The Difference Between Cats And Dogs

December 6, 2011 by  
Filed under Cat Training Tips

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Cats want to please their human. They want to fit into the household routines. Establishing times to eat, being quiet during nap times, may not be training or is the cat training you? In any regard humans and cats can usually reach an accommodation keeping both parties happy.

When it comes to training an animal, there is no doubt that different limitations apply to different animals. Anyone who has seen a dog show will know that dogs can be trained to do a great number of things. Training a cat is certainly possible, but there is no doubt what-so-ever that most of the training you can win with a cat is corrective rather than creative. It is important to be aware of this before you set out to train your cat.

Cats are very intelligent, if you don’t believe me, try and outsmart one. They have a sense of self that does not allow them to be trained to do funny or foolish things within your view. Observation can ruin the experiment. Laughing at your cat can change behavior, they can not stand to be the butt of the joke. If your cat does something funny and you pointedly laugh at the cat, don’t count on it doing the same action again.

Undoubtedly, it would be fun if a cat could be trained to run around an obstacle course and bring its owner a rubber bone, like dogs can. However, this is never likely to happen because cats are not of that nature. You can train a cat to go in a litter tray, to stop scratching the couch and curtains and to wait patiently for its food rather than try to catch it on its way out of the can. However, you will be waiting a long time to get it to play dead or roll over on command.

This is perhaps why people make the mistake of saying that cats cannot be trained. Without a doubt, you will not be able to convince a cat to do useless things, but this does not mean that it cannot be trained. You simply have to become conscious of universal cat rules on the subject. Sometimes, through practice, a cat will begin to do things that entertain, but this will be as a pleasant side-effect of a fuller training program. After all, cats like to play. Just give them a catnip mouse and watch them go.

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