It is important to understand how cats think before teaching them basic tasks. They are able to learn, but must be trained. Cats respond well to training when a reward is offered as an incentive. They also appreciate praise. While they tend to have a short attention span, a cat training session can be effective in 5 or 10 minute increments.
Cats can be taught to relieve themselves using the household human facilities if the owner wishes. Some cats do not appear to take to toilet training, but most can be successfully trained with a lot of patience. The cat appreciates the clean facility, but may balk a bit because they were taught by their mother to scratch their stool into sand, litter or soil.
Young cats are obviously not trained to use the litter box, but older cats can be trained successfully. There are special potty training kits for kitten training, but a simple handmade system will work just as well. If you add a very small amount of vinegar or lemon juice to the water it will help to minimize the strong cat urine smell.
Start by putting the box near the toilet. After a few weeks, start to raise it gradually stepwise off the floor, using a solid support and continue this for a few weeks. Finally, place the box on the toilet and when this is comfortable, you are ready to start with the human toilet surface.
The first step in this process is to take a large metal surface and affix it between the seat and base of the toilet. This surface should be covered with a small amount of litter under the seat hole. Once the animal is comfortable with this set up, you can begin to open the tray. Eventually they will end up standing on the seat. To reinforce this habit, remember that the lid must always be left up!
Some owners even teach their cat to walk along at the same time as the dog goes for a walk. Remember to keep the walks short, and praise the cat when they move forward when you call their name. Leash cat training is more easily done in kittens than with adults. If the cat appears to have tired, it is fine to pick them up to help them home. Don't expect the cat to stay neatly by your side. They will want to meander a bit, and may make periodic stops to gnaw a bit of grass.
Understanding cat psychology is important to understanding cat training Cats respond to praise very well, and will learn tasks that bring them a suitable reward. They also have short attention spans; a typical play or training session might continue for 5 to 10 minutes. There are special potty training kits for kitten training, but a simple handmade system will work just as well.