Monday, April 30, 2007

How to Train Your Cat

To all cat owners, I would like to share with you a few tips
on how to train your cats. They are simply great and easy to
follow. Good luck.

The market is flooded with all different types of aids for
training a cat. From simple little things to very large
expensive items, there are sprays to keep cats off furniture
to large housing for cats, to a simple leash to help with
training a cat.

Let us take a look at some of the training tools that
can be helpful in training.

A simple lightweight leash is a good idea. The leash can
be used for many purposes when training. Letting the cat
outside is a time that is suitable to use a leash to train
the cat to stay in the yard.

Use a leash to take a walk, or a ride in a car. Cats need
exercise and using a leash when walking is a perfect way
to get a cat to walk with you and not run off or walk ahead
of you. When walking the cat you want the cat to walk
with you.

Train the cat, to learn that they are not the leader while
walking but that you are. This will make the walk more
enjoyable for both you and the cat.

Another good tool to use when training a cat is scat mat.
By using a mat with training it can serve the purpose
of not allowing the cat on a particular area.

Scat mats send out pulses of static electricity to let the
cat know they are not supposed to be on that item. There
are many different sizes, colors, even clear ones so that
the cat can see the area.

The mats are battery operated with no real electricity
running through them, which makes them safe to use
with your cat. You can also purchase scat mats to connect
to each other if you have larger areas you want to cover.

Dummy scat mats do not have a pulse or static electricity
going though them. These are for after the cat has been
trained as just a reminder to stay off a certain area.

Another great tool for train a cat is catnip. Cats love
the scent of catnip. Transneptalactone is a substance found
in a plant used for catnip. Catnip scent is close to the
urine of female cats. Male cats are usually more intrigued
with catnip than female cats.

Catnip comes in different forms for training for cats.
Toys filled with catnip may attract the cat to play
with them. Catnip also comes in sprays designed to spray
areas that will help the cat to learn a behavior. Such as
spraying around the cat litter to let the cat know that is
where they should go.

For fun play, they have catnip in bubble form. Just like
the kind the children play with. It is made of safe
ingredients so it will not harm your cat. Blow bubbles
and the cat will enjoy pawing at them and they will also
enjoy the scent of it.

Catnip also comes in ground dry form so that you can rub
it on your hands to let the scent fill the air for the cat.
You can also purchase catnip seed, which you can plant
inside or outside of your home.

Is your cat pouncing on items thinking that it is a mouse?
By nature, a cat will do this for the purpose of killing.
There are many different play mice out on the market. From
simple little stuffed ones to ones that have catnip in them
to large ones that can be wound up and let go for a fun game
of chase and capture.

Remember in training that the cat has natural instincts to do
things. We need to fulfill them to have a happy healthy cat.

Healthy rewards for the cat is another tool when training
the cat. Many different treats can be provided for a reward
for the cat. There are vitamins that are natural to give
the cat. This is a good idea, as you know that they are
getting the vitamins for strong healthy bones, fur, and

When looking for a good healthy snack, simple little
biscuits are a good choice. Alternatively, if you are a good
baker there are recipes or prepackaged treat mix you may
purchase and bake for your cat. Get the kids and everyone
involved in making snacks for your cat and it can become
a great family togetherness project.

Have patience with your cat while they are learning, and at
the same time you are learning more about them. So remember
to have fun while training your cat because this way, you will
get much more positive results from your happy, furry,
four legged babies...

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