Insurance And More - Forbes
European Travel Post Brexit: Pets, Passports, Insurance And More  Forbes

Brainy dog owners are more likely to have badly behaved pets - Daily Mail
Brainy dog owners are more likely to have badly behaved pets  Daily Mail

Pet Doc: How to keep your pets safe if you test positive for COVID-19 - WKRN News 2
Pet Doc: How to keep your pets safe if you test positive for COVID-19  WKRN News 2

Anti-Cruelty Society Will Do Pet Portraits Of Your Fuzzy Friend This Week - Block Club Chicago
Anti-Cruelty Society Will Do Pet Portraits Of Your Fuzzy Friend This Week  Block Club Chicago

Broadway May Be Dark for Now, But Its Stars Are Working to Find Shelter Pets Forever Homes - PEOPLE
Broadway May Be Dark for Now, But Its Stars Are Working to Find Shelter Pets Forever Homes  PEOPLE

PHOTOS: Gwinnett Animal Shelter Adoptable Pets of the Week -- July 13 - Gwinnettdailypost.com
PHOTOS: Gwinnett Animal Shelter Adoptable Pets of the Week -- July 13  Gwinnettdailypost.com

Pet of the Week: 7/14/20 - WANE
Pet of the Week: 7/14/20  WANE

This July discount can help Houston’s senior pets find ‘fur’-ever homes, you a new friend - KPRC Click2Houston
This July discount can help Houston’s senior pets find ‘fur’-ever homes, you a new friend  KPRC Click2Houston

From chicken heads to kangaroo, these Louisville pet stores whip up unique gourmet treats - Courier Journal
From chicken heads to kangaroo, these Louisville pet stores whip up unique gourmet treats  Courier Journal

Report: separation from pets can be 'ruff' when owner returns to work - Times Daily
Report: separation from pets can be 'ruff' when owner returns to work  Times Daily

Fire reported in Kanawha County, several pets unable to escape - WSAZ
Fire reported in Kanawha County, several pets unable to escape  WSAZ

Pets In Need Delivers Medical Aid To Stockton Animals - Capital Public Radio News
Pets In Need Delivers Medical Aid To Stockton Animals  Capital Public Radio News

A photographer's inventive dog portraits show just how human-like our pets can be - Insider - INSIDER
A photographer's inventive dog portraits show just how human-like our pets can be - Insider  INSIDER

Police Urge Pet Owners to Be Responsible After 7 Dogs Die of Heat Exposure - San Angelo LIVE!
Police Urge Pet Owners to Be Responsible After 7 Dogs Die of Heat Exposure  San Angelo LIVE!

Pets and fireworks: how to keep your animals calm and safe on July 4 - CNN
Pets and fireworks: how to keep your animals calm and safe on July 4  CNN

Boulevard Veterinary Clinic Pet of the Week: Rubble - TAPinto.net
Boulevard Veterinary Clinic Pet of the Week: Rubble  TAPinto.net

Give up the pets or go homeless; Ashland resident speaks out about breed restrictions - KTVL
Give up the pets or go homeless; Ashland resident speaks out about breed restrictions  KTVL

Pet of the Week - Bud | | kokomoperspective.com - Kokomo Perspective
Pet of the Week - Bud | | kokomoperspective.com  Kokomo Perspective

You can look like your pet with these adorable furry face masks - WMUR Manchester
You can look like your pet with these adorable furry face masks  WMUR Manchester

Seeing Pets as Human - Psychology Today
Seeing Pets as Human  Psychology Today

Empty the Shelters: Pet adoption fees reduced this weekend - WDIV ClickOnDetroit
Empty the Shelters: Pet adoption fees reduced this weekend  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

Hints From Heloise: Photograph Fido on this special day for pets - The Washington Post
Hints From Heloise: Photograph Fido on this special day for pets  The Washington Post

Mobile veterinary services tend to Tenderloin's homeless pet population - SFGate
Mobile veterinary services tend to Tenderloin's homeless pet population  SFGate

Dermatology Drugs for Pets Market Exclusive Report Analysis 2019-2025 - Cole of Duty
Dermatology Drugs for Pets Market Exclusive Report Analysis 2019-2025  Cole of Duty

In the Know: Pet Paradise — with bone-shaped pool — nears completion off Alico Road - News-Press
In the Know: Pet Paradise — with bone-shaped pool — nears completion off Alico Road  News-Press

Humane Society of South Miss offers tips for taking care of pets in the heat - WXXV News 25
Humane Society of South Miss offers tips for taking care of pets in the heat  WXXV News 25

Mystery illness has Arp pet owners worried - KLTV
Mystery illness has Arp pet owners worried  KLTV

Concerns rise over pandemic's impact on family pets - KEYT
Concerns rise over pandemic's impact on family pets  KEYT

Richland County Humane Society sees decrease in pet adoptions & donations due to COVID-19 - Richland Source
Richland County Humane Society sees decrease in pet adoptions & donations due to COVID-19  Richland Source

Dr. Orvick answers your pet questions - Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3
Dr. Orvick answers your pet questions  Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3

