How To Train A Cat To Sit

How To Train A Cat To Sit


You might not be able to train your cat to do much, but you can probably teach them at least a few things. If your cat is ever in danger—say, they’re about to fall off a ledge or get into something toxic—it’s important that they know when and how to sit so that you can get them out of harm’s way. So here are our top tips for helping even the most stubborn cat learn this lifesaving command.

Give your cat a treat right after they sit.

Once you’ve successfully taught your cat to sit, it’s time to train them to do so on command.

Here’s how:

  • When they sit and stay, give them a treat right away. Be consistent with this step! Don’t wait until they get up or wander away before giving them the treat; it’s supposed to be immediate so that they associate sitting with getting something good. If you have treats in bulk, keep some on hand at all times so that you’re ready when the moment strikes—and don’t forget about keeping your cat’s favorite food in mind when choosing one for this exercise! Try not making the reward too big (like half of their dinner), since we want them thinking of sitting as a positive experience rather than fearing punishment from us if they don’t perform correctly.
  • Make sure everyone else in the house knows about this new rule about giving treats after cats sit still for longer than two seconds—you don’t want anyone accidentally rewarding bad behavior!

Don’t reward your cat if they sit before you give the command.

This can be a little tricky because it’s tempting to reward your cat when they do something that you like, but as soon as they see you giving them attention, they will start doing that behavior more often. You want to train your cat to automatically sit when asked, not just when you are in the mood for them to sit. If your cat sits before you give the command and then looks up at you with hope in their eyes (which is what happened with my cats), ignore them until they get frustrated and try another behavior instead of rewarding them for sitting prematurely!

Use a verbal command first, before making a gesture.

Before you start to train your cat to sit, it’s important that you learn the verbal and hand gestures for commands. For example, “sit” is a word/sound that can be used both verbally as well as gesturally. Gestures are movements of the body or limbs that have specific meanings in human language; for example, moving one’s hands up and down in front of one’s body might mean something different than waving those same hands above one’s head. We’ll get into more details about this later on in this article!

In order to train your cat properly, it’s important that both you and your pet understand what each command means before proceeding. This will help both parties feel confident when using these words or gestures later on during training sessions and beyond!

Don’t rush the process.

The first thing you need to know about teaching your cat to sit is that it’s going to take some time. Don’t expect your cat to learn in a day, don’t give up if your cat doesn’t learn the first time and don’t punish your cat if they don’t learn.

The second thing you need to know about training a cat is that success isn’t guaranteed. Every cat is different, so there’s no guarantee that yours will ever sit on command (even with these tips). In addition, cats often respond better when their humans aren’t busy trying other things at the same time or talking on the phone or whatever else happens in “real life.”

Stay calm when you give the command.

When you give the command, stay calm, even if your cat does not respond. Cats are very sensitive to their owners’ emotions, so getting upset will only make them more stressed and less likely to perform the behavior correctly.

If your cat does not respond to the command at first and then tries it again later, be patient! Cats are creatures of habit and may need time to learn new things. Do not punish your cat for not obeying right away; this will only cause confusion and stress for both of you.

Cats may not be as easy to train as dogs, but it is possible to teach them new things.

Cats may not be as easy to train as dogs, but it is possible to teach them new things. Cats are more independent than dogs and they are also territorial. This means that they do not need you or anyone else in order to survive and thrive. They are also independent learners so if you don’t show them what you want them to do first, then it might be difficult for them to understand what it is that you want from them.

Cats are more independent thinkers than humans and this makes sense when compared with humans since we share a lot of DNA with cats; however, this can also make training cats difficult because they often think differently than us! This doesn’t mean that cats will never learn anything new; rather, it just means that they need different strategies when training cats because their brains work differently than ours do (and vice versa).


If you are willing to be patient, training a cat can be very rewarding. The first step is to teach your cat a simple command like “sit,” which can help your relationship with your kitty grow stronger. When it comes to training cats, repetition is key—but if you stay consistent and don’t give up on your furry friend, eventually they will learn how to sit for their favorite treat!

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