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Tricks You Can Train Your Cat to Do

According to a study by pet365, 94% of respondents reported that they do at least some training with their dog at home. But what about cats? While they're often seen as independent and aloof, with a little time and effort, you can teach your feline friend some fun and useful tricks, too! Training not only strengthens the bond between you and your cat; it also provides mental stimulation (which burns 4 times the amount of energy that physical exercise does).


Here are some of the best tricks that cat behavior specialists recommend:


Come When Called

One of the most practical cues you can teach your cat is to come when called. Start by saying your cat's name in an upbeat, encouraging tone and giving them a treat when they approach. Use a word like 'come' or 'here' and reward with treats, praise, or play. Be patient, as this may take time for your cat to learn. Cat behavior specialists recommend keeping training sessions brief and ending on a positive note.


Fetch

Many cats love to chase after things, so teaching yours to fetch can tap into their natural instincts. Start with a favorite toy and get their attention with it. Toss it a short distance and say 'fetch.' When your cat brings it back, reward them with treats and praise. Gradually increase the distance as they learn the game. Cat behavior specialists suggest using sound or visual cues like a whistle or hand signal to reinforce the verbal cue.


High Five

happy excited cat high fiving

Giving a high five is a cute trick to impress your friends! Hold a treat in your hand and say 'high five.' When your cat reaches for it with their paw, reward the touch with a treat and praise. Cat behavior specialists say to practice the gesture without food so they learn to do it on cue, too. Be patient, as your cat may bat your hand instead at first.



Jump Through a Hoop

With some training, your agile feline can learn to leap through a hoop on command! Start with holding a hula-hoop with it touching the floor and lure them through with a toy or treat. Use a verbal cue like 'jump' as they go through and then reward them. Gradually increase the hoop height as they get better. Cat behavior specialists recommend making it a fun game with lots of encouragement and rewards for effort.


Training your cat can enrich their life and strengthen your bond. With positive reinforcement and patience, you can teach clever cues and tricks. Our team at Homeward Bound Animal Behavior & Training offers professional pet behavior training. Get in touch with us today to learn more!


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