Cats are just as trainable as dogs and there is no reason why a rescue cat cannot be trained in exactly the same way any other cat can be trained. Even the most feral stray has a chance of fitting in with a new family. However, there are a few factors that should be taken into account when selecting a rescue cat such as their age, demeanour and the shelter that they came from.
1). Age And Cat Training
Just like most animals, cats are easier to train from a younger age. A kitten hasn’t had a chance to form certain behaviours and characteristics and will be more susceptible to learning than an older cat. This doesn’t mean that older rescues are not trainable but only that it may take more time and patience to train them.
Feral cats are going to be more difficult to train because they may portray a wide variety of fears. These fears make them skittish and not susceptible to training. To train a stray, the fears must first be overcome. A fear of humans is one of the first obstacles to training that will need to be addressed.
Rescue cats that have already had some good interactions with humans and have been socialised to a degree will not have the same fears. However, they may still require a little additional time and patience to train.
3). The Shelter
Shelters offer different forms of caring for rescue animals. Some shelters only provide for the physical needs of the animal whereas others invest time in socialising the rescues and providing them with some training. This additional care often results in a cat that is easier to adopt.
When choosing a rescue cat that can be trained, it is best to find a shelter that already provides training and socialisation for their animals. Remember to ask the shelter what training methods they use. Following through with the method that the cat has become accustomed to will lead to greater success than changing training methods.
4). Litter Box Training
A major concern for many people adopting stray or rescue cats is whether or not they can be house trained. The good news is that cats seem to instinctively know that they should dig a hole in the sand, do their business and then close it all up afterwards. A rescue cat may need a little encouragement to go to the toilet in a litter box that is unfamiliar to them. Place the cat or kitten in the litter box regularly and scratch around in the sand a little. Then leave them to become comfortable with the litter box.
Rescue cats are fairly easy to train and generally low maintenance as long as you use the right method of training. If you have any difficulty with socialisation, house training or other types of unwanted behaviours from a rescue cat, contact a vet or cat behaviourist for further assistance.
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