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UNDERSTANDING HOW YOUR CAT THINKS - HOW TO TRAIN THEM

By orangevilla1514320, Dec 17 2014 02:54PM



You hear the unmistakable sound of claws on couch. No matter what you do you can't seem to find a way to alter the behavior. Why is it so difficult to understand your cat? According to Veterinarian Tony Buffington, as far as the cat is concerned you are just a huge, unpredictable ape. Your cat isn't ignoring your attempts to stop the destruction he just doesn't know how to connect your negative reinforcement with his behavior. This is because, unlike dogs that work as a team, cats evolved as solitary hunters with little need for reading social cues, especially those for behavior modification. "How the hell is your cat supposed to know that you're yelling at him because you want him to stop something?" Buffington says. Without the cognitive ability to connect your outburst with the behavior, cats see only chaotic aggression. Instead of discouraging the act, you become an object of fear. What's more your cat becomes frustrated and stressed. This can lead to a variety of medical problems. The way to train your cat is through their environment. Make the undesired behavior less appealing on it's own (like putting double sided tape on the arm of the couch or on the counter top) and the desired one more so (a nice scratching post scented with catnip). Then let the cat figure it out by itself.


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