Scientists have told how to teach a cat to sit in a carrier on its own: 5 easy steps
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Researchers believe that cats are not only possible, but and needs to be trained. And it's much easier than we might think.
Statistics show that the coronavirus pandemic has caused an increase in the number of pet owners. However, most new owners of kittens rarely assume that he, like a puppy, will need some training, writes Science Alert.
Studies have shown that cats need support to adapt to life around people. Simple forms of training will not only make life easier with the animal, but will also significantly affect the well-being of cats.
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Lauren Finca of Nottingham Trent University and Daniel Cummings of the animal charity Cats Protection argue that cats have many benefits and simple training rules can make life easier for both yourself and the animal. For example, feel comfortable in a carrier, get used to car trips, endure grooming or check-ups at the veterinarian.
Scientists have described 5 simple steps that will help you easily teach your cat to climb into and settle in a carrier.
Step 1. Lure on a blanket
Scientists advise using a blanket and a place where the cat already feels safe. Next, lure your cat onto the blanket with food and reward with treats for staying on the blanket.
Feed a treat at nose level to encourage him to sit, then feed a treat at ground level to encourage your cat to sit down, and then finally lie down on the blanket.
Step 2: Use a carrier
Once the cat has mastered the first step, move on to the second. Place the blanket on the bottom of the carrier with the lid removed and repeat the same steps with a reward of treats.
Step 3. Close the carrier
When the cat is comfortable in the new place, place the lid on top of the carrier, but do not close the door. And repeat the reward process with treats.
Step 4. Place the door on the carrier
Once your cat is comfortable in the carrier with the lid closed, put the door back in place, but do not close it so that the cat does not feel trapped inside.
Slowly begin to close the door slightly and then open it again , giving the cat a treat each time.
Do this slowly until the door can close completely – start with a few seconds and reopen the door. Feed the cat treats through the closed door.
Step 5. Almost done
Scientists advise to continue the procedure with the door closed and rewarding with a treat, each time increasing the door closing time by a few seconds.
Note that each cat training should last no more than a few minutes. Scientists also warn that some cats will prefer to exercise no more than once a day, while others will be able to master two or three workouts. The process of training a cat is quite lengthy – several days or even weeks can pass between the first and the last step.