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Tips to tame a wild cat

Do you have a wild cat and do not know what to do? In this article we will teach you what would be the necessary advice to tame and domesticate a wild cat.

Cats are generally very independent and solitary pets, although there is great individual variability. In addition they enjoy an “unfair” reputation, being considered as having unexpected reactions or directly as treacherous.

Unfortunately, these reactions are frequent in cats, but more than being unexpected, most of the time they are misinterpreted or even misunderstood, and can be caused by the owners themselves. Discover some Tips for Taming a Scary Cat and start to enjoy the feline coexistence:

How is the behavior of a cat?

A cat is a solitary and territorial predator. Its territory is the house or place where it lives and shares it with some animal and with some human (not all, so some human member can be considered as “non grato”). It tolerates relatively well the presence of other cats, although always with hierarchical tensions, because it does not develop a linear type (it would be one that once defined who is the dominant, this is for everything).

This means that one cat can be dominant for access to food and the other to approach its owner. The establishment of the hierarchy by resources is always done more or less aggressively, with war of looks or directly with aggression.

They like sleeping a lot and have short periods of activity and play (As more adults become, less play). They are not like dogs, who constantly look for the caress and play of their master. They will only do so at certain times and when they choose.

The way a cat’s normal behavior is being described seems to be rough. They compete for each of the resources more or less aggressively, he chooses the moments to share with the owner and is also lonely. However, there are very sociable cats, but there are also very aggressive cats, so far the behavior of a medium cat has been described.

What causes the cat “unexpectedly aggressive” reactions?

Aggression after caress is frequent. That is, the owner arrives at his house (for the cat is his territory) and the cat runs towards him. In principle the body language of the cat indicates that it is friendly (straight tail on high). The cat is entertained to smell the owner’s legs and begins to rub, from the head to the tail. The owner at the sign of “love” catches the cat and it is stirred and tries to flee, but the owner insists on his love and the cat responds aggressively. Really the cat It is not welcoming us, it is marking us with its smell and canceling the smell that can be brought from the street or from other feline territories.

The fixed glances They also usually provoke this type of reactions. The stare between 2 cats indicates challenge and tension, which can trigger (both in a flight and in a fight.) Humans like to stare at the face of another human, it is a signal of communication, we even smile (we teach the teeth ), for a cat this is a sign of threat.

The constant caress on his head and spine goes from being a pleasant sensation to being unbearable in tenths of seconds (he has a lot of odor-generating glands in this area, as well as nervous receptors sensitive to touch and pressure). The cat is usually removed when the caress starts to bother him, so you have to let him go.

How to get a cat is not so rough?

The first thing is to know their natural behavior. A cat has never behaved like a dog and therefore the same answers can not be expected from them; On the other hand, we must bear in mind that although this has coexisted with the human being for thousands of years, it has not been domesticated like the dog. The cat can manage very well alone, without depending on the owner, because he keeps his instinct hunter (a hunter has to be aggressive) and that quality has been selected for thousands of years (hunting mice and rats, in order to protect human houses and crops).

Until barely 70 years ago, there were very few cat breeds, the selection criteria based on beauty and behavior are relatively recent.

The second thing is to be aware that being territorial, they mark and defend their territory. Do not pee out of your drawer for annoying, is expressing a behavior to say what the border of their territory is or is expressing stress. This behavior can be reduced or eliminated, but it can never be misinterpreted.

The third is to use the method of immediate reward to a behavior that wants to reinforce (operant conditioning with positive reinforcement). In cats (and in general in any animal) the punishment is never advisable after the performance of a behavior that the human being considers inadequate.

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