How To Train A Cat To Do Tricks

How To Train A Cat To Do Tricks


Cats are curious, intelligent animals who can be taught tricks that range from the amusing to the helpful. Although cats have a reputation for being self-sufficient and independent, they actually bond with their owners like any other pet would. If you’re willing to put in some time and effort, you can train your cat to do tricks that will impress your friends and family. It’s not difficult, but it does take a little bit of patience. Here are some tips for training your cat to do tricks:

Choose The Right Treats

The first step to training your cat is choosing the right treats. You’ll want them to be healthy, small and easy to handle, easy to digest, easy to store and easily found. The most important part of this whole process is making sure that you get a treat that your cat likes!

It can be tempting to use a human snack like chips or chocolate (don’t do it), but if you’re going all out on training your kitty how else are they supposed to know what’s special?

Pick a Cue

The first step in training a cat to do tricks is picking a cue word. There are two things you want to think about when choosing your cue:

  • Choose a word that isn’t used in your daily vocabulary. That way, you won’t accidentally say the cue word out of context and confuse your kitty.
  • Pick a word that is not related to the trick you’re teaching — this will make it less likely your cat will get confused or associate their behavior with another action (what I mean by this is they don’t learn one thing then start associating it with something else).

While there’s no specific rule for what words are best, here are some general tips:

  • Stay away from names of people or other animals within your household unless everyone agrees on one specific name; if there is disagreement on which term to use, pick another option!
  • Choose short words that are easy for humans to say quickly; this makes it easier for cats who may be hearing impaired or just not paying attention.

Let Your Cat Get Used To The Cue

  • Let Your Cat Get Used To The Cue

The first step in training your cat to do tricks is to let them get used to the cue. You don’t want to start training them until they are comfortable with the cue and know what it means. If you try using a specific word or phrase before your cat is accustomed to hearing it, you risk confusing them and causing confusion when you actually begin teaching your cat new tricks.

Start With A Simple Trick

Choosing a simple trick is the best way to start.

  • Pick a trick that’s easy for your cat to learn. You can’t expect your kitten to learn complicated tricks like “walk up and down steps” or “open doors” when they’re just starting out. If you choose a trick that’s too difficult, your cat will give up and lose interest in learning new tricks altogether.
  • Choose one that’s easy for you to teach and reward. If you have trouble following directions yourself, this may be even more of an issue when teaching them to another living creature who has no idea what words mean! Make sure you have time on both hands so things don’t get too stressful while trying to train animals together—you’ll want each other’s full attention during these sessions if possible (even though they might not understand why).
  • Pick something easy enough that it won’t feel overwhelming when practicing over time either; otherwise it could become tedious after awhile which defeats its purpose entirely! Remember: having fun matters more than anything else here 🙂

Gradually Build Your Cat’s Repertoire

You can teach your cat to do tricks by using a reward system. It’s best to start with a simple trick like sit or lay down and then gradually add new tricks every few days. Your cat will learn the most when they are young, so while you’re waiting for him or her to reach adulthood, you’ll want to keep up with training sessions.

The process of training your cat should be fun for both of you; don’t push too hard or overdo it on the training schedule! You shouldn’t expect them to learn all of the tricks in one day either—it might take weeks or months depending on how often you train your cat and what kind of food rewards they prefer (some cats prefer cheese over chicken dinners).

Reward Your Cat For Good Work

Once you have taught your cat to follow the commands, it is time to reward your cat for good work. You can do this in a variety of ways, but here are some ideas:

  • Give your cat treats when they have done something right. If your cat knows how to sit down, then give them a treat for every time they sit on command. This will make them want to keep sitting down because of all the attention and praise that comes with it!
  • If your cat knows how to turn around in place (180 degrees), then get up from where you are sitting and walk around in front of her/him. As soon as she/he turns around 180 degrees on command so that their backside is facing toward yours instead of their frontsides facing toward yours, give out lots and lots of praise! Every time after this happens again (and again), continue giving more praise until finally one day – BAM! – You don’t even need treats anymore because now all it takes is one word or gesture from me before my kitty will spin away from me while still looking at me straight into my eyes.”

You can teach your cat to do tricks and maybe even teach them to help you around the house.

You may have noticed that cats are intelligent animals, capable of learning new tricks at a high rate. You can teach your cat to do tricks, and possibly even train them to help you around the house. In addition to being fun, this will bond you and your cat together as a team.

Cats are great companions who love attention, so teaching them tricks is an excellent way of getting some quality time in with your pet! The following steps will show you how to train your cat for basic obedience:


This is just the beginning of your cat training journey. It might take you a while to get your cat used to the idea of doing tricks, but it’s worth it. You’ll have a proud kitty in no time!

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