The good news is: most cats that you adopt from the shelter, buy from a breeder, or even rescue from the streets don't require a whole lot of instruction and guidance. Cats are pretty self-sufficient. But they can still benefit from some training. Some behaviors are well worth teaching to your cat because they're good for his (or your) health and safety.
At any time, perhaps 10-20 percent of cats require a more intensive approach: formerly outdoor cats, orphaned kittens, abused cats, cats acquiring a new housemate (of any species), cats suffering from physical ailments or emotional conflicts. We hope that the site's articles on hands-on and "respectful distance" training strategies can assist you in managing these challenges.
As many people who live with a cat already know, kitty is quite the savvy trainer himself. We offer a study guide to help you, the human, efficiently serve your feline master, leaving both of you with more time to enjoy each other's company.
Three cardinal rules of cat-training: