2001-Mon May 29 23:44:11 EDT 2017
Vetstreet. All rights reserved. Powered by Brightspot.
Vetstreet does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. See Additional Information ›
A. Keeping your cat indoors can increase his life span, help protect him from infectious diseases and parasites, and shelter him from a gamut of other outdoor hazards, including predators, cars, toxins and the risk of being lost or stolen. With proper planning and some simple training, you can prevent door dashing and provide a stimulating inside environment for your cat.
One of the easiest ways to stop door dashing is to train your cat to station on a perch. Start by teaching him to follow a target, such as a wooden spoon, with his nose. Hold the target out in front of his nose and mark any movement at all toward the target with a verbal “good” or a click; immediately reward with a treat or toy. Work toward getting your cat to touch his nose to the end of the target.
Over time, move the target further distances and over small obstacles, such as a cat bed or the couch. Eventually, the target stick can be brought up to the perching area for your cat to follow. Some cats will automatically come to your hand if you move your fingers around, tapping the surface of the perch while using an excited voice, but you can also use a feather toy to lure your cat onto the perch if needed.
Once your cat is on the perch, reward him for laying down or sitting. Step a small distance away and if he stays in place, reward him on the perch. If he jumps off the perch, move a shorter distance next time. Remember to keep all training sessions short to keep your feline interested.
Once your cat readily follows the target to his station and stays in place, add a word such as “place” one to two seconds before you present the target. Adding the verbal command teaches your cat to go to his perch solely in response to the word. Fade your target by presenting it further away from the perch or by making it smaller. Once your cat performs the behavior entirely in response to the verbal command, gradually move yourself further away from the perch when you give the cue. Practice until your cat responds, even when you are standing next to the door.
Like this article? Have a point of view to share? Let us know!
Take our breed quiz to find your next pet.
Get all the best pet news and information sent right to your inbox!
Thank you for subscribing!
Bartonella is a type bacteria that can be transmitted to cats, dogs and humans from exposure to infected fleas and…
Want to give your pup yummy, low-calorie treats? We’ve got the skinny on which foods are OK to feed him.
Not sure about food puzzles? Our veterinarian reveals why the payoff for your pet is well worth any extra work.
With these simple dental care tips, you can help keep your canine’s adorable smile shiny and healthy for life.
The friendly and inquisitive LaPerm has an easy-care coat that comes in a variety of colors and patterns.
Check out our collection of more than 250 videos about pet training, animal behavior, dog and cat breeds and more.
Wonder which dog or cat best fits your lifestyle? Our new tool will narrow down more than 300 breeds for you.
If the video doesn't start playing momentarily,
please install the latest version of Flash.
Thank you for subscribing.