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A: You can't train a cat the same way as you would train a dog. Cats at more sensitive and easily frightened, so although your feline can learn that a firm "no" or other audio cue means to stop what it's doing, you should never shout at your cat or punish it. You'll only frighten and confuse the cat, and it won't learn any lesson other than to be afraid of you. Use positive reinforcement to encourage your cat to repeat good behavior. Give praise and treats when it does the right things. Offer rewards immediately when your cat earns one to reinforce the association between the behavior and the reward.