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Tricks and Training


 

cat trainingThe best way to teach or train your cat in any tricks is with the accompaniment of a food based reward- their favorite treat, for example. Here are five tricks you can teach your cat at home.

 

1. Come
It is best to teach this trick right around meal time.
Things you will need:
Your cat
A quiet room around meal time
A specific, pre-chosen command such as "come" followed by your cats name, ie., "Come Shadow"
A positive signal "good kitty"
Reward such as food or treat

 

Begin by making sure that your cat is within hearing distance. Give the come command clearly: "COME SHADOW". When they come, give the positive signal "good kitty" in a praising manner and reward them with the food. Once the cat has gotten used to coming for their meal, move to a different location and repeat. Be sure that you ALWAYS reward with food or treat. This is a great trick to have your cat learn in case they get out of the house on accident.


2. Sit
An important basis for a few other tricks
Things you will need:
Your cat
A quiet area
Specific command "Shadow, sit"
Positive signal "good kitty"
Reward

 

Begin by setting your cat down and petting them so they are comfortable. Show your cat the reward and give the command while slowly lifting the treat over and back behind your cats head, from nose to shoulder. As the cat tips his head backwards to follow the treat, he will move up into a sitting position to keep balance, use your positive signal followed by "good sit" and the reward. Eventually your cat will sit without you having to move the treat, but be sure you ALWAYS reward them with a treat for sitting.

Remember! Some cats will take a little extra patience and encouragement. Keep training fun and enjoyable for you both.

 

3. Touch
Just a fun trick to have your cat learn how to do.
Things you will need:
A quiet area
Your cat
A sturdy object that will not fall over
A specific command "touch shadow" or "shadow, paw"
Positive signal "good kitty"
Reward such as food or treat

 

Use the sit command and reward your cat then place your sturdy object between you and the cat. Hold the treat behind the prop so it is between your cat and the treat and give the command. As he reaches for the food he should touch the object at which time you give the positive signal and say "good touch". Give the reward. Do not reward unless he touches the item, but ALWAYS REWARD for ANY touch. Once this is learned, consider teaching to use the other paw by changing the word for that paw, ie., touch for right paw and poke for left.

 

4. Sit Up
A fun trick that your cat can do just as well as any dog and look cuter while doing it!
Things you will need:
Your cat
A quiet area
Specific command "Up Shadow"
Positive Signal "Good kitty"
Reward

 

Pet your cat so they are comfortable, show them the reward and give the command while holding the reward above the cat but not close enough that they can grab it. When the cat moves up onto its hind legs and reaches, give the positive signal and repeat the command before giving the reward.

Note: It is helpful if your cat begins this in a sitting position; and if you would rather they say on their haunches then simply move the treat back slightly so they have to balance on their haunches.

 

5. Shake
Definitely a crowd pleaser
Things you need
Your cat
A quiet Area
Specific command "shake, shadow"
Positive signal "good kitty"
Reward

 

Sit your cat in front of you and gently touch their paw while giving the specific command. When they lift their paw, gently grasp it in your hand and give the positive signal while repeating the command. Immediately reward with the treat.

 

 

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