Cats and dogs do not think alike, and trying to use the same training methods on a cat that you would use on a dog will only backfire and cause more behavior problems.
Cats have completely different instincts and react differently to situations than dogs do. Yelling or physically punishing a cat will only make them fear you, rather than solve behavior problems.
However, there is one learning method cats, dogs, and even people do have in common – and that is classical conditioning. In other words, they learn to associate certain behaviors with certain outcomes.
Cats learn that certain activies result in positive rewards, so they continue to do them over and over again. Other actions cause negative outcomes, so they avoid them.
So, what is the difference between this and simply punishing your cat? Won’t yelling at your cat when they do something wrong make them associate the behavior with a negative outcome?
It might, but wouldn’t it better if your cat associated their bad behavior with the negative consequence, rather than associating the negative consequence with you?
In other words, wouldn’t you rather they learn that scratching the couch causes an unpleasant consequence, instead of them fearing you and only scratching the couch when you are not around?
This is one of the most important things for you to understand when it comes to teaching your cat to do what you want – and for stopping unwanted behaviors.
Whether your cat is acting out because of stress, a medical condition, or simply doesn’t know what you expect…the result is enough to drive you up the wall. But now you can finally end this frustrating behavior.
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