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How to Teach Your Cat

Cats always seem to have a mind of their own. Regardless of where you want them to go or what you want them to do, it seems as if training them is impossible. Well, it CAN be done! Here are some tips to help train your furry feline friend:
1. Feed it on a regular basis.
If you own a cat, then you probably know that they’re finicky eaters. But not only does this involve the type of food that they eat (some cats even enjoy veggies), but also when they eat. So it’s crucial that you feed your cat at regular intervals. Typically twice a day is sufficient. Feeding your cat like clockwork will allow it to excrete its waste on a consistent basis.
2. Deter your cat from clawing in the wrong places.
Use lemon or orange scented furniture polish. Cats aren’t a big fan of citrus fruits, so this will deter them from clawing away at chairs, tables, and other furniture. A common misconception is that cats claw at stuff because they’re sharpening their claws. They’re actually marking their territory-tigers in the wild have been known to strip an entire tree trunk of its bark.
So to deter your cat from clawing where it shouldn’t, consider using a scratching post or scratching pad. Entice your feline by rubbing some catnip on the post or pad. They’ll love it!
3. Play with your cat.
While kittens are naturally more playful than adult cats, all cats are genuinely playful. In fact, did you know that one of the reasons your cat meows is to indicate that he or she is bored? Spending half an hour a day playing with your cat can solve many of the behavioral problems and prevent him or her from getting into mischief. There are tons of cat toys available at your local pet store, so buy a few and find out which ones your feline prefers.
4. Clean the litter box regularly.
You can’t really blame a cat for not wanting to use an untidy litter pan. Each day, you should remove the waste and then add roughly an inch of litter to the box. Then approximately once a week you should dump all the litter and replace it. If you have multiple cats using the same litter pan, then you’ll probably need to replace it sooner than that.
5. Reprimand your cat immediately after misbehavior.
Typically this should be within roughly 30 seconds of an incident. Waiting too long will make it difficult for the cat to put two and two together and understand why you’re saying “No, Fluffy, no!”
6. Potty-train a kitten by limiting its available space.
Remember that a kitten isn’t born with the knowledge that the litter pan is where it should do its “thing.” So the best way to train your feline is to keep it confined in one room of the house. The litter box, and a fresh supply of food and water should be contained in the room. After the cat learns the sole purpose of the litter pan, it can roam the house.
So there you have it! These tips will help you to train your kitten or adult cat in the shortest time possible.…