Teaching your cat new tricks

Sit, stay and fetch… Those are just for dogs, right?

No — contrary to popular belief, our feline friends can master these tricks too.

You can teach your cat these tricks, both old and young. But, unlike dogs, cats aren’t likely to be motivated by praise and require patience, practice and a lot of rewards…

With the right methods, your feline companion will soon amaze you with the things he/ she can learn.

Why train your cat?

Teaching your cat some clever tricks can improve their mental agility and wellbeing, as well as strengthening the bond between owner and pet.

The key benefit of training your kitty is that you develop an interspecies communication system — better communication benefits any relationship.

You can teach your cat to perform all manner of tricks and fun interactions, such as coming on command, begging and even a shake of hands between owner and pet.

Training your kitty will also provide mental stimulation, which is very important for a cat’s health.

How to teach your cat new tricks?

Training should always be fun for both you and your cat, and new tricks should only be taught with positive, reward-based training.

If your cat doesn’t seem interested in learning a new trick, or doesn’t perform it properly, take a break and try again later.

For maximum success, never force a pet to do something they don't enjoy, keep within their limitations and stick to short training sessions.

Training your feline friend will give them something to do and enjoy, and can boost the relationship between owner and pet.

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