People who decided to have a cat and did it for the first time can face an unexpected and sometimes rather unpleasant picture for them: when they go into the kitchen, they can find there their pet sitting on a table or window sill and enthusiastically weaving the sausage just brought from the store. Alas, they are most likely to blame for this, because from a tiny, affectionate kitten in a couple of years, a mustachioed pet swells into a real predator, spending a lot of time and energy on walks, games, exploring the surrounding areas, and therefore naturally expecting that upon returning home It will be fed.
However, for various reasons, this often does not happen: a grown-up cat needs a little more food than a small one, the same emotion as before, he does not call, and, waiting for another portion of food, looks at the owners not submissively and gratefully, but rather expectantly and Exacting. And if, being hungry, he does not get such a coveted meal, he will start looking for it in the apartment himself.
At the same time, the instinct of self-preservation will sooner or later prevail over the recognition of prohibitions, and it will be difficult to reproach the beast for this. After spending several hours in fruitless expectation of receiving at least some food, the cat will perfectly understand that the owners began to treat him disdainfully and perceive him no longer as a pet, but rather as an adult sponger, in large quantities devouring quite expensive products.
Naturally, the most reliable and best way to wean a cat to jump on forbidden for it kitchen surfaces will be preventing the appearance of such a temptation. The cat should be fed on a regular basis, and enough, and then he will not look for food in the whole kitchen, but it's sweet to sleep somewhere in the corner, without even reacting to attempts to play with him.
There are, however, cases when an extremely curious by nature nature-moustached pet can try to examine the contents of plates simply for the sake of interest or because of a tempting odor emanating from them, and then it is necessary to conduct several trainers with this not to do the exercises.
Being very intelligent and obviously undervalued in this sense by the official science of animals, the cat will instantly understand what it is they want from him, and if he is not an ardent schoolgirl, a constant adventurer and leading a hidden struggle with the masters, most likely for good or for a very long time from The idea "to see what's on the table" will be rejected.
Most likely, to suggest to the pet that it is inadmissible to invade the master's eating space, it will be enough to notice the cat sitting already on the kitchen stool and trying to raise its head and see carefully that there, above, carefully remove it from there and put it on the floor. Even a young playful cat will take this action as a symbol of prohibition, and the grown-up pupil who has accumulated life experience will learn that it is unacceptably unacceptable to conquer this height and to examine it, at the same time trying to profit.
In this case, more impressive educational measures like a demonstration of cat slippers, towels or brooms are unlikely to be necessary. This surprisingly intelligent predator may even take offense by discovering that the masters consider him to be a notorious hooligan and fool, unable to understand that some plans will have to be abandoned decisively.
In this sense, the cat, although it is considered less susceptible to domestication, than the dog, much more quickly it assimilates the norms of morality established in the house. Perhaps this is helped by the instincts of the night hunter, who has to creep up to the prey slowly and imperceptibly, without giving out his presence and at the same time restraining his desire to rush into the attack before it can bring success.
Such a way of life naturally taught cats to subordinate their behavior to reason, not feelings, to foresee the consequences of ill-considered actions, and it is prudent to refuse to commit them.
Dogs in such cases are much more likely to release their predatory nature to freedom, especially if they see in a person not a leader, but an equal member of the pack, friend and friend, which allows him to share not only shelter, but also a table. In this regard, the book of Konrad Lorenz "Man meets dog" is recalled, where he tells how difficult it was to teach the Wolf I, his Chow Chow with a mixture of German shepherds, not to kill domesticated birds.
After he killed one peacock and strangled seven hen hens, Lorentz "called the Wolf to baskets with pheasants, poked it in their nose and slapped them lightly several times, uttering menacing words." The author recalls that this educational session was crowned with complete success, since the Chow Chow did not touch any of these birds.
Another simple and ingenious way to avoid the appearance of a cat on a kitchen table or window sill is a more responsible attitude to the storage locations of products of interest to it. Sausage should be immediately cleaned in the fridge, cleaned and fried fish immediately after purchase, and not kept for hours in the sink, where the mustachioed beef also can easily reach.
Do not leave on the table and all kinds of meat cuts, open canned fish, parts of chicken carcasses - the cat instantly learns about their appearance there, and inside it will begin the eternal struggle between good and evil, the winner in which will determine how much the animal was hungry.
In general, when you start any pet, you must constantly realize that he does not eat by air and with the elated cries of others, but with material food, and as he grows up, he will demand it more and more. We must not forget that with all its good qualities, the cat remains an animal, however obedient and courteous it seemed.
This means that at some point of starvation, his natural instincts will clearly prevail over the morality grafted at home, and the animal, having discarded the last doubts, resolutely overcomes the short distance separating it from the tasty foods. Therefore, he must give the food regularly and on demand, and not on a case-by-case basis, and if he does not have anything to treat the pet, then give him the opportunity to live on the street and get food there independently.