What can a cat learn most quickly?

Although you might not have given it much attention, cats adore being taught new tricks. Cats are quite intelligent, so investing time in training them is a terrific way to both enrich their daily lives and strengthen your relationship with them. We've compiled a list of five simple tricks you can teach your cat.

We have concentrated on positive reinforcement teaching techniques. This includes using a clicker to signal when your cat exhibits the desired behavior and rewarding them with treats when they do. This is a quick clicker training tutorial to get you going.

1 - When called, come!


A fantastic approach to teaching your cat to respond when called is to use their favorite treat bag. When they hear the treat bag rustling, many cats will start to run. Just establish a favorable relationship between the treats and the cat's name; that will do. It's best to begin this training with the cat in close proximity. Simply call your cat by name, jiggle the treat bag, and give them a treat. Increase your distance from your cat over time, call its name, crinkle the treat bag, and give them treats when they run your way.
When your cat responds to your call and comes running, you can ultimately stop rewarding them with treats and instead give them a hug or a scratch instead.

2 - Sit and look beautiful.


Sit next to your cat on the floor, or if you find it uncomfortable, put her on a desk or even another raised surface. Bring the treat above her head while saying "sit." She'll probably pause and take a seat. Give them the treat after clicking when her back contacts the ground or another surface. Inform her how admirable a feline she is! Do this a few times before the session ends. While teaching cats to sit takes a bit longer than training them to respond when called, keep sessions brief. If your cat repeatedly ignores the verbal cue, you should stop using the clicker and instead only praise her for a job well done.

When your cat has perfected the technique of sitting down, all you have to do to encourage her to sit up or sit nicely is to lift the treat so she must cross her legs to obtain it. Say "beautiful" when you offer the reward up high while she has decided to sit, click when she completes the trick, and then give her the treat. Keep sessions brief once more.

3 - Fist Bump


Initially, put your snacks in a tiny box that your cat can't open with their tongue. If you put the box on the ground, your cat will undoubtedly try to reach the goodies by pawing at it. Click as soon as your cat reaches the container, then give them a treat.

Put your hand over the container once the cat is accustomed to this stage. Click and give your cat a treat if they now touch your hand rather than the container. With your hand extended and the container removed, the cat will give you a "fist bump!"

4 - High Five


Although the high five appears spectacular, it is a simple trick. Make absolutely sure you and the cat are at the same eye level, just as when training Sit. At your cat's shoulder level, hold out a treat towards her. Give her the treat after clicking when she extends her paw to contact the hand holding it. She will eventually realize that, in order to receive the treat, she must first contact your hand. When she reaches your hand, click and give her the reward with the other hand. At that time, simply hold the treat inside the hand you are handing her.

When she does that consistently, begin extending your hand inside the palm-up high-five posture and say, "High five!" Click and give her a gift right away when she touches your palm. You will eventually have the ability to wean her off of the clicker and only praise her for reacting to the cue, just like with the other skills.

5 - Wave

Kitten Tricks

This following technique can be built on the foundation of sitting. When your cat maintains a sitting position, click and reward them. The next step is to show the cat a destination and reward them with a click and treat whenever their paw touches the object. Continue this process a few times and raise the target while rewarding your cat with clicks before it touches the target. They are being rewarded for lifting their paw up and not touching the target.

After that, move back a little while rewarding your cat each time it raises a paw in the air. Avoid retracing your steps too quickly to avoid having your cat bolt from its perch out of the blue.

Once the cat learns to elevate its paw, repeat this over numerous sessions. Add your hand gesture for requesting the wave after a few practice sessions. Just wave your hand while holding the object in your hand, rewarding your cat when they lift a paw. Remove the container as the last step, and your cat must now wave a paw in response to your hand motions.

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