That is because the owner doesn’t understand its usual behaviour ~
There are lots of videos on the internet where the cat and its owner shake hands. Do you also want your cats to be so enviable? However, training cats are a lot more difficult because of their origins and differences in nature.
Dogs’ ancestors werewolves that lived in packs and look to a pack leader for direction. The domestication of dogs took place from about 32,000 to 15,000 years ago and together with the ancient hunter-gatherer groups, they still lived in community, thus forming a group cooperative life habit and look to human cues that will benefit them in the form of food, shelter, affection and leadership, that’s why they are much easier to train.
But cats are different. Domestic cats are originated from wild cats and belong to a solitary species that doesn’t depend on leadership for survival. They hunt for survival and bond to their territories. Therefore there is almost no habit of group collaboration, so they are difficult to be trained. Being so, the owner should not try to change their nature but rather find ways to let them fit into family life.
So how do the owners adapt to the cat’s habits to get them fit into the home?
- Create a good atmosphere
Cat nature is very sensitive to the surrounding environment. To make the cat live in a comfortable indoor environment, a soft bed is a must-have choice. The food bowl and the basin should be kept as clean as possible. The owner may wish to prepare a “fountain” basin that can have flowing water which would entice the cat to drink more water and enjoy family life. Of course, to keep the cat happy, a quiet environment and healthy and delicious food are also important.
2. Do not disturb them late at night
Cats are “night owls”, owners can increase their amount of activity during the day and play games with it. Even having spent considerable time with them in the daytime and vented some of their energy, they may still at night disturb their owners who are already in bed. At this time, the owners’ strength is very important, and you must hold back and ignore it, otherwise, the clever cat will get into a habit and insist on being willful.
3. Leave the furniture alone
Cats need to grind their claws. If there is no proper appliance in the house, the sofa or wooden furniture at home may suffer. There are glands on the cat’s claws that can secrete the cat’s exclusive smell, so once the cat has scratched a piece of furniture, it will instinctively find the same position to grind its claws again. A scratch pole is therefore essential, not only can it solve the need of the cat to grind the claws, but it also protects the furniture from being damaged.
In short, letting the cat “stay at home” does require the owner to give it some thought. Knowing the cats, starting from their nature and step by step, the cat will gradually understand how best to fit in your home!