Modifying a Cat’s Behavior

Cats can be trained. However, the success of every training session lies in the ability of the trainer to communicate with its pet. Sometimes, training is more than just teaching some tricks. There might be some behaviors of your pet that you wish it will not do. Hence, you want to conduct a behavioral training.


However, before attempting to change the behavior of your pet, it pays to know first why such behavior is manifested in the first place. Obviously, if you look it from the cat’s perspective, such behavior must be perfectly reasonable.


One example is your cat clawing your furniture. This behavior can simply be one of the cats’ instincts to fulfill its need to claw on something. This is one of their survival instincts and it so happens that your furniture is the most accessible thing to claw on.


Of course, you can’t teach your cat to stop clawing but you can modify the behavior into something that is more acceptable. You can buy one of those scratching posts and divert your cat’s attention to it. Once the desired behavior is done, don’t forget to reward your pet with a treat. Positive reinforcement is more effective than punishment. Hence, when you noticed your cat scratching the furniture, don’t hit it since you will not be relaying the message correctly to your pet. It will only result in fear and estrangement from you. Reward your pet instead if it scratches on the right tree. Meanwhile, you may notice your pet to be getting too rough and starts to scratch and bite. This is another type of behavior than it can get rid off, at least to a certain point. To do this, startle your pet with a loud noise when it starts to scratch and bites you while you are playing with it. The noise can be a hissing sound, a clap of your hands and anything that will startle the cat, causing it to stop its undesirable behavior. After sending the loud sound, just walk away. This sends a message to your pet that if it starts to be rough, it means the end of its play time.


Another cat training you can do is to allow your pet to use a toilet. This may sound impossible but can be done. All you need to do is to get it accustomed to using the comfort room by putting the litter box inside it. At first, the litter box can be away from the toilet seat. Eventually, set it nearer to the toilet bowl until it will finally get over the toilet seat itself. Initially, allow your pet to use the litter on the toilet seat and gradually remove this over time once you notice that your pet is already comfortable using the toilet seat itself, devoid of any litter box.


Though your cat didn’t know it can be trained, you need to initiate the effort and learn how to train a cat. This is more than just teaching your furry friend to do some tricks. But it will help the cat be a better member of your household as well.