TRAINABLE CAT: A Practical Guide


TRAINABLE CAT: A Practical Guide

JOHN BRADSHAW & SARAH ELLIS    Book Number: 87201    Product format: Hardback

Cats are wild and unpredictable, and that is their charm. But there's part of you that feels murderous every time your pet leaps up onto the table when you're making cheesecake or syllabub. The authors are certain that you can train your cat and point out that if you show extra affection when lifting it off the table, it will return. Negative reactions are required to reinforce the message, and the secret is quite simply a system of rewards or sanctions, as cats aren't interested in anything other than their own comfort. Operant conditioning is an important factor in training a cat to understand that certain actions will work out positively or negatively, and the food treat, or withdrawal of petting, must be applied immediately, ideally overlapping with the behaviour that triggered it. Rewards can take many forms and a primary reinforcer may be food, remembering that cats like small amounts, while play is a back-up method, perhaps with the introduction of a wand to manipulate an interactive toy. Grooming can be another inducement. In calming a cat's fears, habituation is the first step, and capturing your pet's scent is a good way to familiarise an unfamiliar object, either through direct contact or by leading with a stick. The authors use case histories, including Sarah's beloved cat Herbie, to cover topics such as understanding your cat, training philosophy, cats with other cats, adapting to the environment, visits to the vet, and dealing with the bloody corpses they bring in from time to time. 325pp, black and white photos.
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ISBN 9780465050901
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