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How to discipline a cat

Cats are smarter than many people think and have a great memory. Experts state that cats have both long term and short term memory; so they are trainable and can be disciplined. Kittens, like children, must be taught how to live in your home, and it is up to you to set up the rules.

Once you’ve done so, you will need to provide for your kitten with the means to follow them up.

Most cats like attention, food, toys and many more. Choose a motivator that you can use to entice your cat to do what you want them to do, and to provide it with a form of positive reinforcement. If possible, reward your cat with these special items only when training for these particular behaviours. Be reserving the desirable items for training. It will add to the value of the reward and make it much more enticing to your cat.

Best tips on how to discipline a cat

SHAKE A NOISY CAN: if you see your cat jump on the counter or somewhere it shouldn’t be, shake a can with some pennies in it to startle your cat. This one is particularly used to discipline cats that like to climb on top of cabinets and other platforms.

You can use it to stop a cat from snooping around some places. Don’t forget to do this exercise two to three times until the cat gets the message.

INTRODUCE OR BUY A CLICKER: you can find clickers at pet product stores, but any unique sound can work. Some cats prefer the softer snick sound of a ballpoint pen. Your cat may respond to a tongue-click, which means you don’t have to hunt for your clicker. Be careful in selecting an everyday product like a key or a regular sound.

USE YOUR VOICE: when your cat is doing something wrong, simply using your voice to stop them might be enough. Having a stop word in mind and using that for the cat whenever it’s in a bad behaviour zone is a training technique.

A simple ‘’no’’ or ‘’stop’’ said in a loud, firm voice will get the job done. Being consistent in using these words that your cat starts associating that word with bad behaviours can discipline the cat.

CHOOSE A SPECIAL REWARD: when your cat does something good, reward them for that particular behaviour. The reward must be of high value to the cat.  If it’s something available all the time, then the cat won’t care. Find out what interests your cat and reserve it for training only.

Cats respond first to smell and second to taste. So choose a treat with pungent aroma for a treat reward.

TIME OUT:  when the cat does something bad, give it a time out. Make a place available in your home to serve as the cat’s jail. It is preferably to use the bathroom. Whenever they do something bad, pick them up immediately on a lockout for about 20 minutes or thereabout. It’s a training technique for cats.

In addition to the training techniques above; Never get physical with your cat, and hurting it won’t solve any problem. Learn to give prompt punishment. If you will discipline your cat for their behaviour, it has to be immediately they do something bad.

Unlike human beings, you don’t expect the cat to remember what it did wrong that you are now meeting out the punishment for.

Summarily, whenever possible, give treats, praises, and attention to your cat if it is behaving nicely or badly. With that, your car will quickly learn the difference between good and bad behaviours.

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