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Most people tend to believe that cats can't be trained but in fact cats can be made to learn helpful behaviors and innovative tricks. They can even be trained for participating in competitive tournament to demonstrate their alertness.

General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home
You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.
General Cat Care #2: Feeding
An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).

Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.

Well, there are certain differences between training dogs and cats. Usually, cats don't get as motivated as dogs are by praise. Moreover, cats aren't impulsively motivated to work with humans. That shouldn't discourage you from imparting them some training. On using the correct method and a bit of your creativity, you'll be surprised by the learning capabilities of your cat.

Remember: Cats react to positive treatment, not to penalties

You should keep in mind that cats can be made to learn new activities through positive and reward based exercises. It is unhealthy to reprimand or dominate. These are the steps for you to get started:

1. The best back ups you may employ are treats – but find the best ones.

Cats like to have soft, stinky and gooey treats. Some may require a special item for motivation. It means you have to try different foods to know the kind of food your cat adores. Some may like diced chicken, turkey or commercially available cat food while other may prefer having tuna or baby food with a flavor of meat. Personal preferences vary with the cat.

2. Let the cat get used to getting rewarded in response to specified activities

General Cat Care #3: Grooming
Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs
General Cat Care #4: Handling
To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.
General Cat Care #5: Housing
Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.

In the beginning go for easy tricks so that the cat become aware that nice things take place while the training session is going on.

3. Practice, practice, and more practice… but avoid being excessive

Keep repeating the process of training consecutively, prompting the cat to learn why it is being rewarded. The idea is not to bore your cat or make it get tired. You want it to appreciate the connection between an assigned activity and reward along with the command connected to that activity.

4. Try utilizing a clicker to back up timing and – finally reduce treats.

It is imperative that you reward your cat soon after it has performed the desired activity. However, you may find it difficult to time the reward just at the precise moment, meaning immediately after it has performed the expected act. In such cases it is good to employ a clicker that releases a sound to tell the cat that what it just did was great. You can train the cat to appreciate clicker by just clicking it and awarding the cat without asking it to perform any action. Soon, after a couple of times the cat would understand that the noise from clicker indicates that something good is on the way. That's how you can perfect the timing for rewarding your cat.

5. After the cat has completely mastered its first trick, proceed to others.

On using your clicker in association with treats, you may initiate the cat to perform simple activities like “stay”, “down and “come.” However, you should be creative and may consider schooling the cat for other activities such as walking with a strap.

General Cat Care #6: Identification
If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.
General Cat Care #7: Litter Box
All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).
Updated: February 24, 2017 — 5:55 pm

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