Training and Socialization for Your Cat

posted: by: South River Veterinary Service Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

Although most of us do not train our cats to do ticks, we do train them to become affectionate and gentle household members.
   
  • Give your cat daily personal play time, lap time and massage time. Avoid contact play, use balls and toys but not your hands when playing with the cat.
  • Do not over-stimulate your cat with excessive physical contact and patting. This can sometimes encourage aggressive play behavior.
  • Respect your cats down time, personal time and sleep time and make sure your children respect it as well.
  • Expose your cat gradually to new situations and people in a non-confrontational manner.
  • Reward good behavior and ignore the negative (a cat may actually scratch a piece of furniture in order to get attention)!
  • Give your cat a high, secure perch form which to view situations with which she is uncertain.