When we talk about education, we hardly refer to cats. In fact, it is a species that unlike dogs is more independent and tends not to obey orders. However, domestic cats often and willingly have behaviors that should be correct and from an early age I have to learn certain teachings. The character of the cat is quite capricious and does not submit to the master. Unlike the dog, the reward or punishment doesn’t really matter much in educating a cat. Before thinking about teaching the feline something, it is good to know its nature and respect it, to create a balance between the needs of the cat and life in common in a home.
The cat hates being forced to do something and prefers rewards. Indeed, the domestic feline gets to leave a house if it does not like the environment. With cats it is best to avoid constraints, but to prefer calm and patience, while maintaining firmness.
For example, if the cat gets on the table, the owner will have to bring him down each time in a patient way, accompanying the gesture with a “no”, until the animal is free of that habit and associating the gesture with the word “no”, that is, which corresponds to the prohibition. In this case it may be useful to reward the cat under the table. With the cat it is better to banish any educational method that works with dogs. The ideal reward for a feline will be to throw food and thus have the cat play.
Never scold a domestic feline
Experts strongly advise against scolding a cat, blocking it in its activity even if it is causing trouble. For the cat it is an intrusiveness with which it is blocked and limited in its natural behavior, such as clawing on the sofa. So much so that to educate cats we talk about “bollards” or behaviors and small tricks with which cats are removed in a natural way, for example from kitchen shelves or plants. The best thing to prevent a cat from ruining the sofa will be to buy a nice scratching post. A cat should have a variety of distractions and games available such as platforms that wind through the walls.
Scolding the cat when caught red-handed is never the best solution. For the animal, the punishment is frustrating and as soon as the cat has the opportunity, in the absence of the owner, he will repeat the mistake.
The best solution even when a cat urinates on the bed is not to scold but to firmly remove the animal from the bed and not violently or abruptly. If the cat senses anger, he runs away. Not for what he did but for the anger he feels in the master. In this case, the cat, like the dog, reacts to the mood of the owner.
More than “scolding” a domestic cat, the experts suggest a method by which the owners give firm answers to the animal, keeping calm, thus avoiding any small revenge or spite. Accompany a feline in its behavior, showing it what to do, avoiding repressing it.