In the course of looking up some reference, I came across this article. It talks about something very central to cats, and which is vital for cat
slaves parents to remember when trying to get kitty’s cooperation.
Before we start training our cats to do something or to stop doing something, we need to look at how cats learn. They don’t understand English, they can’t read books or attend lectures. They learn by experience. If the experience is good, they will try to repeat it. If the experience is unpleasant, they will try to avoid it in the future. They enjoy raking the furniture with their claws, so they continue to do it. But it’s quite a shock when they stick their nose in a candle flame, so they won’t do that again.
The key to training is to make sure that whatever you want your cat to do is exceedingly rewarding and pleasurable. Whatever you don’t want your cat to indulge in must never be rewarding or fun, in fact, it must be unpleasant.
When in doubt, repeat this mantra:
Training is easy with a cat. They can have you trained in a couple of days. – Graham Cooper