Everyone knows you can teach dogs tricks, but did you realize how good cats were at learning new things too? Cats love to work for food, so teaching them tricks for treats is the perfect way to have some fun for both of you. All you need is a hungry kitty, their favorite treats and a clicker. If you don’t know what to teach, check out this list below!
#1 – Sit
Teaching your cat to sit is one of the easier tricks and it’s recommended you try this first. All you need to do is say “sit” as you lure your cat into position with a piece of food, then click and feed. A few reps and you’ll be able to lure without food and then fade out the lure.
#2 – Jump
Teaching your cat to jump will depend on their natural tendencies. If you have a cat that really likes to jump, teaching them to jump through a hoop might be easy for you. First you’ll lure your cat through the hoop while it’s on the ground and click and treat for your cat walking through the hoop. Then you’ll raise it higher and higher until your cat jumps right through!
#3 – Shake
When your cat is sitting still, gently lift one of their paws while saying “shake,” and mark and reward. Continue these repetitions until you can start fading out your physical cue (lifting of the paw) and your cat meets you there. It’s easiest if you lift the same paw each time to make the exercise more consistent for your cat and therefore easier to learn.