Cats have a great learning and memory capacity. These include their preferred food, the location of the water bowl and the litter box, the most comfortable sleeping place and the whereabouts of their favorite toys. They also notice the sounds with which they can persuade their owners to respond to their different needs.
Free-riders remember the course of their hunting grounds, known cats in the territory, and dangerous dogs. The associative memory allows cats to compare a problem situation with already experienced ones. This makes it easy to create relationships between several elements and make them useful for themselves.

Although cats have specific skills at birth, they must acquire some behavior with patience. These include, for example, hunting or using the litter box.
To get their boys used to chasing, catmothers with an access to the outside provide them with booty from the third week. At first she eats dead animals before her eyes, later she brings live prey, which kills them and feeds them. Finally, she leaves the living spoils to her boy.
Since cats have a hunting instinct, but the successful hunting must first learn, kitties without a mother or with a chasing mother usually never succeed in capturing prey. In order to practice in it, they need fabric mats, spools of yarn, or crumpled paper, which are watched, sneezed, and eventually killed.
The burying of excrements (urine, feces) is also common in free packs, only the highest ranking animal does not make this and "marks" so to speak the terrain.
Since in the case of domestic cats in general the owner is considered a leader, willing cats relatively willingly into the burial (and thus into the use of a cat box).

Cats that can open doors have recognized the importance and function of the door latch.
A recent study (Osthaus), however, points out that cats are only conditionally able to connect cause and effect clearly. The learning process associated with the development of these skills is rarely explored.
Cats are creepers; They observe a problem very precisely and can reduce it to the essentials. They have the ability to abstraction and weigh the usefulness and effort of a task against each other.
Cats, like all animals, can be conditioned on behavior. They are able to listen to their name. In order to make a cat familiar with her name, it is an advantage to use him only in positive situations such as feeding and stroking. It should not be used to counter the cat. It is also possible to train them on certain signals that interfere with behaviors. Thus, they can be deprived of certain behaviors which are perceived as a disgrace by man. Cats can be trained with the help of the clicker like dogs. Animal psychologists recommend this training form as mentally demanding employment for domestic cats.

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