“Shaping Confident Cats™” – Positive Cat Training Education.
Cats exhibit a wide range of behaviors that are both fascinating and distinctive. Their natural instincts as predators are often seen in their playfulness and hunting behaviors, such as pouncing on moving objects or stalking toys. Cats are crepuscular, meaning they are most active during dawn and dusk, which reflects their evolutionary adaptation as nocturnal hunters. They have keen senses, particularly sharp hearing and excellent night vision, which allows them to be highly alert to any potential threats or prey in their environment. Cats also display grooming behavior as a way to keep their fur clean, remove loose hair, and maintain a sense of comfort and security.
The domestication of cats is believed to have started around 9,000 years ago when wild cats were attracted to human settlements in search of food and shelter. The mutually beneficial relationship between humans and cats gradually evolved, leading to the integration of cats into human societies. Unlike many other domesticated animals that were primarily bred for specific purposes like herding or guarding, cats were initially valued for their exceptional hunting abilities, which helped control rodent populations around stored grains. Over time, humans started to appreciate the companionship and affection that cats could offer, leading to a more profound bond between humans and their feline companions.
Cats are often described as solitary animals, and while they can be independent, they are also capable of forming strong social bonds. Some cats may be more aloof, while others are incredibly affectionate and seek out human attention. Cats often use a combination of vocalizations, such as meowing and purring, as well as body language, to communicate their needs and emotions to their human caregivers. They may purr when content, meow for food or attention, and hiss or growl when feeling threatened or anxious. In multi-cat households, feline social dynamics can vary greatly, with some cats forming close friendships, while others may establish a more territorial or hierarchical relationship. Understanding and respecting a cat’s individual temperament and social preferences are crucial in providing them with a nurturing and enriched environment.
Positive reinforcement is a highly effective and humane training method for cats. It involves rewarding desired behaviors with something positive, which encourages the cat to repeat those behaviors in the future. Cats are intelligent animals and can learn through positive reinforcement, making it an excellent approach to encourage good behavior and foster a strong bond with your feline companion.
It’s essential to be consistent and patient when using positive reinforcement with cats. Each cat is unique and will respond differently to various rewards and training techniques. Avoid punishment-based training methods, as they can lead to fear and anxiety in cats, negatively impacting their well-being and trust in you. With positive reinforcement, you can create a happy and well-behaved cat while strengthening the bond between you and your feline friend.
Pawrus® Cat Training Academy, a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), was established for cats and humans to communicate using science-based and positive reinforcement methods, successfully forging a lifetime cat-human bond.
We are the first and only training academy in Singapore and the world to be specialised and certified in the development of positive emotions in cats and people. The training academy is led by Training Director Kevin Yeo, who not only has years of experience training companion animals, but has also successfully trained and coached dozens of pet cats and their parents to achieve partnerships lasting many lifetimes in countries and continents such as Singapore, Taiwan and the United States of America.
The key to a successful relationship is figuring out what a cat-human bond is. A cat-human bond is built upon consistent communication and trust between cats and humans, forged on a common understanding and many iterations of positive experiences (‘reinforcement history’). We begin the forging process by obtaining the cats’ and humans’ individual dedications, then facilitating collaboration between them by getting them to work towards a common objective together. In our school, confidence is the common objective that we have set for our cats and cat parents.
Confidence is a person and cat’s belief that a chosen course of action is the right choice and that they can properly perform that action. To have confidence, they must possess both knowledge and skill. For knowledge, we teach our cat and human students the latest training knowledge grounded in positive reinforcement. For skill, we teach, demonstrate, and assist our cat and human students to practice extensively in different scenarios which mimic real-world conditions. Eventually, when your cat has confidence, he or she can grow to become the best version of himself or herself with the following emotive traits – independent, happy, stable, adaptive, while you, likewise will become the best cat parent for your cat – loving, happy and fulfilled.
We completely understand that in a busy world today with a lack of time, it has become increasingly difficult to find time for everything that is important to us. In addition, it does not help that life seems to present different challenges at different junctures in time.
Our curriculums are designed to be progressive, challenging and fun, thus start your journey with our Enthusiast Courses, before challenging your cat and yourself with customised programs that will broaden and deepen your knowledge and skillset on cat training and behaviour. We set our cat and human students up for success, so the timeline in higher education for yourself and your cat is directly aligned to the difficulty of the programs that we have designed.
We hope that through our programs, you and your cat will learn to collaborate and bond together in the deepest of ways. All our classes, curriculums and our trainers are here with the intention of working together with you and your cat to provide the best cat training education towards the attainment of your goals and achieve and radiate true confidence for years to come.
Now, when should I start training my kitty? The answer to that question is as soon as possible. Thus, the earlier you and your kitty get started, the easier it will be for the both of you, and the further you and your kitty will go. There is no reason to hesitate.
We are the new standard in cat training education.
Let's Have A Chat!
For Non-Urgent General Interest In Our Programs, Please Contact Us Below. We Will Attempt To Reply Within 3 Working Days. We Look Forward To Working With You To Achieve Your Desired Objectives.Contact Us