Weekly Trick – Stunning Cat Tricks By Kitty Lucy
Teaching a cat how to do tricks can be difficult, but I have found that there are commonalities in every video and common techniques to use to be successful in teaching a cat to do tricks.
The first thing is to make sure to teach tricks when your cat is hungry and use their favorite treat/food ever. This seems to get them interested enough in doing what you want them to do, when you want them to do it.
The second important thing to remember is to be patient and only teach the tricks for no more than 10 minutes at a time. After that, your cat’s attention span diminishes rapidly.
Next, use a positive, upbeat tone when asking them to do something like “sit” or “down”. If you use a negative tone, your cat might think that you are mad at them and run away or not do what you want them to do.
In this video, Lucy performs many tricks. Her pet parent uses hand gestures as well, which is another important point. If you pat the floor and say “down”, your cat will associate the two and will learn to go “down” when you do this.
An example would be, if you want your cat to learn to “sit”, pat the floor and say the word “sit” at the same time. Your cat will associate the two and will sit, learning the trick just like a dog would. Praise your cat with treats and pets once they have done what you want them to do.
Associate the words with the actions, and give treats, and you will have a happy, smart, trick-learning cat.
Posted on August 4, 2012, in Tricks, Uncategorized and tagged cat, cat tricks, cats, learn., Play Dead, smart, teaching a cat to do tricks, treats, word association. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.