Rewarding good behaviour is very important, as it enhances the relationship between the cat and the owner and can teach your cat that good things happen when they make a good choice. Cats that are rewarded for good behaviour are generally more obedient, whereas cats that are punished are more likely to show problem behaviour.
Why do some people dislike using food when training their cats?
Most of us think it perfectly normal when a sealion or dolphin receives a reward when it has performed a trick. It is the use of feed that often makes training effective. And let's be honest, isn't food a strong motivator for us too?
Us humans would like to think we do something out of love or gratitude but ultimately a cat or kitten will do something because he will get a reward. If food is available to a cat all day, he knows he will not have to do anything for it (not to mention the digestive upset this can cause).
Select a reward treat that is a little bit tastier than your kittens regular meals. While out walking, reward your kitten for coming to you when called. Play games with him and reward him when he demonstrates the desired behaviour, e.g. finding a small item you have hidden. Be creative and make it fun!
Which kitten or cat treat to choose?
Here at Nutreats we have a variety of tasty cat treats. All our treats are freeze-dried. Freeze-dried foods tend to retain most of their nutritional quality, taste, shape and size and they do not require refrigeration.
Is your cat overweight? Why not try our Venison Treats? They are high in protein and low in fat. These treats are also great if your cat has a grain-allergy as they are grain-free. What's more, the venison is free-range.
Another low-fat, high-protein option are our Pilchard Treats. They contain Omega-3 (EPA and DHA), Vitamin B, Glucosamine, Chondroitin and Calcium to support bone health and muscle mass.
Are you worried about your older cats mobility? Our Green-Lipped Mussel Treats are high in Omega-3 and Glucosamine to support healthy joint mobility.
We've all come across cats with smelly breath. Our Pure Beef Trachea Treats can assist in maintaining healthy teeth and fresher breath. Just like all our other treats, they contain no additives or preservatives.
Does your cat or kitten have a sensitive digestive system?
Does your kitten or older cat struggle to process meat? Our Ocean Fish Cartilage Treats are rich in the micronutrients Calcium, Glucosamine and Chondroitin.
These natural treats are not a substitute for your cats main meal. Treats should constitute no more than 10% of your dog’s daily calorie intake.