16 Feb Training Your Cat With Scent!
It is fair to say that most feline friend senses can put our own to shame.
In fact, it may surprise you to know that your cats sense of smell is around 20 – 30 times more sensitive than our own. However you wish to look at the range, it’s fair to say that their senses smell is far better than our own and also much better than their sense of taste as well.
Just like us humans, your feline sense of smell comes from the centre of the brain, which is very close to the limbic system which is the same place which triggers our emotions. So, therefore, in order to get your cats attention the quickest way possible, you need to trigger that response with some sort of scent..
So, how exactly does this concept work I hear you ask? Well, here are some tips and tricks that you can use…
Believe it or not but we actually emphasise feeding time without even trying. Even if we don’t put their can of food straight in front of their nostrils, the smell of tasty food will linger around the air and therefore tap into your cats natural emotions.
There are certain scents which many felines do not like, particularly citrus scents.
It is important that you try and remain consistent with the use of scents. Many people prefer to keep the litter tray smelling is fresh as possible by covering up the smell with strong air fresheners. The problem with this, is that your feline friend will now have two unappealing scents for which they need to contend with. Unsurprisingly, this can actually drive them away from the letterbox and have the opposite effect to the one you’re hoping…
Instead of using stronger fresheners, you can always try little tips and tricks like baking soda on the carpet. Or, lightly scented candles to make a welcoming atmosphere for your feline friend. This will indicate to them that it is a good place to go!
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As a responsible pet owner, you need to be consistence where possible in helping your feline friend understands what you’re trying to tell them. For example, if you choose a cat Repellent spray to keep them away from your brand-new sofa and remind them that this area is out of bounds, this may send out conflicting signals when you encourage them onto the couch to have a cuddle.
No matter how close the bond maybe with your cats, emphasising the emotional connection using scents is incredibly important. Once you get the hang of it, this will become natural process that taps into their core limbic system.