Training your Cat


 

Training your Cat

You might be surprised to learn that some cats can be trained to retrieve, walk on a lead and learn tricks – the Siamese breed in particular are very receptive to training, even competing in feline Agility events.  Most cats can be trained to recognise their name, as well as to come on command.


Training Check List:

Scratching

Cats scratch furniture for a number of reasons, one of which is to mark their territory (cat's paws have scent glands that leave their own special scent).   Scratching also serves as a form of exercise and keeps your cat in shape. The act of scratching stretches and pulls and works the muscles of a cat's front quarters.  Cats also scratch because they enjoy it!

Scratching posts are a great alternative to your prized sofa but there are a few tips to getting your cat to use one:

Visit our Cat Products section for our wide range of scratching posts and scratching deterrents

 

Scent marking

Scent marking is different to urinating and is part of a cat's natural behaviour when marking their territory.  Cats will often scent mark by spraying up walls and furniture if they feel insecure or stressed.  Scent marking generally occurs in cats that haven't been neutered or spayed or in families where there is more than one cat.

 

Toilet training

Cats are easy to toilet train and most kittens are toilet trained by the time you bring them home as they learn to use a litter tray by copying their mother. To help train your cat gently place them in the tray after they eat, when they wake from sleep and if you see them sniff, scratch, or crouch in a corner.   Older cats who are accustomed to going to the toilet outside find a litter tray useful if they are arthritic or if the weather is wet and cold.

Visit our Cat Products section for our selection of cat litter and hygiene products

Little accidents

The best way to clean up after little accidents indoors is to use a purpose made stain remover and deodoriser.  Using ordinary household disinfectants and cleaners do not get rid of the smell – your cat's nose is very sensitive, so just because we can't smell any residue it does not mean that she can't!  Any scent left behind will encourage her to go in the same spot again. Most household cleaning products are based on ammonia and your cat will mistake the smell for the correct area to relieve herself.  If your cat keeps on returning to the spot there are pheromone based sprays available that have an odour that cats find repellent.

You should contact your vet if your cat is having problems using the litter tray as this may be a sign of   Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) which could be fatal if left untreated.  Other signs that your cat may have underlying health issues are straining to urinate/defecate, spending a long time in the tray, visiting the tray frequently, and licking their genital area or blood in their urine.

Visit our Cat Products section for our selection of cat litter and hygiene products

 

Walking on a lead

Not all cats can be trained to walk on a lead but some will take to it if you exercise patience and perseverance. 

Visit our Cat Products section for a range of cat harnesses and leads

 

 

 

 

 

 

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