Cat Training to Make Your Life Easier

When you bring home your new kitten you are excited and proud that you now have a pet in your home. However, you can be challenged as your kitten grows into an adult cat. This is where cat training to make your life easier comes into play. If you do not train your cat, you will notice over time that it will begin to own your home.

Cat owners need to begin to train their kittens as soon as you bring them home. The earlier you begin to train your pet the better it will be for your household. This article will provide some tips to make your life easier in the following ways:

  • Reduce your fear of cat preying on other pets
  • Increase your pleasure by showing off your pets tricks
  • Remove need to get rid of your houseplants
  • Prevent scratches on your lovely furniture
  • Prevent embarrassment of smelly carpet from pet urination
  • Increase petting pleasure
  • Decrease need to listen to cat’s meow

Reduce Your Fear of Cat Preying on Other Pets

Generally speaking, all cats have natural instincts for prey such as birds, small rodents, or small dogs. If you have some of these pets in your home and your cat seeks to prey or brother them, you can do something about it.

Here is how you can begin.

  • Teach your cat to stay out of the room where these pets are by using commands or rules. Modify the room arrangement to keep pets apart
  • Use a baby gate to separate cat and dog
  • Do not place conflicting pets food and water next to each other
  • Spray cold water on her face when you notice your cat is taking action to prey. Cold water is unpleasant and will help her to shape up.

Increase Your Pleasure By Showing Off Your Pet’s Tricks

Every cat owner wants to think their pet is the most intelligent and find pleasure is showing off what their cat can do.

Here is how to begin.

  • Set aside a lot of time for training.
  • Be patient. Learning doesn’t happen over night.
  • Set up a training schedule. Consistency is important.
  • Have your cat’s favorite treat handy to reward progress. Use soft moist cat food or dry food as a treat. Training treats should not be more than 10% of your pet’s total diet for the day.
  • Start with one on trick at a time until your pet has mastered it. When your cat has mastered one, go on to the next. As you are teaching your cat new commands, be sure to work at her speed. Each cat is different.

Remove need to get rid of your houseplants

Dirt is a natural material for your cat to use when she does her duty. How can you stop this? Here are some tips you can do so that you do not have to get rid of your household plants.

  • Provide a clean litter box. Cats don’t like a dirty litter box.
  • Re-pot the plant urinated in. Your cat will smell where she did her duty before and return to use the same plant again.
  • Put some type of pet repellant on the plant. Such repellant is available in a pet store.

Following these tips should help you preserve your household plants.

Prevent Scratches On Your Lovely Furniture

Cats by nature have a natural instinct to scratch. This natural behavior allows them to clean, sharpen claws, and establish turf by leaving a scent and mark. They like to scratch because it is good for their back and shoulder muscles. You cannot prevent your cat from scratching. The trick is to have your cat scratch where you want her too. To prevent your pet from scratching your furniture consider the following:

· Have your pet’s claws trimmed. Cats can become tolerant of getting their nails trimmed on a regular basis, especially if you are careful, gentle and reward her after each trimming session with a treat and verbal praise. If you do not like the job, have the veterinarian do it.
· Provide your pet with a scratching post or pad. ·

As a last resort, you can remove your cat’s claws.

Prevent Embarrassment of Smelly Carpet From Pet Urination

Every now and then, your cat will have an accident. So how are you going to get rid of the stain and odor? There are many ways to remove the stain; however, here is a quick, easy and inexpensive one.

  • Pour a straight solution of white vinegar onto the soiled areas, saturating the carpet enough to go through to the padding. Allow it to dry. Clean the carpet with a mixture of a carpet cleaner with enzymes and pour in some baking soda and a very small amount of bleach. This should remove the stain and odor.

Every now and then, your cat will have an accident. So how are you going to get rid of the stain and odor? There are many ways to remove the stain; however, here is a quick, easy and inexpensive one you can use.

Pour a straight solution of white vinegar onto the soiled areas, saturating the carpet enough to go through to the padding. Allow it to dry. Clean the carpet with a mixture of a carpet cleaner with enzymes and pour in some baking soda and a very small amount of bleach. This should remove the stain and odor.

Increasing Petting Pleasure

When a new kitten is around the house and you have children, the first instinct of the child is to pet the cat. As an owner of a cat, it us embarrassing and disappointing when children want to pet your cat and it bites or hisses at them. Here is the process of how you can increase everyone’s cat petting pleasure.

  • First, let the cat sniff the person wanting to pet her. Ask the individual to extend a hand or finder allowing the cat a chance to touch its nose to the individual’s hand or fingers. If your cat shows no interest, ask the individual to try again later. However, if the cat should sniff the individual’s hand or finger and rub its chin or the side of its head against it, your cat is open to the one petting it.
  • Next, have the individual pet the cat’s head lightly with their fingers. Have them focus on the area behind its ears. When petting, go from front to back.
  • Third, ask the individual to run the palm of their hand smoothly from the neck and along the back, all the way until the tail is reached. Have the individual apply gentle pressure and make a continuous slow motion. Ask them not to touch your cat’s tail and to not change petting direction.
  • Lastly, ask the individual to stay away from the tummy. When cats are relaxed they roll over on their back. This is not an invitation from your cat to start rubbing its tummy. Most cats do not like this, however if they do, they will be ready to play vigorously and your cat may bite or scratch.

