If you are a dog lover, and like to start with a cat, then to help you out for a successful switching over on the “other side”, that is to get to the roots including fear of teeth and sharper claws, aggression, marking, scratching etc, here are some special tips from a famous feline expert.
Lot of common things that we know about dogs can be directly applied to cats, but with some important differences. There are also many incorrect assumptions about cats that should be avoided.
Here Are The Top 10 Special Tips
- Cats can be incredibly affectionate and dependent on people. Because so many cats are indoor only, this really changes their interests to be more focused on us. Training cats is self-entertaining in addition to investing in quality play time every day.
- Cats can be certainly trainable, but it’s important to pay close attention to their body language. For example, when we are petting a cat, he might start to twitch his ears, turn his head or sound a cranky meow. This means, “I’m starting to get irritated and I’d like it if you stopped”. Being aware of the signals your cat is sending you and rewarding positive behavior with affection and treats are the two best training techniques of all.
- Tail wagging does not mean that your cat is happy. While this is certainly true for their canine counterparts, cats will usually “flick” their tails when they are irritated.
- When cats roll over they really do not want to play or are being submissive. Unlike dogs, when cats lie on their backs, rather than asking for a belly rub they are really saying, “I have all four claws up in the air and am ready to bite, so back off.”
- There are some great books to help both novices and the initiated alike. ( for e.g. Think like a Cat by Pam Johnson Bennet and What is my cat thinking? by Gwen Bailey).
- Wrestling is strictly not recommended. Roughhousing with your cat can send the wrong signal about what hands are for.
- Cats can be social with other cats, but it’s not something that’s well understood. Getting two kittens or adopting a bonded pair from a shelter can be a good idea, but introducing two adult cats doesn’t always work.
- All cats are different and although they may not need to be taken to the park, they still need love and attention. Be diligent about regularly cleaning the litter box to keep cats (and people) happy.
- Indoor only cats absolutely need exercise. “Interactive” cat toys (such as a feather wand) are key for mimicking the “hunt” experience and getting your cat to jump and run around. Playing with your cat can also help prevent aggression toward humans and other animals, boredom, separation anxiety and attention-seeking behavior.
- According to Experts, there are two things cats really like: to be up high and to scratch. Cat parents either need to accommodate these needs or engage in a constant battle. “Getting a tall cat tree with a scratching post helps prevents cats from climbing on tables and ruining the furniture. There are now even a handful of modern-looking cat trees on the market.