It depends, what is his motivation?
What is the secret to getting cats to learn a new behavior. Or to un-learn an unwanted one?
People ask me all the time how I manage to keep 19 cats all behaving well and staying out of trouble.
The truth is, I don’t! Maybe 95% of the time there is peace, and that’s pretty good odds considering there are 19 of them versus only 1 of me!
The trick is to understand how cats think: what is the basic motivation behind the way cats act and react?
Nine times out of ten, cats are acting on their primitive survival instincts. If a cat feels threatened, he likely feels as if he is being hunted as someone else’s prey. Out in nature, cats are both predator and prey, so their reactions often dictate whether they eat dinner, or instead become another animal’s dinner. So often, cats react to new people or changes in the household as threat to his existence. If a cat feels his territory or his resources are becoming scarce (as he might feel if another cat has been added to the household), again he reacts in a way to protect his own survival.
Learning to understand your cat’s behavior can be tricky, if you don’t know what to look for. I can teach you to read your cat’s actions and learn to work with his feline nature, not against it, to achieve a wonderful, loving relationship with your cat, and peace between kitty siblings.
Just like between people, Communication between you are your cat is key to understanding. In learning your cat’s language, you will be prepared to achieve harmony between cats, and also between your cat and the people (and things) in your home.
Once you speak the same language, then can you begin to teach him to modify his behaviors in a way that works for you both. You might even be able to teach him a trick or two as well.🐯