Learning cat behaviours before you start training them would be
a good idea for anyone that is going to train a cat’s behaviour.
A cat can jump and lands on its feet as this are a natural
instinct for a cat. When a kitten is first born, the cushion in a kitten’s paws are not developed with the cushion
to land on its feet. It takes about 7 weeks to develop the cushion in a cat’s paw for landing. A cat’s bone
structure is unique to other animals as the bones are flexible, cat has no collar bone, which enables them to be
able to twist and bend their bones A cat can jump from short distant without sustaining any injuries.
With this behaviour, you will want to teach the cat to jump
hoops, sticks, or off the scratching tree. Letting a cat jump from extreme heights will cause injury to the
Cats have a unique hearing ability; they are able to hear high
tones and pitches, like opening a door or a can of food. Cats also have unique smelling abilities. The reason a cat
will scratch or urinate on the floor, rub itself up against a door or furniture, is the cat is leaving their scent
in that areas so they will be able to come back and know they were there, in other words marking its
In addition, if another cat or animal comes along in the area a
cat will know this. Cats can also smell with their mouths. There is a gland called 'Jacobson's organ’, it is a sac
in the cat’s upper mouth filled with blood, as the cat smells the scent and the slightly opens their mouth and
upper lip, this allows the scent to be carried in and to the sac, which it will carry the scent goes to the cat
brain. This mostly happen to male cats when a female has urinated.
With these natural instincts and behaviours this can give you
some insight to help you train you cat. With behaviour training you will want to make sure that you allow your cat
the ability in some way to play out it natural instincts and behaviours.
When training a cat for behaviours here are some things that you
need to look at and take in consideration when training. Aggression especially in older cats, this can be cause
from illness, other cats in the home. This you may want to contact your vet to have the cat check out to see if it
is all right at this time to train a cat.
Depression and anxiety could play another part with trying to
train your cat. If a cat is separated by it recent owner the cat can become depressed. Stress on a cat can be
common effect on a cat. If you think that your cat has depression or high anxiety, this would be a good time to
take the cat to the vet. Vets can talk to you about some of the things that may be causing this and a help list to
help the cat. There are medications that a vet can prescribe for the cat to help with depression and
Never hit a cat for a punishment the cat will learn to fear you,
and fearing will be a behaviour you will not be able to control or retrain. When they do something that is not
right, ignore the problem or if you catch them right a way you can associate a noise with that behaviour on what
you do not like or just in a stern voice tell them “NO”.
If a behaviour is becoming impossible you may have to resort to
the baby proof home, all containers that have food in them have a lid on it. Make sure that the counters are clean
and have nothing that a cat would want to play with.
The day that you get your cat or kitten, you will want to start
training at this point. This will keep many unwanted behaviours away, and hopefully not let any new behaviours to
Healthy cats need healthy relationships with their