Pets make our home more complete by being there to greet you
after a hard day at work or snuggling up to you while you sleep. Cats have been termed the ficklest of creatures;
however, they are sweet lovable creatures if you raise them from infancy. Most cats recognize their owners by the
sound of their voice, the car they drive, and who spoils them the most. Like dogs, cats can be trained. A cat can
be trained to come to your call, to bring their toys when they want to play, as well as more domestic issues such
as using a litter box. The key to training a cat or kitten is reinforcement.
Reinforcement starts at any age, but it is typically wise to
start out with a kitten. Cats cannot distinguish words, but they are very astute in distinguishing tones of your
voice. They will know they have done something wrong just by the tone of voice you use. This is why it is important
to use your upset voice when they have done something wrong, otherwise they will become confused. Let us go back to
reinforcement. Reinforcement is either positive or negative. Water is a negative reinforcement for a cat or kitten
because they typically despise being wet. Some positive reinforcement can be hugs or fully body petting, treats, or
To train your kitty to come to your call is to repeat their name
while they are looking at you. Look them in the eye while you are using a nice tone of voice. Another way to call
your cat is to have another sound, like snapping fingers, or clicking noises with your tongue. These typically gain
the attention of your cat or kitten so they learn to come when you call.
Habits are how you will train your kitty to bring you toys. Some
cats will simply meow when they want to play and casually bat their toy, however if you give them positive
reinforcement every time, they carry a toy mouse or stuffed toy they will continue to bring the toy without the
reinforcement of a treat. Let your kitty have stuffed toys. Sometimes, it may so happen that your kitty brings you
a stuffed animal every afternoon or evening when she wants to play. She will lay it down near your couch and meows
until you recognize the good deed and begin to play with her. This is the signal for you to play with your cat. You
have to give attention to your cat.
Cats are trainable, perhaps not to the degree; a dog is
trainable with voice commands, but they you can succeed in training them in some ways. Cats will enliven any home
and given a lot of positive reinforcement, they can be just as much fun if not more fun than other pets. Especially
when they give you comfort by stepping on to your lap kneading and purring. These moments can take away a bad day
at work within a few seconds.