In the new age of cat-loving, many pet owners have learned how to train their pets to do things like combing the yard, picking up litter, and even fetching groceries from the house.
But there’s a catch: The cat’s not going to learn all that new tricks until it’s three to four years old.
“It’s the same old problem: it’s hard for cats to get into the habit of doing things like these.
They’re very sensitive to touch,” says Dr. Jennifer Hough, a veterinary behaviorist at the University of California at Los Angeles.
“You don’t want them to start doing things when they’re not accustomed to doing them.”
Dr. Hough says it’s especially hard for older cats, who are more likely to have emotional and behavioral problems, including anxiety and aggression.
The good news, though, is that the best thing a cat can do to keep its personality and behavior in check is to make sure it’s never fed or petted.
“They’re not going anywhere, so it’s not a problem.
If they’re fed and they’re socialized to be socialized, that will help a lot,” says Hough.
If your cat has a hard time learning to do something, it may be because he’s been exposed to a behavior or environment that’s unfamiliar to him.
But don’t fret: There are a few things you can do.
Here are a couple of tips to help your cat learn new behaviors, and get comfortable with the unfamiliar, in a safe environment: Teach your cat to lie down: Cats need to lie all the time.
You don’t have to be in a chair, but it’s always better to have your cat lie down on his back, rather than at the head of his crate.
Make sure your cat is comfortable by placing him in a harness.
This will give him a place to lie on his side and keep his head from getting too close to the ground.
A safe way to make your cat feel secure is to let him have a petting crate with him, but only for about two hours a day, Hough recommends.
(Your veterinarian can recommend a crate for your cat’s age.)
Teach your cats to play with toys: It’s best to teach your cat toys instead of toys, because cats don’t like to be tugged or yanked around.
This is a good thing: Cats will get used to tugging and yanking because it makes them feel safe.
But it’s important to remember that you don’t need to teach them to do it all at once.
You may need to give them a break if they’re playing with toys too quickly.
“If you give them toys and they can’t play, that’s when you might have an issue,” Hough advises.
And be patient with your cat.
“Your cat is not going into a new situation.
You have to teach him something to learn.
If he doesn’t learn to do that, then you might be able to get away with giving him too much play time,” she says.
Teach your pet to walk on its own: This is something your cat may not be able or willing to do.
But if you let him walk, your cat will get a better idea of what to expect.
If you put your cat in a crate, the most important thing is to teach her how to use the crate to get around.
You can start by letting your cat stand up, or you can give him the option to climb on the edge of the crate.
It’s also a good idea to teach the cat to stand up so he can get used both to the crate and to the environment, Haugh says.
If there’s an opening for a foot or handrail, use that.
If it’s too far away, try putting your cat on a leash.
If the cat doesn’t like it, don’t force it.
“Some cats are very reluctant to go through a new environment.
If someone says, ‘Give your cat this toy, and you can take him home and he won’t get scared anymore,’ then you need to be able, in my opinion, to say, ‘I’m sorry, but I don’t think he’s ready to do this,'” Hough explains.
“And that’s a real, solid reason to keep a leash on your cat.”
Teach your feline to sleep on the floor: This one is a little more complicated, but you can teach your frolicking feline how to sleep under the covers, according to Hough: “In order to teach a cat that it’s OK to sleep in a corner, you need the same kind of training that you do with other cats, including a crate and an outdoor area,” she explains.
So, instead of placing your cat under the blanket, put your fawn under the crate or in a bowl.
“Put your fenced in cage next to the room