Training cats requires correct stimulation methods.
We know that the training of cats is much more difficult than that of dogs. But this is not to say that cats are stupid. On the contrary, cats are smart, but their character makes them less easy to be domesticated. Most cats are inherently aloof and not easy to approach, even if they are equally arrogant towards their owners. Therefore, if you want to train a cat, you must use appropriate stimulation methods, which may achieve more significant results.
Cats are talented and intelligent, but most of them like to be alone and have a strong curiosity. They have a keen interest in bugs, thread balls, ropes, paper balls, and leaves blown by the wind. Usually cats can instinctively make various interesting movements, such as rolling, and standing upright under the teasing of the owner.
However, it is much more difficult to train cats to do some more complex movements than dogs. This is because cats are very independent and have an extremely tenacious and unwilling character to be manipulated. In addition, cats are alert by nature and tend to be afraid of bright lights and crowds of onlookers, so it is more difficult to perform in public.
But as long as you have patience and combined with scientific methods, cats can still be tuned and trained in a relatively short period of time. The completion of all behaviors in cats is based on neural reflexes as their physiological basis. The so-called reflex activity refers to the process in which the body’s receptors are stimulated through the activity of the nervous system to cause the body to react. The occurrence of reflex activity must be stimulated. Stimulus refers to those that can be sensed by the body’s tissue cells and can cause a certain response. Changing internal and external environmental factors. Such as tapping, pressing, light, sound, temperature, etc. Cats have various sensitive receptors, such as sight, hearing, smell, and various temperature, pain, and touch receptors in the skin. They can all feel different stimuli and turn these stimuli into nerve excitement process. When the excitement reaches the brain along the afferent nerve, the brain immediately responds and sends instructions to the effector through the efferent nerve, so that the effector makes corresponding actions.
Training cats requires the right stimulation method
Animal reflexes can be divided into two categories: unconditioned reflex and conditioned reflex. Unconditioned reflex is a congenital reflex that is born, and it is the most basic and important reflex activity for animals to maintain life. For example, kittens can breastfeed and breathe when they are born. Stimuli that can cause unconditioned reflexes are called unconditioned stimuli, such as food, touch, and slapping. Conditioning reflex is the neural reflex activity that is gradually formed by adapting to the living environment in the process of life after an animal is born. It is acquired. This kind of reflex is a high-level neural activity that ensures a high balance between the animal body and the surrounding environment. It is a habit formed in the process of feeding and management and various abilities cultivated through training. This is a reflex activity unique to an individual.
Cat’s unconditioned reflex is the basis of conditioned reflex. Any kind of conditioned reflex is based on the unconditioned reflex, applying effective stimulus means to make cats develop the abilities that people need. Therefore, training cats uses the cat’s conditioned reflex. When training a cat, the owner’s commands and gestures do not understand the true meaning of the cat, but make it a habit through training. That is, when the cat hears a certain password and sees a certain gesture, it will make a corresponding action.
Stimulation methods for training cats: unconditioned stimulation and conditioned stimulation.
Unconditioned stimuli: Unconditioned stimuli include mechanical stimuli and food stimuli. Mechanical stimulation refers to the mechanical action exerted by the trainer on the cat’s body, including flapping, stroking, pressing and so on. Mechanical stimulation belongs to the compulsory sub-segment, which can help cats make corresponding actions. It can fix the posture and correct errors. The disadvantage of mechanical stimulation is that it can easily cause cats to be nervous and inhibit training.
Food stimulation is a means of reward, and the effect is better. But the food used must be what the cat likes. Only when the cat is interested in food, will it receive good results. At the beginning of training, every time you complete an action, you must reward the cat to eat once, and then gradually reduce it until no food is given at the end. In actual training, the combination of the two stimulation methods is applied, and the effect is better.
Conditional stimuli: including passwords, gestures,
whistles and bells, etc. Commonly used conditional stimuli are passwords and gestures, especially passwords are the most commonly used stimulus. In training, the password must be combined with the corresponding unconditional stimulus to make the cat conditioned to the password. The tones of various passwords must be different, and the tones of each password must be consistent. Gesture is a kind of stimulus for directing cats in certain postures and shapes with your hands. Gestures play a very important role in the training of cats. In the creation and operation of gestures, attention should be paid to the independence and legibility of various gestures. Each gesture must be stereotyped and used accurately, and it must be clearly different from daily anger movements.
Regardless of whether it is for cats or dogs, they are trained through stimulation methods. With continuous stimulation, it becomes a habit. Therefore, even cats can achieve better training results as long as they have patience. The Lord must master the correct stimulus method, so as not to backfire.