Cat Training Tips – How Long Can a Cat Be Left Alone?
Cat training is not as easy as teaching a dog to sit, stay or heel but it can be rewarding. Some of the most basic things to teach your pet cat are to use the toilet as well as to stay home alone and behave. To do this, every cat owner should know is that cats learn by experience.
It is important to understand how cats learn in order to be successful in your cat training exercise. Our beloved pet cats don’t understand English nor can they read books and fine print. It is only on how they experience a situation that they learn how to do it right. Just the same, if the experience was unpleasant to them, it is certain that they will do all they can to avoid it.
As a tip, the only way that your cat will take in what you’ll teach them is to make the training as exceedingly rewarding and pleasurable as you can. One mistake of most cat owners is that they reward their cat for their obnoxious behavior – somehow thinking it’s the only way for them to stop raking into the furniture or to stop misbehaving. This also goes for those cat owners who, after being pounced at by their cat at 5 in the morning, stand up to feed their cat, play with him or let him go outside. In the cats mind, this behavior can get him what he wants so it will keep doing this rambunctious behavior every 5 in the morning of your whole life together.
The most important question for cat owners, perhaps, is how long can a cat be left alone? The more appropriate extension to this question is “how long can a cat be left alone before he destroys the entire furniture and wallpaper?” In this case, it is important to understand that cats are very social animals. They possess more complex emotional needs. They intensely bond with human beings and they have that constant need for human companionship to truly thrive.
When isolated, cats can be incredibly resilient and adaptable. This also depends on how accustomed they are to being around people. If they’re used to having people around most of the time, the sudden change can really affect them emotionally. However, if it’s only for a matter of a few hours, they’ll surely be able to adapt to it.
A good cat training technique if you need to leave your cat alone when you go to work or to do some errands is to set the terms of interaction. Spend time with him as much as you can but also set a time that he can be alone. This way, your cat will learn to get used to being by himself.