Can You Train Your Cat, What Can They Learn.

Can You Train Your Cat, What Can They Learn.

 
 
When we think of training pets we automatically think of dogs. Dogs can be trained for a variety of reasons as working dogs,  police work and to detect illnesses. But, Purina.com suggests that cats can also be trained.

What commands 
Cats can learn many – to sit, roll over, shake a paw, but they like to do things in their own time.  Cats are individuals and each one will react differently when training begins. Some will ignore you or look at you as if you are mad, whilst others will be curious and eager.
Teach one trick at a time. You can reinforce tricks your cat has mastered, but don’t confuse them by teaching more than one at a time.

How to train
Cats, are motivated to do things in life that benefit them.Tasty morsels of food or a cat game with a fave toy. Usually it is the cat who demands these from their owners. So, let’s turn it around. Use these motivators to your advantage.

Ringing the bell
Outdoor cats can be frustrating or destructive in their efforts to come back inside. Try hanging a small but loud bell on a string at  cat’s eye level. Ignore the meowing, scratching and other efforts to get your attention. Soon, your cat will touch that bell and  ring it, you reward her by opening the door. If this is done several times, your cat will soon learn to ring the bell.

The sit plus Hi 5 commands
All cats sit, so teaching is easy. As your cat sits, say “Sit”, then praise them, use a pat or treat. Also start a hand signal, such as your hand held vertically in a stop sign. You can quickly extend this training to have your cat join in a ‘Hi 5’ with you, where they raise a paw to your hand. Encourage any tiny movements of their paw by giving a cat a treat each time their paw moves off the ground. Then, with the treat wrapped in your fist, wait for her to use her paw to try to grab it, then give them the treat as a reward. Slowly lift your hand higher and when your cat touches your hand with their paw, reward them.

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