No more preconceived ideas, no more bad habits, every cat owner must know the fundamentals of training a kitten, starting with the deceptive ideas to be erased from his memory and the common mistakes to be avoided. How to train a cat? We agree, it’s not about taming a wild tiger either! In order to properly raise your pet, you need to learn about its breed, character, health, weaknesses, peculiarities and let go of your ancestral beliefs.
Wanting to do well, or the fear of doing badly, punctuates your daily life, inclined to make mistakes despite everything to the detriment of your feline. Although the error is human, adopt the right actions now for the well-being of your companion, his food, his hygiene and his care, his development as well as his positive education.
1. How to train a cat? Give milk to start
It is arch-false! Damn, since you were little, you thought you were doing the right thing by offering a little milk to the stray cats who came to visit you. Cow’s milk, especially lactose, is difficult to digest, even for humans.
It may cause diarrhea or gas and thus irritate the digestive tract and its transit. The best way to give it to drink is with fresh water, at its constant disposal, calorie-free and perfectly hydrating and draining for the body.
2. Thinking that the cat does not need anyone, because he likes solitude
Independent, nomadic, sometimes lonely or ungrateful, the cat can appear to be a “false” pet that only needs to be fed. If you want him to stay at home or to come back to you regularly after his escapades, you had better cuddle, cuddle and communicate with him.
In order to flourish, the cat interacts with his entourage (pets, hunting, purring near his master, landmarks in his environment, marking his territory). Rather favorable to a calm, full of life and loving home, it will be as faithful to you as a dog, except for a hair.
3. Adopt a cat from birth: it’s so cute!
It’s cute a kitten who has just been born! You can’t wait any longer and want to adopt it as soon as possible. Be careful, it is strongly not recommended to adopt a kitten before its two months, the time of weaning. Tearing it away from its mother too soon can lead to behavioral problems in adulthood. He must be able to feed himself with suitable kitten kibble.
Also, some breeds are predisposed not to endure loneliness, your presence is therefore required and eminently requested. Others, on the contrary, are more independent, nevertheless, you should not ignore their socialization non-negligible in order to promote better understanding within your home, with children, the elderly and animals. For more information, Zoomalia invites you to read this blog post on the best trending cat breeds among the French.
4. Not educating a cat: what about good manners?
If canine education proves to be exact and essential, it is none the less for a cat. Educate a cat turns out to be perilous, difficult, but not impossible. From an early age, you must impose certain limits on it and teach it cleanliness with a toilet and a clean litter box adapted to its needs. Ditto for food, bi-nutrition and appropriate hygiene care.
To help you train your cat, Zoomalia provides you with many tips and accessories such as a cat tree, a scratching post, toys or even effective solutions to supervise or modify its behavior (anti-stress, repellents , attractants, GPS collar).
5. Lose patience with your pet: wow there!
What patience! As much as with a child 😉 Knowing that a cat reacts if its kitten bites or claws it while playing, you must in the same way scold it firmly without violence. He will do stupid things regularly while he is small, the important thing is to provide him with a good positive education and benevolent without getting angry with him and being smarter than a feline!
6. Do not vaccinate, deworm, identify and / or sterilize it.
Everyone is free to choose, but they must make an informed decision. The consultation with a veterinarian is a necessary step to keep your feline in good health. About the vaccination, this is a shield against popular feline diseases such as typhus, coryza, leucosis or rabies.
The deworming prevents the invasion of internal parasites as well as anti-parasitic treatments which repel ticks, fleas and other unwanted parasites.
Identification of his domestic cat by microchip or tattoo is mandatory since 2012. It helps you find your pet in case of loss or adopting an unidentified stray cat hosted by you. All veterinarians and shelters have access to the i-cad, a national identification file for domestic carnivores.
Finally, the sterilization of male cats limits the risk of them developing kidney stones, just as ovariectomy in females prevents the appearance of mammary tumors. Castration of stray cats reduces the overproduction of stray kittens, frequent abandonment, euthanasia and the spread of diseases like IVF or leukosis. The aggressiveness, the heat or the untimely meows of the operated cats reduce considerably, without impact on their well-being, contrary to what one thinks.
7. Forcing him to cuddle: you are the master!
Have you noticed a certain reluctance when you hug your cat? Or does it flatten out quickly as soon as you attempt a physical approach? The urge must come from him and not from you. His instinct for survival reminds him that he is easy prey to catch like a rabbit, and his innate mistrust must take the path of trust.
You can call him out by first name or coax him, but you won’t make him rub your legs or purr against you. Try to establish a ritual of tenderness between you at the time of the meal (on digestion) or in the evening in front of the television, without insistence.
8. Take him out at night: go out, go get some fresh air!
Your cat ventures out at nightfall to hunt its prey in the garden (mice, field mice or small birds) and responds to the desperate call of nomadic cats to conquer a beloved. Competition requires, there will be sport! Either way, your “night owl” takes the risk of being hit by a vehicle, being injured or being attacked by a predator stronger than him.
It is better then to close it in your home all night long and give it back its freedom at dawn. Think of the electronic cat flap or a GPS or anti-escape collar that will allow you to control his night and day outings.
9. Don’t need space
Since your cat is always outside, on the mop and comes to your house only to feed, you have decreed that the entrance, a corner of the terrace or a piece of sofa were more than enough for him. Stop everything!
In order to get acquainted with you and your daily habits, you absolutely must equip yourself with a minimum of accessories. Your feline needs places, especially since he sleeps and moves a lot every day. Think of a comfortable bed for those endless naps, a practical carrying bag for your trips to and from the vet or a move or a weekend out. A cat tree, a secure outdoor enclosure, a separate dining and hygienic area, fully meet his real needs.
10. Do not play with your cat: it’s sad 🙁
There are many cat toys that promote their intelligence and stimulate their agility every day. Think again if you think that games for cats are still futile. Far from it, giving your cat time through fun activities will strengthen your bond and your bonds of affection.
Fishing rod, ball, tunnel, laser and plush mouse, so many accessories that combine business with pleasure during long winter evenings or rainy days. To be consumed of course all year round without moderation.
11. Thinking that your cat is happy because he is purring
Originally, the cat soothes her babies thanks to low frequency purrs. The adult cat purrs in turn because he is happy, but also when he is anxious or when he feels pain. It is an expressive way for him to relieve himself and respond to his emotions. It also expresses a danger or a submission in front of its congeners.
To know how to train a cat in the rules of art, avoiding these blunders well known to feline owners will guide you on the right track. The important thing is to love your companion and take care of it as best as possible. The education of a cat is as important as that of a dog. No one is immune from some mistakes or carelessness. In order to succeed in your duty, keep reading our expert blog which offers the best advice in the life of a master and his pet.