Teaching cats boundaries may seem like a bit of a stretch, but it is something that can be vitally important if you are looking to help protect your furry friend. Not only will it let you allow your pet cat outside, but it will also help teach a cat where it can, and can't, go around your home. This can be extremely helpful when you don't want your fuzzy feline friend to go somewhere you don't like, such as your counters, in the garage, or down the block. The question is, how do you go about teaching cats boundaries? After all, they are supposed to be a bit more stubborn than dogs, right? Well, here are three different methods that you can use to teach your cat where it can, and can't, go.
- Use the invisible fence. One of the most effective methods for keeping your cat within your yard is to use one of those invisible fences. These items can be purchased at just about any pet store, and are really good at teaching pets (both cats and dogs) about where they can and can't go. However there is a bit of a drawback when using these items, and that is they are designed to use outside of the home. In addition, you will want to read the instructions that come with your product very carefully so that you can be sure that you will use the product properly and lower the chances of any accidents.
- Clicker training can be effective. Another effective method for training felines is called the clicker method. The way that this method usually works is that you have a small item that makes a rather loud and obnoxious clicking noise when you press on a button. You will make this noise whenever you notice your cat behaving in a manner that you don't like, or approve of. In addition, it will often work so that you can teach your cat that you don't want it to go somewhere either. Keep in mind that this method will usually require a lot of patience to utilize properly.
- Formal training. There are also formal training classes for felines that you could attend. Keep in mind that these will usually be a little more involved than the ones for a dog. The reason for that is simple...cats can be a little more stubborn than dogs, so it will take more time to get them to work. These types of classes can be found at most stores like PetSmart and Petco or similar pet stores.