|Purred: Sun Nov 6, '11 9:07pm PST |
|When training a deaf cat, you can utilize another of her senses: sight. Choose clear and distinctive hand signals that will be visible from a distance. Consistency is also vital. If you have used a clicker to train pets in the past, you can also modify this effective form of operant conditioning by using a pen light or flashlight instead of a conventional clicker to reinforce desired behaviors.
Deaf cats rely on sight, so use visual signals to communicate. Instead of the sound of a can opening for dinner you can toss a toy into his line of sight to call her to dinner.
She can feel the vibrations of your walking through your house and will watch your facial expression for visual cues.
You can train her to come to you, by lightly rapping on the floor with your hands. Reward positive behaviors with a favorite treat and once the treat is weaned out she will still respond.
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