I owe four cats myself, although I am a dog trainer, cats hold a special place in my heart. I had to train plenty of kitties to do the right thing, along with doggies.
I have two outdoor and two indoor cats. When I first move in with my husband, his cat was so skittish, she had the tendency to run away at the smallest sounds.
In order to gain her trust, before she had her dinner, I would call her by her name and give her treat.
I sat on the floor, near to where she was, and called her name. I averted my eyes from her and placed the treat on the floor, a little far from me, with my back turned from her. When she investigated, in a real sweet voice I praised her. I didnít touch her, until she own me. I'm sure you know, a kitty owes you when they rub their nose against you and rub on you. In kitty land, they are just stating that you are a part of their feline family.
I would suggest always sitting when you give the skittish cat a treat. So you donít appear so large to the cat. Place the treat far from you, just extend your arm as far as it goes, place the treat down, turn your back, cross your arms, and wait. As the kitty gets more use to you, kitty will come to you.
Also, you can ensure the skittish kitty is happy by passing by it and just placing treats where you walking. Bend down and place it, never throw it. Just to see if the skittish kitty will follow you.
Always use food before the cats eat dinner or breakfast.
If that fails, you may want to invest in kitty training. Sounds silly I know, but as a dog trainer, I have learned that the cats always run and rule the house. Sometimes I have to deal with the cat of the house, before I begin training the dog of the house.
Thereís no real extended information in dog training courses on how to deal with the cats of the home. So, I invested in Cat Secrets, which has been really helpful to me in my field when I go into people's home to assit them with training.
Donít get me wrong, Iím huge on taking our feline family to the vetís to ensure their health is in purrfect order.
You can go to your vet and take the kitty in for a checkup to ensure all is well. If all else fails, you can invest in Cat Secrets, that program has really helped me out with some tips on some scary kittyís.
Itís loaded with lots of useful information that will lead you to the correct method to really help your feline friend. Itís hard to tell someone how to deal with their beloved pet, if I canít observe the petsí behavior. An owner, or pet lover, knows their beloved pet more than anyone.
Cats can be taught.
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This trainer has tips on cats and helping them with kitty manners.
Good luck and let me know how it goes for you.