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8. CAT-FLAP Training

 

Learning to squeeze themselves through a small hole, may not come easily to some cats. Felines do not generally inhabit burrows.

All cats will learn at differing speeds, some will grasp their pet door quickly, others will need a little more... explanation.

If they have not learned how to use them at an early age, cats can be completely puzzled by cat-flaps. This does not however mean that they are not perfectly able to learn.

 

One way of showing a cat what to do, is as follows...

 

1. Sellotape open the catflap door, so that it is easy for the cat to pass through unaided.

 

2. If the cat needs encouragement to pass through the opening, call them from the other side.

   If they enjoy chasing string or string toys, you can throw the toy through to them, get them excited & pull the toy back      through the doorway in the hope that they will chase it through.

    Offer them a treat through the open catflap from the far side and try luring them through with it.

 

3. Do this at mealtimes & leave their meal on the other side for them so they have to pass through the hole to get it. (being sure that they are aware that it their food is present, wafting it under their nose through the open doorway may help).

 

4. Persist with this challenge daily untill they will pass through the open flap.

 

5. Gradually, continueing with the routine, reduce the angle at which the door is taped open. Each day the cat should have to push against the flap just a little more, untill it is almost entirely opening the flap with its own body weight. (it may be a little more tricky for the animal to get through the flap on the taped open side as the door opening is increasingly reduced, only an experienced animal will use a paw to pull it open, use your best judgement as to how far to close the aperture to allow easy passage).

 

6. Encourage the cat through with food, with the catflap now fully closed (it should have a transparent flap so you & any food can still be seen clearly). You can push it/hold it open & let it swing to demonstrate its function & holding it open, allow them to sniff an enticing treat before allowing the flap to shut again. Reward them for encouragement & success. 

Be Patient with them!

View information on, & different types of catflaps

Call your cat from the other side of the catflap, while propping it open

Call your cat from the other side of the catflap, while propping it open

Squeezing themselves through a tight space may take some persuasion

Squeezing themselves through a tight space may take some persuasion

You can tape the catflap open & put food on the other side for them

You can tape the catflap open & put food on the other side for them

Gradually decrease the angle of the taped open door so they have to push it open themselves, a little more each day

Gradually decrease the angle of the taped open door so they have to push it open themselves, a little more each day

Persistence will pay off

Persistence will pay off

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