How to train your cat to do tricks

How to train your cat to do tricks

How to train your cat to do tricks

Cat's tricks. You can teach your cat this!

The key to success is repeatability and consistency as well as a young age. Cats that are several months old - learn the fastest up to the age of 1. Important: Each trick must have its own unique voice command: give! pass! sit down! Etc. The most effective are short commands, pronounced firmly but friendly. The purrs are very sensitive to the timbre of our voice. A clicker can also be useful in learning.

The clicker is a great tool for learning cats

The rules for its use are similar to those for dog learning. Targeting is the primary exercise. It consists in touching - with a paw or a nose - some object that constitutes the target, i.e. the target. When the cat touches the object, we click and give a reward.

In the beginning, exercise with your cat mainly at home. The outside world is very distracting and the cat must already be well trained and enjoy exercising in order to have a chance to focus his attention outdoors. After starting exercises in the yard, you have to go back to the easiest ones.


The clicker cannot be used to attract attention! It only serves as a link between a well-done exercise and a reward. Thanks to it, you can reward your pet instantly (click) and you have a few seconds to give him a treat. However, you should never click to get the cat to do something (for example, look at the handler). You click immediately after the cat has done what you expected.

This is what you can teach your cat:

1. Coming to a call / responding to name

The cat may come summoned by your kitty or by your name. As a rule, he knows exactly what we expect from him, but he does not always want to do it. For starters, you need to teach him that he has a name. Then you need to form a positive association in the animal - when it comes called out, treat it with a delicacy, pet it.

How to train your cat to do tricks

2. Sitting on command

Start by holding the treat over your pet's head. Say the command "sit" and at the same time move the food behind the cat's head. Frisky will be watching the food and - in order not to lose sight of it - he will have to sit down. If he does, give him a treat. If it turns around, start the exercise all over again. Reward only after a properly performed activity.

3. Serving

Start by getting the cat to sit on the floor. Show your cat a treat in your hand. Slowly raise your hand higher and higher with the treat until the cat rises and stands up to the post. Now you can reward your pet with words and a treat. Repeat with another bite by saying "get up!". Over time, the cat will begin to "serve" at your request, not just to get food.

4. Importing

Choose your cat's favorite toy, small enough for the pet to catch and lift with ease. A paper ball or a sponge ball dedicated to cats will be perfect - the size, weight, and texture are ideally suited to the cat's face. Throw the item, close at first, then farther away. Cats are eager to chase moving objects, but it is worse to bring them. When throwing an object, say "give" each time. It will be helpful to leave the retrieved toy within range of the cat, and also after the play is over. At some point, the animal will bring it to you by itself, asking you to play.

How to train your cat to do tricks

Reward any position of the toy under your feet - with a treat, voice praise, or stroking. And keep throwing. A crazy race is the cat's best reward. Interestingly, the second cat will learn to fetch faster if he lives with a purr who already masters this trick.

5. Giving the paw

Take a treat. Tell the cat to "give paw" and the beginning of the same paw pet take in hand, say "good kitty", pat, help yourself przysmaczkiem. Repeat these steps several times. Organize such sessions for the animal every day - repeating the activities keeps it firm! In the next stage, after the command "give your paw", extend your hand and wait for the cat to put its paw on it. Praise again, reward.

6. Taking care of the human toilet

It is best to buy special plastic caps with holes of different sizes. Start your training by placing a pad filled with gravel near the toilet bowl - it will act as a litter box. In the second stage, put the overlay on the shells, then every few days change the overlay with a copy with an increasingly larger opening. Finally, remove the overlays and enjoy your pet's abilities.

7. Walking on a leash

Contrary to appearances, you can teach a cat of any age to do this. Start by putting on the cat a blackberry, not too tight, without a leash. Do it in the apartment, do not leave the house with the cat! Let the animal loose, making sure it does not hurt itself. Don't be frightened by your pet's violent reaction - it takes a few dry sessions before he gets used to the harness. You can entertain him by playing or eating for distraction. Train every day, initially for a few minutes, then a dozen or so, up to several hours in one session.

When the cat is not paying attention to the harness, attach the leash, and let the cat drag it around the apartment. After a few sessions, grab the leash in your hand and purr around the rooms. This way you will develop a cat's association: leash = safe because the guardian is watching over me. When the pet passes this stage peacefully, it is time to go out together for the first walk.

How to train your cat to do tricks

Why teach a cat?

Not only because it's fun, both for you and your cat. Learning new skills develops the mind and helps keep the body in perfect shape. It counteracts boredom and frustration, so common in couch purrs. It can also be useful on a daily basis - when you want to keep your cat in place (for example, to catch it and deliver it or pack it into a carrier), the commands "sit" or "retrieve" can be very helpful.

What can your purr do? Maybe he learned something himself, without any initiative on your part?

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