Basic Rules of Cat Education

Cats are idiosyncratic animals who prefer to act on their own heads rather than fulfill their owner’s wishes. Therefore, one could quickly assume that cat husbandry and education are mutually exclusive. But that is not the case. Of course, a cat is not as easily educated as a dog, but with a few simple tricks, it’s easy to teach the velvet paw a few rules of behavior. 

The most important rule is: consequence! What the cat is not allowed to do, it should not be allowed from the beginning without exceptions. Once the cat has conquered the bed, successfully loses a treat from the table or whistles the claw on the wallpaper with impunity, she will not understand why she suddenly should not do it anymore. It is especially important to be clear about what you want to allow his velvet paw and what not. Because a cat realizes quite quickly whether one means it seriously or only half-heartedly and will react accordingly – or just not. 

The second rule is: Praise much, do little punishment. Does the cat have a desired behavior?You may praise her once more often. Unwanted behavior can be punished with acoustic signals such as a loud “no” or with direct stimuli such as blowing on or – in the case of special bullying – spraying with the water bottle. It is important that the punishment happens immediately after the unwanted behavior, otherwise the cat does not understand it. Under no circumstances may violence be used! However, anyone who punishes immediately with every little thing, risks the punishment wears off and is ignored by the cat at some point. That’s why you should rather define a few rules for yourself and enforce consistently, as wanting to enforce too many things at once. 

Also, do not forget to offer the cat alternatives. Natural cat behavior such as scratching, jumping, climbing and playing wildly cannot be put off. Therefore, it is important to know the natural behavior of the cat and give her opportunities to live it out. The scratching of objects cannot be weaned off a cat, for example. But you can teach her to scratch her scratching post and not the sofa. Of course, the alternative should not only be attractive to humans, but also to the cat. With a small scratching post in the farthest corner of the corridor, the cat is more difficult to keep from scratching the sofa than, for example, with a large scratching post in the middle of the living room. 

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