Decrease Need to Listen To a Cats Meow

Cats will do whatever it takes to get attention. This will include meowing, purring or running around in circles. Sometimes cats will use these tactics to manipulate their owner.

Generally, when your cat meows she is expressing affection. Female cats use it to call their young. Male cats use it when approaching a female in heat. And, some cats use it to call their masters when they are lonely. If your cat should meow, he/she just may want some companionship. Give it to them.

By following just some of the above tips, your life with your cat should be easier and more enjoyable. Remember, training your cat must start when she is a new kitten.

How To Help Your Cats Get Along With Each Other

Most new cat owners start by adopting one kitten into their family. This is especially helpful if you have never owned one before. Taking the time to learn about your new feline friend before deciding to adopt another one can be beneficial to allow you time to get to know more about them and their behavior. But, it can also be more difficult to introduce a new cat into the home once your first one has claimed the house as theirs. If you own one cat, and decide to adopt another one, you must first learn how to help your cats get along with each other.

It is probably the easiest if your adopt two kittens at the same time. This way they both are introduced to their new home at the same time and at a young age. This way, one cat does not “claim” everything in the home as their own and then later have to learn how to share with a new cat. You must make sure you provide each cat with their own space, their own litter box, and their own toys and feeding areas. It is recommended that you also provide one additional litter box. Kittens that are around the same age, that are raised together, will have the best chance of getting along well with each other in the least amount of time. Always provide supervision to your new cats to make sure they will not fight with each other, and if they do fight, you will need to separate them and re-introduce them to each other slowly, and always with your supervision.

Many times, however, people will adopt only one kitten or cat and then later decide they would like to get another one as a companion. This can be more difficult and will require patience and time. The way you handle bringing a new cat into your home will determine how well your cats get along with each other in the beginning. It can be helpful to confine your new cat to one room behind closed doors and let the cats find each other through scent with the protection of a door between them. This way they can smell each other before they ever have eye contact. Once they have found each other through scent, you can attempt to introduce your new cat to the first cat. You must understand that your first cat will probably be intimidated by the new cat, and see it as a possible threat to its territory. Therefore it is important to supervise all contact until you feel the cats can be around each other without fighting. This may take a while and you may need to keep the new cat in its own room for a while they adjust to each other. If you have made several attempts to bring your cats together, and they continue to be hostile to each other, you may find it useful to contact your vet for additional suggestions. And remember, always have your new cat checked by the vet BEFORE exposing it to your first cat. Cats can have a variety of illnesses that they can pass to other cats through biting and scratching, and your new cat must get a clean bill of health from the vet before it gets together with your first cat. Otherwise you could be exposing your cat to illnesses that you wont even know the new cat may have.

Since cats are very independent, they generally don’t like to share their personal possessions. It is important that each cat have their own space. If each cat has their own space, that will help them to get along with each other. They need their own toys, scratching posts, litter boxes, feeding areas etc…Anything you buy for one cat you must buy for the other as well. This way they wont feel that they need to fight over one area or favorite possession. You will find that most multiple cat household will have a cat that is considered dominant and the others more passive and the cats will decide this on their own. It may be easier to adopt one female and one male, as they may get along easier than same sex cats will. However, it is not impossible for same sex cats to get along, but it does require some patience and supervision on your part. Both of my cats are spayed females and it took them quite a while to get used to each other but eventually they have accepted each other and peacefully co-exist together. Two male cats may pose another frustrating problem which is urine spraying known as marking which is how they claim their property. Sometimes having them neutered will help with this problem but is not always a solution.

Make sure you do your homework before you decide to bring a new cat home. Knowledge is power and will help you make the right choices for you and your cats. It may not be a good idea to bring a new young kitten into a home where you have an older or elderly cat. It may be too stressful for your older cat, especially if the cat is not used to being around other cats. If you have an older cat, it may be better to adopt another older cat. Kittens are full of energy and your older cat may not adjust well to a young cat or kitten. Consider the age and temperament of your cat when you are thinking of adopting another one. This consideration is important to ensure your cats will get along with each other and help prevent your cats from fighting with each other.

Take time with your decision and read up on what other people suggest. Find out about other people’s experiences with multiple cat households and talk to your vet. Your vet will be most familiar with your first cat and can be a valuable source of recommendations for you. If you take the time to learn and obtain other’s advice it will help you choose what type of cat would be best suited for your first cat. This knowledge will help you and your cats get along with each other and make for a happy multiple cat household.