3 Helpful Cat Training Products
Whether you want to teach your cat some basic rules (e.g., no scratching the sofa or jumping on the kitchen table) or you want to train your kitty to do some fun tricks, the right tools and techniques can help you get the best results.
Of course, training a cat requires a lot of time, so you need to be patient and prepared to work with your pet on a consistent basis, but if you implement the right products, you might be able to achieve your training goals more efficiently.
Before using any training tool, be sure to weigh its pros and cons, and consider whether or not it would be appropriate for your unique feline friend. Then, follow the manufacturer’s directions to be sure you’re using it safely and effectively.
Clicker and Target Stick
Clicker training can be a good method to try when you want to train your kitty to do tricks, such as give you her paw, sit, or turn in a circle. All you need is a high-quality clicker and some treats that you can give as a reward. Basically, when your cat follows a command or behaves in a positive way, you can click the button on the clicker to make a sound and let your cat know that she did the right thing. Then, you can give her a treat to reinforce the behavior.
Target training is a strategy you can try with your cat when you want to teach her how to do tricks or when you want to guide her to a particular spot. This can also be a good option when you are training your kitty to use speech buttons, as you’ll want your cat to learn how to press the buttons to communicate with you. For this, you’ll need a target stick and some treats to reward your kitty for performing desired behaviors.
Double-sided tape can help prevent your feline friend from scratching your furniture or jumping on furniture she shouldn’t be on. It’s simple: as soon as your cat’s paws touch the tape, she won’t like the way it feels, so she’ll stop the unwanted behavior. A good example is Sticky Paws Furniture Strips, which are designed to be safe for cats and are also available in rolls and sheets.
A Deterrent Spray
Using a spray bottle to try to teach your cat that certain behaviors aren’t allowed isn’t the best idea. It may make your pet fear you, and there’s also the possibility that your kitty will exhibit those unwanted behaviors when you aren’t looking or you aren’t home. An alternative is a harmless spray that’s motion-activated, like the PetSafe SSSCat Spray Deterrent. This might be a more effective way to keep your cat off the counter or table, or to keep her from getting too close to the front door if she tends to try to run outside, as it will work on its own even when you aren’t there.
As you can see, you don’t need much, and you don’t have to spend much money, to get a few products that can help you train your cat in a gentle, effective way.
Lisa Selvaggio is a freelance writer and editor, and our resident cats-pert, with certifications in pet nutrition and pet first aid. She enjoys producing content that helps people understand animals better so they can give their pets a safe and happy home.
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