You could have stumbled upon a lot of tips in training your cats from different websites or blogs, just like this site about training cats. Some may have worked, and some haven’t. Not all cats are the same. Actually, their preferences and behaviors differ depending on their breed, their age, and even their history. That is why training methods vary for each cat. However, there are some techniques that work on almost all types, ages and breeds of cats.
They say that rewards are more effective than punishments. This is also true when you are training cats. Cats respond better when they are praised and given some kind of reward for something good they had done. Giving your cat a treat when it obeys a simple command would make the cat know that when it does that in the future, it would receive a tasty snack. You have to keep in mind though that some breeds are more prone to obesity than others. You might want to consider healthy treats or even decreasing the amount of treats you give. You could consider doing a gesture that your cat loves instead of giving it a treat sometimes. For example, if your cat loves to sit on your lap, you can pick it up and let it nap on your lap if it scratched its claws on the post instead of on the furniture.
Cats respond to distinct sounds. The simple clicking sound can have a meaning to a cat. You could use this at your advantage. In fact, a lot of trainers have been using clickers for a long time, not only to cats but other animals, too. Clickers are very cheap. You could even use a pen with a button you can click – or anything that makes that distinct sound. And whenever your cat does something good, click the clicker before giving it a treat. This would let the cat know why it’s being rewarded. It would easily understand if you do it in order: command, click, treat.
Some cat owners think that cats understand them more if they feel pain, like when they get hit after playing roughly. But, it’s actually the opposite. Punishments do not work on cats. Instead it just gives them stress. Stress could lead to problems with the behavior and serious health issues. When your cat behaves badly, you could make a loud sound to startle it instead of hurting it with a stick. When it does not follow your command, simply do not give it a treat. If it still won’t use its litter box, know why and adjust the box or litter accordingly.
A cat’s purr can have many different meanings. It could not always mean that your cat is pleased or happy. A hiss might not be because of some rival cat that trespasses its territory. A cat can make 100 different vocalizations and even more gestures. For you to train your cat successfully, you would need to understand what your cat is trying to tell you before it could understand you.