A cat who does not want to prey would simply starve to death. But the play instinct is not only there to have fun, but it fulfills a vital purpose; the kitten is so playfully training the skills it needs as an adult cat: responsiveness, endurance, dexterity – all this is already laid out in the genes, but only the practice makes the successful hunter.
It takes a long time and often the stomach growls when hunting attempts fail. But eventually, it works with the loot.
Playfully it learns easy and easy – and it’s also fun!
Use the play instinct of your cat to get used to the cat flap.
Motivate the cat with the favorite toy
Cats react to things that move fast. Exercise is the key stimulus that hardly a cat can resist – except for older students or made-to-order couch potatoes.
For the flap training, a string is perfect, which is followed by the cat – also through the flap. To increase the appeal, you can tie something to the end of the string (… but should not be bigger and wider than the flap opening). Pull string and appendage slowly through the hatch from the outside, your kitty will follow in tow!
The procedure has the advantage that the cat is distracted so far that even an initial shyness is easily overcome because the stimulus is stronger. At the same time, she learns how the mechanism works. And she can do what she can once and for all: If it has ever baffled – “Oops, now I’m through and on the other side – was not bad at all!”, The knot is often burst and the cat goes off there “Voluntarily” through the flap outside. – Bingo!
Lure through the flap with the laser pointer
A laser pointer can also be helpful in luring the cat through the cat’s flap in a playful way. We already had another post about laser pointers and their use – also reported their risks.
The laser pointer can be used in a similar way to the string and guide the cat through the hatch with zeal.
But beware! Not that it literally catches the eye! Never point the light beam of the pointer over the head of your kitty and on reflective or reflective surfaces! And only use the pointers with the red light – green light is even more intense.
Use clicker training to condition the cat
The clever click: “Verklicker'” your cat but just how it works with this ominous cat flap. Cats are intelligent and, through positive reinforcement, learn fairly quickly that there is a sound-related reward in the desired behavior.
If your cat is already used to “clicking”, you can use the clicker wonderfully for the bladder training. Carry them gently and step by step through the flap, as in the variant with the treats:
When the cat hears the clicker, she knows it was the desired action and she is rewarded for it.
Of course, if she already knows about clicker training, it will make the flap training easier, and she’ll be on her toes.
Make it up to your cat
Since few cat owners can or do not want to shut themselves up, this is just a matter of “showing off”. But you can go through the door and show your cat what’s behind the door.
Then you close the door and reach with your hand through the flap. Lift it up, then the cat sees that there is exactly the same “outside” as behind the big door.
Let the flap swing, hold it longer with your fingers. Your cat should be able to take a close look at this. Pull through the hatch from outside and bang your cat when it’s close enough. Please do not be tempted and grab the opportunity and pull the cat through the fold … That’s it!
Then you can fold that with the cat flap – forever!
Let it show your cat of another cat
If there’s another cat in the house showing how it’s done, that’s natural! However, this is far from a guarantee of success! While the one marched through like nothing – in, out and back – and felt 73 times a day! – looks at the restrained cat rather from afar and yawns. Cat is not the same cat! Each has its own character and unmistakable temperament. You can only “win” if you can feel into your cat: watch closely. What does she like, what does not.
Are there certain behaviors and preferences that only one cat has, distinguishing them from all others?
If you feel like she’s “ticking” and getting involved, that’s half the way – even outdoors.