Is Cat Training Possible?
by Sam Salvati - 08/11/20
Many pet owners assume cats just can’t be trained due to their reputation. However, with proper technique, you can teach your cat a range of training signals. With a few tips and tools, you'll learn how to train a cat in no time.
Importance of Cat Training
All animals benefit from daily stimulation - even your lazy cat! Training is the best way to stimulate your cat with mental and physical activities while strengthening the bond between you and your furry pal.
Cat Clicker Training
Clicker training for cats is the easiest way to effectively train your cat. With just a clicker and some treats, you'll be able to communicate with your cat effortlessly.
Begin by following each click with a treat, so your cat can associate a click with a reward. Your cat will then quickly understand that the click is a result of good behavior.
Similar to dogs, you can teach your cat commands using either a treat, such as catnip, or a clicker.
A basic, common command is "sit." You can either reward your cat as soon as she sits on her own, or you can lift your hand (while holding a treat) from eye level to above your cat's head to get her to sit. After a number of repetitions, your cat will be sitting on your command.
What Can a Cat Learn?
Basic instructions, like "sit" and "come," aren't surprising for cats to learn. However, cats can also learn more complicated tricks, including:
- Sit Up
- Touching specific objects (targeting)
- High Five
- Targeted jump
If you notice your cat is especially disobedient and difficult to train, you may consider taking your friend to the vet to make sure there aren't any cognitive or health issues.
Pasadena native Sam Salvati is the adoring dog dad to Pablo, Ester and Farris. He enjoys keeping abreast of and writing about the latest developments in pet care.