How to Teach a Cat to Recognize Its Name
People have always considered the cat as a strange creature. It is for that reason that cat stands out but can be trained. It all begins with identifying what motivates your cat and how your cats behave. Just like any other relationship, it takes time, learning and collaboration from either party for it to work. Therefore, one can quickly train the cat to respond when they are called a particular name.
Before the training
Step 1. Getting to ready to teach your cat.
Normally, a cat maybe fearful if it has never been trained on anything. It is recommended that you could first train a cat to other simple behaviors and tricks to familiarize the cat to behaviors. After which, the cat can get into learning to respond to their name. Introduce the cat to new behaviors and see how they react, that can provide information on how easy or difficult it might before the cat to learn and adapt their name.
Step 2. Choosing a name for the cat.
Typically, after learning how fast or slow your cats teaches a habit then you might be able to understand whether long or short names will work for the cat. Although it is recommended that you give your cat shorter, appealing and cozy names. You might be tempted to name your cat after fancy people, seasons or cities that you visited that is okay. Could be as long as the world’s longest bridge, say Princess Pink Allotey. For, fanciness, cuteness you could stick to Pinky as the name of your cat. Additionally, stick to one name so that it learns quickly. Do not be tempted to start calling it a nickname as it will forget its previous name or confuse the cat further thereby slowing down the process. Consistency is key.
Step 3. Early training.
Start teaching the cat early as possible. Younger kittens are receptive to learning new ways, therefore for an active learning begin the training at a younger age. They say you cannot teach old dog new tricks same applies to a cat. It might never learn or may take forever to learn and respond to its name at an older age.
Step 4. Rewarding your cat.
One needs to learn what motivates their cat for collaboration towards a particular goal. In this case of learning its name, as the owner identify what rewards make your cat happy. Is it through touch especially a scratch between its ears or is it exciting when you feed it or is it a cat treat at a cat spa? Identifying what excites the cat as a reward could make it easier for the process. So that, if you call its name and it responds you pay it right away. This motivates the cat, and it learns its name easily. The training might take a while, make sure you have enough handouts for the cat to avoid disorientation and a smooth learning process.
During the training
Step 1. Use the name for positive vibes only.
During the training make sure, to use the cat’s new name as a pleasantry for the cat. Never use the name when angry about it, or when you need to scold the cat. Negativity breeds a negative connotation about the name to the cat. If there is need to communicate to the cat when angry use “no” to avoid disheartening the cat.
Step 2.Train the cat actively.
Just like any other learning process, we recommend that you have to keep repeating the action word, i.e., the name so that the cat keeps hearing it. This in turns plays a role in a recurrence of the name towards the cat thereby hastening the process. Use the name in actions that the cat is involved with, for example during its meal time start calling it by its name. Additionally, it is at this point that you reward it once it seemingly comprehends that you are referring to it. Repeat t the name calling increasingly as time goes by. Day one you could call it once after every 6 hours and increase the rate as days goes by. It takes up to a week for the cat to master its name.
Step 3. Take it beyond the home.
Take the training beyond the house so that the cat does not affiliate its name with actions that it is involved in only. Start calling it at ranges, so that you see whether it realizes it’s the one being referred to. You could hide behind your tree and call its name and see whether it will respond towards the voice. If it does, then the training is adequate if not then it means their need for intensification of the training for better results.
Step 4. Make it a family thing.
Trust me it can get boring if you are doing it by yourself in a house full of other members. Involve your family members in this process. This, in fact, improves and increases the rate at which the cat grasps its name. It makes it the fun activity, and you might find the other members enjoying it. Also, involve them in settling for the cat’s name, and you might be shocked to find new and better witty name suitable for your kitten or cat.
Step 5. Seek for help.
In the case that you notice that your cat is not responding to the name and the activity, please consult an animal behaviorist. The animal behaviorist might help you identify what is causing the slow or no development in the process. They might recommend what do. Next, some cats are just difficult to train while others are might have a hearing impairment. Don’t be too hard on yourself getting a cat to respond to its name is not as easy as people think.
- Make the training short and inclusive so that the cat does not get distracted by other things.
- Make it a routine and practice often.
- Never scold your cat if it does not respond.
- Reward and applaud the cat if it gets its name.
- Never associate name calling with a negative activity like getting immunized as the cat may develop a negative attitude towards it.
Take time and learn the behaviors of your cat, as you begin the training. Additionally look out for names that are appealing and catchy, one that they will keep remembering. All the best!