To make our cat attend to his name we have to work helping us with the most pleasant stimuli for them, which are food and affection.
First of all we must choose the ideal time to start the exercise, which will be when we see that our partner is more receptive. It is important to avoid that it is just after the meal or when the cat is distracted on its own with some fun of your liking. In both cases we will not have the necessary interest.
In the moments in which we dedicate ourselves in depth to interact with them we will begin to use his name, always accompanying him with caresses. It is important to use a sweet and affectionate tone of voice, speak slowly and close to him, frequently speaking his name, so that he becomes accustomed to the sound and to which it is related to him. The objective is that whenever he hears the sound he is able to relate it to moments appreciated by him.
Later, every time we say his name and he attends us, we will reward him to make him understand how good it is that when he hears that sound he hears us. The prize can be a dummy if our cat is a treat or a good dose of pampering and caresses if it is what he likes most. With this we have already begun to condition his attitude, so that he will soon relate the stimulus to the appropriate response.
We should not be very heavy, with two or three times in an hour is more than enough. Little by little we will increase the distance of the call. If the cat looks, but does not come, we will approach him to remind him of the prize that awaits him. We will let you sniff the cookie or we will give you a good caress. Slowly we will move away from him and call him again. In the event that you go, we will give you the definitive prize “ostentatiously” to show you that you have done very well. In case we haven't gotten yet
Cats are very intelligent animals, they will soon relate the sound to something good and will come quickly as soon as they hear it.
However, we must be prudent. We must never mention his name in unpleasant moments for him. If we are going to scold him we should not call him to come. In this way the cat will think "I have come and they have deceived me, next time I am not going". The negative stimulus in cats is much more powerful than the positive one, so that a single negative stimulus will end the work of dozens of positive stimuli and the next time we call it the deaf person will become deaf. If we are to give him a little scolding, it is best that we be the ones who come to him and use a totally different tone of voice so that our cat can clearly differentiate both attitudes.
Choose the name appropriately
To show your cat its name you first need to have chosen it properly. You should keep in mind that the name you choose has to be simple, short and not composed for more than one word to facilitate your learning. In addition, it should also be an easy name to pronounce so that the cat associates it correctly and cannot resemble any other training order we have taught, since there will be no possibility of the cat confusing them.
It is recommended to always call your cat in the same way, without going to diminutives or aliases and with the same tone of voice, so that it is easier to associate it with what you are referring to.
It is normal to choose the name of your cat based on their physical characteristics or a specific personality trait but in reality, as long as you follow the above guidelines, you can choose the name for your cat that you like the most.
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Guidelines to consider
Although the vast majority believe that cats cannot be trained, the truth is that they are animals very intelligent and they learn very easily if given the right stimulus. They are just as smart as dogs, what happens is that their independent, curious and detached character makes it harder to get their attention but in reality, we just need to find a way to motivate them, just as a dog is taught to recognize their first name.
When educating a cat, the ideal is to start doing it as soon as possible, especially in the first 6 months of life, which is when the cat has more learning capacity since it is in the middle of socialization.
The more pleasant stimuli for cats are food and affection, so this is what we will use to attract your attention and show your name. The food that we are going to give you, which will act as a "reward", should not be the one we give you every day but it has to be some special treat or candy that we know you love and that is irresistible to our pet, since the Learning will be much more affective.
The most appropriate time to show your cat its name is when it is more receptive, that is, when we see that it is not distracted playing something on its own or that it is not resting after eating, that it is not nervous, etc. because at this time we will not be able to capture your interest and it will be impossible for us to do the training.
If your cat has not been socialized correctly or has had a psychological problem, you may have more difficulty learning his name but if not, any cat is able to do so if the right stimuli and motivations are used. Especially when they understand that after doing such a good thing, you give them a treat in the form of a treat.
How to show your name to my cat step by step?
As we have previously implied, the key to teaching a cat its name is positive reinforcement, so the first thing we have to do to start training is to choose the appetizing treats that we will use as a reward, such as, for example, some tuna bauble that is something that attracts them a lot.
Next, we will begin to call the cat by its name, pronouncing it clearly at a distance of less than 50 centimeters and with a warm and affectionate tone so that associate your name with something nice. This is very important since we have to get our pussy to relate that sound to pleasant, positive or fun situations so that he will listen to us when we name him and come to our call.
Then, if we have managed to capture the attention of our cat and have managed to look at us, we will give you a reward in the form of a treat for having turned to call him by name. If you have not looked at us, then we will not give you anything, so you will know that you will only have your reward when you pay attention to us.
If, apart from having looked at us, our cat approaches us when we call him by his name, then we must also correspond with treats with caresses and pampering, which are another of the most positive stimuli, so that he understands that we are happy with the behavior that has been. So little by little, the animal will associate the sound of its name with pleasant experiences for him. On the other hand, if he looks at us but does not come to us, then we can get a little closer to him to remind him of what awaits him as a reward if he does.
It is important that we know that with 3 or 4 times per hour we do this exercise is enough not to overwhelm the cat and get the message. What we can do is show your name to the cat every day and take advantage of any pleasant moment, such as when we put your food on the plate, to call it by its name and thus reinforce that word even more.
As we see that the cat is learning his name, we can move away a little more and more to name him, and if he comes to us, then we will reward him vigorously with pampering and treats to make him understand that he has done so well. Otherwise, we should not reward you and we have to keep trying with patience and perseverance, but always be careful not to tire our pet.
Precautions to use your name
Negative stimuli are much more effective than positive ones in cats so that only one negative can end the exercise of many positives, so it is very important that don't use his name to call him in vain or at some negative moment as for example, when you have to scold him for something, but only to train him and reinforce the sound once he has retained it.
The only thing we will get by calling him to come when we are going to scold him is that the pussy thinks we have cheated on him, not only not rewarding him with a treat but we have also scolded him with bad faces. So the next time you do the same, your pet will think: "I will not go for that." If you have to scold him for something, it is better that you approach him and use a body language and a different tone of voice than you normally use to know how to differentiate them.
Note that all the members of your house must use the same name to call your cat and they should reward him just like you do, with food and love. Do not worry because everyone's tone of voice is different since cats know how to distinguish specific sounds perfectly, so you will be able to recognize the voice of each one of you without any problem.
So, teaching your cat's name step by step can be useful for many things, for example, to call him when you do not find him at home and he has hidden, to warn him of any danger or domestic accident, to call him when he escapes outside home or just to let him know that he already has his food ready on the plate or when you feel like interacting with him with his cat toys. What we assure you is that this exercise will help you strengthen your bond and that the relationship with your pussy is much closer.
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