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Tips for teaching tricks

It’s no secret that dogs love to perform tricks, but cats can do them too. The only difference is, cats and kittens won’t do tricks to please you. If they don’t feel like doing something, they won’t. ...

Cats can do tricks too! We have all the best tips

It's no secret that dogs love to perform tricks, but cats can do them too. The only difference is, cats and kittens won't do tricks to please you. If they don't feel like doing something, they won't.

How to train your cat to do tricks

Most cats and kittens will come to you for affection at certain times. These are the times to try some training. Make sure you have a pocketful of treats at hand, because it could take a lot of coaxing to get your furry friend to pull the stunts you've got in mind.

A few tips to keep in mind:

  • Look for an action your kitten seems to do naturally - something unique or humorous for example - and try to get them to repeat it as you ask
  • Use a gentle voice and reward each success with flattery and if possible, a bit of food
  • Don't force long sessions of training on your cat or kitten, as they'll quickly grow tired and refuse to comply
  • Keep training sessions fun and engaging, otherwise your clever kitten will suss out that you're not really playing a game

Simple tricks to teach your kitten:

"Roll Over"

Kittens can be taught to roll over, just like puppies:

  • When you scratch their tummy and they roll on their back, try saying "roll over" as you pet them
  • After a while, say the words without touching your kitten at all and keep saying them until they roll on your verbal command alone

"Shake hands"

When your cat or kitten wants something from your hand, they will stretch onto their hind legs to reach it. Here's when to start the training:

  • When they stretch, say "shake hands"
  • When they retract, offer the treat again just out of reach, saying "shake hands" each time they stretch
  • The command will soon be linked to the action in your kitten's mind and eventually, if you give them the treat after a few attempts, they'll touch your hand with their paw, even when there's nothing in it

"Come here"

Your kitten will quickly learn its name if you say it all the time and start to look at you whenever you call. If you want them to actually approach you when you call however, you will need to say "come here" as they walk towards you, every time. Eventually, the words "come here" will be associated with the action.

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Got a pet health question?

If you have a question on anything from parasites to pet health, ask us we don't bite!

Call The Advantage Pet Care Line on 1800 678 368.

Advocate for cats

- ↓ -
Advocate not only controls parasite infections but monthly treatment can help protect your cat against fleas, heartworm and gastrointestinal worms.

Cat Grooming

Cats love to groom. Give them a helping hand.

Treats
More Info