How To Teach Your Cat Tricks Like High Five, Fist Pump, And Roll Over
You’ve read somewhere that cats can perform tricks like dogs and circus animals and you’ve already seen fun cat videos on YouTube where cats actually do some pretty awesome tricks. And now you’re wondering – is that possible?
Can cats be trained? Yes, they can!
You can teach your own kitty tons of tricks on your own. And you don’t actually need the expensive services of a professional cat whisperer to do that!
What Tricks Can You Teach Your Cat?
Felines will do whatever they want, whenever they want, however they want. Nevertheless, they are also quick in the uptake and can be tricked into performing tricks. Here are some of the basic things you can teach your feline furball.
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Commands – High Five, Roll Over, Fist Pump, Respond To It’s Name
The common so-called “tricks” are basically responds to a certain command.
For example, cats can be taught how to sit down, how to fist pump (or fist bump), how to handle a paw or give a high five, how to jump through hoops, how to roll over, and so on.
You can also teach the kitty how to respond to its name and how to walk up to you whenever you’re calling it. It’s a basic command, but it definitely comes in handy!
So, How Do You Actually Teach Your Cat New Tricks?
Unlike dogs, felines don’t feel the need to please their owners. As such, they won’t wag their tails and carry out a performance for you just so that you can smile at them, pat them on the head, and allow them to lick your face.
So, how do you make the kitty respond to the commands?
It’s quite simple. You have to trick the cat into thinking that performing the tricks is an enjoyable, positive experience every single time. And the most basic rule for this is the positive reinforcement training technique.
Guide the cat into doing the thing you want, and always take it slow. As the cat attempts to do whatever trick you’re teaching, then reward it. For high fiving, you can carefully take kitty’s paw and use it to high five your hand, while saying “high five”, and then give a treat.
Cat training requires a lot of patience, focus, and devotion. You need to finish what you started, otherwise your kitty won’t learn anything.
Food and Treats
Food and cat treats are the basic essentials for training. Purchasing high quality cat food and using it instead of treats may actually work better. Use small amounts of food to feed your kitty after each command. Don’t overfeed the cat and always leave it hungry for more so that you don’t spoil its appetite for dinner later.
Use verbal and physical praise whenever the cat does something right or attempts to perform the trick guided by verbal commands like “sit,” “high five,” and so on. Praise your furball by saying things like “good kitty,” pet it, and stroke its fur gently. It will make the cat associate the training with a positive experience.
Keep repeating the commands and watching the cat trying to perform them over and over again for around 10 minutes per day. Repeat the training sessions each day without skipping a training session. Always do the training at the same time each day so that you’ll teach your cat when it’s time to perform the tricks. Don’t overdo it, otherwise you’ll bore and even irritate the kitty.
Younger kittens are easier to train than older cats. Nevertheless, you can always teach your furry pal new tricks regardless of age or breed.
Never punish your cat!
Don’t ever scold, slap, or punish your cat in any other way. The feline creature won’t understand why you’re doing. It will simply associate all training sessions and all tricks with a negative, stressful, and even frightening experience.
In fact, it may reach such heights that your cat could start punishing you by destroying your furniture and peeing all over the place. Felines won’t change their natural behavior to something better just because you’re reinforcing punishment.
Stick to the positive reinforcement techniques and reward good deeds instead of punishing your cat for its wrongful doings. Always treat the kitty with food, verbal, and physical praise, and devote yourself to training sessions. Some cats will find it harder to learn how to perform tricks than others, but as long as you’re not giving up on yourself and your kitty, your feline furball will eventually succeed.
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