Cats are known for their independence and self-interest. They will resist attempts to train them by punishment, reacting with fear rather than obedience. The result of failure to instill obedience may be that the cat trains the owner, for example, teaching the human to feed it when it complains.
Problem behaviors include scratching, spraying, climbing Christmas trees, eating butter, scratching eyeballs, meowing all night, fighting in the litter box, climbing into food cabinets and fridge, running out every open door, having poo rings on butt, flinging poo after using litter box, and biting.
A cat may be trained to do tricks such as playing dead or ringing the doorbell.
It often helps to expand upon an activity that the cat appears to do naturally (such as is done with dolphins); for example, a cat that routinely plays with a specific toy with its human may be taught to fetch more easily than the cat who does not seem to care for human interaction when playing.
- ^ a b Debra Pirotin, Sherry Suib Cohen (1985-05), No Naughty Cats: The First Complete Guide to Intelligent Cat Training, ISBN 9780060154387 Check date values in:
- H. Ellen Whiteley (2006), Understanding and Training Your Cat Or Kitten, pp. 1–8, ISBN 9780865345096
- H. Ellen Whiteley (2006), "ch.4 Etiquette Training", Understanding and Training Your Cat Or Kitten, ISBN 9780865345096
- H. Ellen Whiteley (2006), "ch.7 Teaching", Understanding and Training Your Cat Or Kitten, ISBN 9780865345096
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