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Cat Learning Its Name

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Cat Learning Its Name

A cat is not so likely to respond and come when its name is called as a dog, unless this suits its purpose at the time. The name chosen for a kitten when it arrives at its new home should be spoken frequently from the start, especially while the owners are playing with it and encouraging it to come to them. The kitten can be rewarded by being praised and petted and given a tasty titbit of food if it comes when its name is called during play. The same approach can subsequently be used once the kitten is allowed outside.

The owner should stand at the door and call to the kitten to come in from the garden, rewarding it when it does so. The best that can be hoped for is to encourage the kitten to come in this way, and the system works well if the animal is not overfed and enjoys the reward that is offered. By the time the kitten has grown to adulthood, it will probably have started to evolve a routine of its own. It will certainly know its meal times and will appear regularly for these, and will often show quite predictable behavior so that its owners have a good idea where it is at any particular time.