Features of the behavior of cats and the main cat team
Like a dog, a cat belongs to the so-called companion animals and lives in close proximity to humans. However, it does not lose its natural instincts and remains one of the most dangerous predators in its “weight category”.
The relationship of a cat with a person is widely discussed in various literature, but most of the owners do not always fully understand their pets.
There are still disputes in the scientific community as to whether the cat is completely a pet or can be attributed to the so-called “semi-domestic” species. In the light of all this, it may be difficult for cat owners to understand the causes of aggression or discontent, learn how to interact with the cat correctly or teach it to some commands. Below we will tell about some features of the behavior of cats.
What are cat teams?
There is an opinion that it is impossible to train a cat to any teams and that they are much more difficult to train than lions or tigers. However, practice shows that this is not entirely true, and that cats are quite capable of mastering simple commands: “to me”, “stand”, “jump”, “sit” and even “give a paw”.
It is very important that the cat that you are going to train is healthy, not scared, not under stress, and also that the trainer is patient, caring and consistent in his intentions. From about the age of six months, you can already train a cat in commands, observing the basic principles:
• only positive reinforcement (if, for example, your cat jumps over an obstacle – encourage it with affection and delicacy for each such jump);
• lack of punishment for non-compliance;
• short term (cats usually get tired of exercising more than 30 minutes a day).
The most important thing that the owner should remember is that no training is worth the health and well-being of the cat.
To encourage the cat, you can use pellets of dry food from its main diet or wet food.
What are the basic principles of sleeping and resting cats?
Cats are usually especially active at dusk and dawn. This is due to the fact that in nature at this time of day, cats hunt, and their vision is adapted to it.
It is normal for a cat to sleep in shelters, and the owner needs to create such “nooks” for the pet, especially if other animals or small children live in the house besides the cat. She should be able to hide and be alone. True, cats that grew up with dogs usually get along well with them.
Do not allow young children to terrorize a cat, instil in childhood understanding that it is impossible to pull a cat by the tail, ears or paws, prevent it from sleeping or resting, otherwise one of them could get hurt.
Because of their origin, cats love heat very much: they can bask in the sun for hours, and in the cold season they can spend long hours near heat sources.
The cat is aggressive or uncommunicative – what to do?
Questions of zoopsychology are quite complex and are the subject of analysis of specialists, this area includes manifestations of aggression, discontent, closeness of a cat and many others.
If you see that the cat is trying to injure you or your family members, then it is better to immediately contact a veterinarian – perhaps the cat is unwell or in a state of serious stress, maybe she needs emergency help.
Cats and cats may show serious aggression or dissatisfaction during periods of sexual activity (usually in the spring), which is solved by castration or sterilization. The use of any hormonal drugs, including those that change the behavior of an animal, is possible only on prescription.
Changes in pet behavior are likely to signal stress or may be due to a disease. If the incoherency of cats or dissatisfied meows briefly and periodically repeats, you should not be afraid – most likely, this is a manifestation of the individual characteristics of the psyche.
Cat eating behavior
Sometimes cats show selectivity or even fastidiousness in food. However, most often the owners exaggerate its degree. Practice shows that some cat owners change their feed in less than 24 hours after reducing the pet’s appetite.
But before you change the benign, pre-approved by your veterinarian diet, you must:
• Remove feed at a time, and then set again;
• Thoroughly wash the dishes and do not use low-quality plastic;
• Heat food slightly to a warm, but not hot state;
• Wait 6–12 hours.
If none of these techniques worked, and there is no appetite for more than 24 hours, then it is better to contact a veterinarian.
The ratio of cats to water
Due to the origin of the cats do not need much water. However, if the cat completely refuses water for more than 24 hours, you should contact your veterinarian. Also remember that:
• Thirsty cats can be reduced by adding wet food to the diet;
• You may simply not notice how and when she drinks;
• She may be unhappy with a water bowl or prefer another source of drink;