This is how you can raise your cat

It's not as easy as dogs, but you can raise your cat too. The correct behavior on your part and a lot of patience and empathy are on the agenda. But if you persevere, you will be rewarded with exemplary cat behavior. Image: Shutterstock / ots-photo


In order to build a harmonious relationship between human and cat and to ensure that your cat doesn't bring too much chaos into your own four walls, you should raise your cat. Here cat owners can do a lot wrong. Scolding is not helpful in cat education. Instead, rely on love, patience and consistency.

Raising a cat: with love and patience

Our velvet paws are smart. You usually immediately understand what you want from them. Whether the Stubentiger implement it is a completely different question. You have to lovingly point this out and sweeten the accomplishment of the task. Consequence is the magic word. What is forbidden remains forbidden and what is allowed always remains allowed. Everything else confuses your velvet paw.

Cats learn using links. Immediately reward correct behavior with treats or extra pats so that the cat associates correct behavior with something positive. If your cat does something that it shouldn't do, offer her alternatives: For example, an interesting scratching post if Miezi gets lost on your furniture. When begging, however, only consistent ignoring helps. You can read more tips on cat education in the guide on "important basic rules".

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Aversive training methods in cats: Better not

Proponents of stricter educational measures are happy to recommend that they be made clearer by scaring the cat or by exposing it to unpleasant stimuli; for example with a spray from a water pistol or the loud clatter of an empty beverage can with coins. The goal is that the Miez learns to stop performing certain behaviors. But be careful: So-called aversive training methods are very controversial - not only when dealing with cats - because they are mostly used incorrectly and can quickly lead to a break in the relationship between animal and owner. You also run the risk of unsettling your cat or even scaring it.

Cats don't understand if you scold them

It is better if you approach the matter with love and patience as described above and rely on positive reinforcement in cat education. Negative sanctions such as punishments or ranting are usually not an effective means, since cats do not understand what their people want from her at the moment. Under no circumstances does your cat want to annoy you when it whets its claws on the sofa or tigers across the table - it is always about its advantage; you may just want attention. Scolding your kitty, spraying it with water, or otherwise punishing it doesn't link it to its misconduct. She didn't do anything bad in her eyes. Your favorite person just gets loud and scary, which in the worst case can lead to the kitty getting scared of you or developing behavioral problems. You can read more about this topic in the guide: "Cat education: Are punishments and scolding useless?".

Additional tips on how to raise your cat

The following guides give further and specific tips on cat education:

• Motivate cats to exercise: how it works
• Raising kittens: What kittens have to learn
• Freedom of choice: Why cats like to choose
• Avoid mistakes in cat education
• Shy cat: tips for raising fear
• Raising a shelter cat: get your fur nose used to a new home
• Cat education for scratching, biting and aggressiveness
• Tips for cat education: help with flavorings

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