Cats are notoriously independent and are very willful. And we love them for that. However, can they be taught tricks?
Cat owners often assume that their cat is too irritable to train. Some may further feel that cats are egoistic, making then un-trainable. The fact is, usually, pets don't follow instructions because they don't understand what you want them to do. So if you tried and failed, you might be doing it wrong.
We can't stress this enough: training your cat requires time and perseverance. It takes even more of that when you're teaching them to perform certain tasks. A sure-fire method to get results is to make use of favorable reinforcement. Whatever happens, remember not to reprimand your cat. Instead, take the route of praising them for good behavior.
Another factor that may help in the training process is to start when they are young. The ideal period is between 8-10 weeks old. However, cats will still do well at any age.
First Things First
How do you do this? The first lesson to teach your cat is to come to you when they're called. To do this, hold your cat's favorite treat while calling their name. You'll want to ensure he is in a good mood. You'll also want to make sure there aren't many sounds to swerve their attention away from you. Diversions will reduce their interest or confuse them. Decide on one command and always use it. Orders should be short and easy to remember for both of you. As an example, "come, [name]" works well. Similarly, "right here, kitty" also works.
How Do I Train My Cat?
Stoop down to their level, then give the command. Make sure your voice is exciting and friendly. When the cat comes to you, give treats as a reward. Make sure that you praise your cats as well. After that, move away and do it all over again. Practice using the same intonation and command. Work with it for no more than 10 minutes per session. If your cat becomes tired or is fed up, let them take breaks. Practice this routine for two or three times a day in a week. Once he knows this command by heart, you can move forward with more complex ones. An example would be putting them on harness and leash.
Using Leash and Harness
You might want your cat to learn to endure a harness and leash whenever you need to take trips with them.
To do this, you'll wish to begin by placing the harness on him. Do not put the leash immediately. Praise him for enduring the harness. Provide treats for doing so well. As soon as you think they're comfortable with the harness, affix the chain or leash. Let the cat lead you in the location they want, then slowly coax the cat into following you with treats and praise as weapons. Some cats may use their heel to remove the chain or leash, but the majority will not. Eventually, they will learn not to struggle when wearing a chain or leash.
I hope you try these basic ideas and will help you have more fun times with your cat! Don't forget to share with us the tricks you use to train your cats!