Like humans, cats will respond to positive reinforcement. That is if the cat is happy, so will you be, and the results will be positive. Using praise or a pat on the head to reward good behavior will get the desired results.
Think of your cat’s face when you take it outside and play it in a gentle manner, as though you were playing with a baby. When the cat starts to roll over on its back, you call out “cheese!” If the cat jumps up excitedly, you shout “cheese!” The happy cat gets some extra attention.
In the same way, if you show your happy cat that you are pleased, the cat will follow your command. A cat loves attention. Just by looking at your happy cat, you will cause the cat to seek out the human’s attention. This should not be surprising, as you often have people in your home when you’re away.
So, a happy cat is worth a lot of praise. You can begin by finding a method of praise that will work well for you. If you have young children, using a baby voice, preferably with a happy tone of voice, is very effective. The happy tone will encourage the cat to behave the way you want it to, which will set the cat’s attention on you.
Sometimes, however, the happy cat is not in an area that is safe for your cat. For example, if your cat loves to go outside and play, but is outside where he or she is exposed to hazards, they may bite their paws on hard objects. An alternative to this is to place a feather in your cat’s chew toy stick. They will chew the item and this feather, prompting the cat to hide it. If you pet him/her and give the cat a treat, he/she will understand the feather and will stop chewing.
To enjoy cat care for cats, you need to be able to praise them when they do good things. The cat will respond, and since they love it, they will want to do it again.
Also, praise your cat when it does a special way of behaving. A cat that sits quietly while you talk to it, for example, will be happy to hear from you when you talk to it. Such positive reinforcement should become a habit to develop and should be done often, so your cat will want to do it again.
One thing to remember about praise, however, is that it must be in a special way to be able to bring about a happy cat. Avoid praising your cat the way a dog does when he has done a trick because your cat will not respond in the same way.
Another word of advice is to let your cat have some time to rest if they are not being exercised too much. When they are on the floor, and it seems that the time has gone by so quickly, praise your cat when it sits down and the rest of the time when it is still.
The best way to develop a happy cat is to give them lots of praise and affection when they are doing something right. This will encourage them to repeat it and want to do it again. Do not make the mistake of only praising your cat if it does something wrong.
It is good to use praise, so they will want to please you when they are doing something wrong. If they come in because they are not dressed properly, praise them.
I hope you now know a little more about cat care. Praise will help create a happy cat, so consider all this when you are about to groom your cat. Have lots of fun!