Weekly Trick – Teaching A Cat To Do Tricks
Teaching a cat to do tricks can be such a daunting task. Knowing what your cat will respond to and how far to push them are probably the top priorities in getting your cat to perform the tricks you want them to do.
Another important aspect is to get your cat interested in what you are doing. Let me back up a bit here and start over. If you want to teach your cat how to fetch, start to play with a ball (now start playing with a ball the size your cat will be comfortable with, like this, not a huge ball that your dog or a human would play with).
Keep playing with it each time your cat is in the same room with you, grab their interest. If they come over to play, give them a treat of their liking (some cats really enjoy a good petting, some like treats, whatever will work). Praise them and continue.
After some time, push the ball towards the cat and let them play, if they do, then reward them. Try to grab the ball back and start to push it back to them again, then trace your finger on the floor so that they will come back to you with the ball in their mouth. This will take time. Also this may not work with your cat, it all depends on what your cat responds to. Most important is that cats can sense frustration and anger, so if you start to get frustrated that they are not responding to what you want, do not let it show in your voice or trick learning time will be over.
Keep trying, keep rewarding, and keep playing. Any kind of interaction will help. I know I have done posts similar to this one, but I wanted to share the process again as it can be difficult to teach a cat to do tricks.
Here is a video from a cat behavior specialist that may help explain how to teach your cat to do tricks better than I can.
Posted on July 21, 2012, in Tricks, Uncategorized and tagged animals, behaviorist, cat, cat behavior, cats, fetch, nature, play, teaching a cat tricks, treats, weekly trick. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.