Ask the vet: Good kitty

RACQ, in partnership with Animal Welfare League Queensland, can help solve your pet problems.

RACQ, in partnership with Animal Welfare League Queensland, can help solve your pet problems.

Got a curly problem with your favourite pooch? Is your cat being too catty?

While animals can bring much joy into our lives, they are not always problem free. If there is an animal issue that you need help to solve, send your question to via RACQ to the Animal Welfare League Queensland experts, to find the answer.

It’s easy to train a cat to use a litter box but few people go beyond that in teaching their pet. When a cat’s basic requirements of clean litter, water and food, they basically work on their own agenda.

Yet cats are intelligent animals and can learn.

Are cats trainable and how do you do it?

Good kitty

How do I teach my cat to be more obedient? She doesn’t come when called? How do I get her to love me? Bandit is a mixed breed Bengal cat. She is two years old.

AWLQ experts say

The most important thing to realise is that cats are not dogs and tend to please themselves rather than their owners! Some breeds of cat like the Siamese are more ‘dog like’ in that they will come when called and maybe even follow you for walks. Also, every individual is different. The only thing I could suggest is to try and get her to associate good things with being with you. Intelligent cats may enjoy playing with a particular toy that you could bring out once or twice a day. A special small but tasty treat can also endear her to you. Find something she loves and will come for, then call her each time and pat/stroke her while she eats it. Some people try cheese, raw chicken wings (lightly grilled to give a nice aroma), or even prawns. Remember they all have different personalities and some cats will just never be lap cats.

What’s your question?

Send your pet questions to roadahead@racq.com.au and Animal Welfare League Queensland‘s experts will provide the answers. Letters will not receive an individual reply and should be no more than 120 words.

AWLQ work with local councils, state government, rescue groups and the community to improve the outcomes for stray and surrendered pets.