Weekly Trick – Teaching a CAT to Give a Handshake
In sticking with the cat theme this week, I have a trick to teach all your kitties out there.
In order to make sure that your cat will be willing to have a learning session with you, make sure you try the trick a few hours before mealtime and have their most favorite treat handy.
Hold the treat out in your hand low enough to allow the cat to sniff it, but don’t let them eat any just yet.
Next stick out your other hand (that does not have treats in it) cupped palm upwards, just above eye level for your cat. Say to your cat “Shake” or “Give Paw”. Your cat should put his paw in your hand to actively search for the treat. If they do not, help the cat by putting their paw in your hand and say your word again as you do it.
If the cat puts their paw in your hand, treat them and give tons of praise and petting.
Continue to do this several times until the cat does it at least four or five times. Then your cat will have learned a great and entertaining trick! Space out your training sessions, always do them before a meal, and make the training sessions short. No more than about 4 minutes.
Here is a sweet video showing the trick in action. It is NOT ME in the video. Have fun, be patient and give your kitty lots of praise, your cat will get there and learn this trick if you give them lots of love and attention.