Deciding to have a cat as your pet entails a lot of responsibilities. It may be nice to cuddle a cute furry thing but you need to pay the price as well. Before taking the cat to your home, you have to prepare an uncovered litter box, a receptacle where you will put the soiled liter, a little scoop, a litter substrate, water bowls, and food.
Once your cat has finally arrived home, you may be tempted to issue some commands like; “kitty, catch the ball”, “fetch the newspaper”, or “snag the frizbee”. However, you feel sad when your cat did not respond to any of these orders since most of these kinds of training are meant for dogs and cats are not receptive to them. Hence, you end up asking yourself the question; “can you train a cat? ” Well, the answer to your query is “yes”. Here are some examples of training that are appropriate for your furry friend:
- Training your cat to shake hands
Before teaching this trick, you need to be prepared for a treat. Make sure that you are also aligned with your cat. Then tap the paw of your furry friend as you utter the word “shake”. Once your cat moves its paw, sound your clicker (this can be a clicker of a pen, sending a message to your cat that a positive behavior has been done). After clicking, offer your cat a treat. After a couple of days training session, your cat should be able to shake its hands upon command.
- Training your cat to beg
This is another simple training you can do. While holding a treat just right above your furry friend’s head, utter the word; “beg”. This would cause your cat to stand using its hind legs while reaching the snack. Once it does this, click your pen signifying that positive behavior is done then offer the treat. Repeat the process many times until the cat responds to the command even without dangling a treat anymore.
- Use of a leash
Just like other animals, cats may be resistant to any change. Hence, putting a harness on for the first time can be uncomfortable for your pet, much more if you walk your cat with a leash. Hence, it pays to train your furry friend to get used to having a harness on first before gradually making the transition of attaching a leash and walking using it. So, first, buy a harness with a leash and put this on the cat’s back (never on the neck).
However, before putting it on, leave the harness on areas where the cat usually goes for a few days and make the cat get accustomed to its sight. This can be the cat’s play area or feeding area. Once it gets used to it, while giving a treat, drape the harness over your pet without full attachment first. Eventually, try to secure the harness around your pet (leash excluded). Leave it there for a couple of days. Then, attach the leash to the harness and let your cat wander free with it. During training sessions, hold the cat’s leash. Eventually, bring your cat outdoor, holding the leash and going to quiet places can be a good start.