Adopt-A-Pet Tuesday: Cranberry, Foxy & Cheddar - 9 & 10 News - 9&10 News
Adopt-A-Pet Tuesday: Cranberry, Foxy & Cheddar - 9 & 10 News  9&10 News

Pet of the Week: The Adventures of Calvin - WOAI
Pet of the Week: The Adventures of Calvin  WOAI

Pepin's Pet Projects: Tips on easing pets into the "new" normal as you return to work - WCYB
Pepin's Pet Projects: Tips on easing pets into the "new" normal as you return to work  WCYB

Events update: Low-cost pet care, meetings - Payson Roundup
Events update: Low-cost pet care, meetings  Payson Roundup

Past Pet of the Week – Bailey - Newnan Times-Herald
Past Pet of the Week – Bailey  Newnan Times-Herald

4 ways to help transition pets to post-quarantine routines | News, Sports, Jobs - Escanaba Daily Press
4 ways to help transition pets to post-quarantine routines | News, Sports, Jobs  Escanaba Daily Press

How To Ease Separation Anxiety For Pets Being Left Alone For First Time In Months - Block Club Chicago
How To Ease Separation Anxiety For Pets Being Left Alone For First Time In Months  Block Club Chicago

Jul 19 | Virtual pet adoption event | Westwood, CA Patch - Patch.com
Jul 19 | Virtual pet adoption event | Westwood, CA Patch  Patch.com

CDC gives recommendations on keeping pets safe from COVID-19 - KYTV
CDC gives recommendations on keeping pets safe from COVID-19  KYTV

Pets: Rx for a happier life - The County
Pets: Rx for a happier life  The County

23 Adorably Adoptable Cincinnati Pets That Are Looking For Homes This Summer - Cincinnati CityBeat
23 Adorably Adoptable Cincinnati Pets That Are Looking For Homes This Summer  Cincinnati CityBeat

Pet Owners Struggling To Reunite With Their Furry Family Members Amid The Pandemic - NPR
Pet Owners Struggling To Reunite With Their Furry Family Members Amid The Pandemic  NPR

Chicago's Anti-Cruelty Society Raises Money in Pet Portraits - NBC Chicago
Chicago's Anti-Cruelty Society Raises Money in Pet Portraits  NBC Chicago

National Pet Fire Safety Day: Tips from Jake the Fire Safety Dog - WOODTV.com
National Pet Fire Safety Day: Tips from Jake the Fire Safety Dog  WOODTV.com

The Pets Left Behind by Covid-19 - The New York Times
The Pets Left Behind by Covid-19  The New York Times

Covid-19 kept them separated from their pets for months. So they've chartered a plane to bring them home - CNN
Covid-19 kept them separated from their pets for months. So they've chartered a plane to bring them home  CNN

The Animal Foundation takes in more than 270 lost pets in first six days of July - News3LV
The Animal Foundation takes in more than 270 lost pets in first six days of July  News3LV

Eight people displaced after Jefferson City fire, two pets died - krcgtv.com
Eight people displaced after Jefferson City fire, two pets died  krcgtv.com

Pet Adoption League founder arrested after struggle at Yukon shelter - TribLIVE
Pet Adoption League founder arrested after struggle at Yukon shelter  TribLIVE

Pet Pointers - Carolina Tails Magazine
Pet Pointers  Carolina Tails Magazine

KRDO's Tuesday Afternoon Pet of the Week – KRDO - KRDO
KRDO's Tuesday Afternoon Pet of the Week – KRDO  KRDO

150-pound pet tortoise Solomon on the loose in Cheatham County - Clarksville Now
150-pound pet tortoise Solomon on the loose in Cheatham County  Clarksville Now

Animal Control Concerned About Pets During COVID-19 Pandemic - Santa Barbara Edhat
Animal Control Concerned About Pets During COVID-19 Pandemic  Santa Barbara Edhat

Pet Teams celebrate pet therapy graduation at Gulfport Memorial Hospital - WXXV News 25
Pet Teams celebrate pet therapy graduation at Gulfport Memorial Hospital  WXXV News 25

These 17 pets would love to share space with you: June 27-28 - SILive.com
These 17 pets would love to share space with you: June 27-28  SILive.com

GALLERY: All American Pet Photo Day - WEAR
GALLERY: All American Pet Photo Day  WEAR

Preventing pandemic-related pet anxiety now and later - WTOP
Preventing pandemic-related pet anxiety now and later  WTOP

Northport Adoptable Pet Of The Week: Naiomi - Patch.com
Northport Adoptable Pet Of The Week: Naiomi  Patch.com

What you need to do before bringing home a new pet - The Washington Post
What you need to do before bringing home a new pet  The Washington Post

Pet of the Week: Meet the kittens - The News-Messenger
Pet of the Week: Meet the kittens  The News-Messenger

SAFD rescues six pets from burning home on North Side - mySA
SAFD rescues six pets from burning home on North Side  mySA

Toledo vet has important reminders for protecting pets in extreme heat - 13abc Action News
Toledo vet has important reminders for protecting pets in extreme heat  13abc Action News

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