How to Train a Cat
Cats are very independent creatures—they are not as demanding of attention as dogs and they don’t make large efforts to win your approval. While this makes for a fairly laid-back, easy-going house companion, it can present training challenges.
While many cats can be trained to do tricks and walk on leashes, the most important training for cats
is to make sure they are performing normal and natural cat behaviors in the proper places at the proper
times. For example, toilet training a cat is critical to living happily with a cat. Cat potty training
is usually fairly easy to do as cats are naturally clean and prefer to bury their waste. The first step
to training kittens is to make sure they know where their litterbox is located. It is often necessary
to confine your kitten to a room with water,
food and a clean litterbox for a short time
until he or she is successfully using the
litterbox every time. Cat toilet training
usually happens very quickly.
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