How to Train your cat?

Cats can’t be trained.

This is a misunderstanding!

Cat training is especially effective when you start training during kittenhood.

Ultimately, training your kitten is about bonding with them and understanding their motivation. Kittens can be independent, so training often takes patience and creativity.

Whether you’re wondering how to keep cats off counters and tables or hoping to teach your kitten a few new tricks, there are steps you can take to make the training process simple and enjoyable.

Training Methods

Most cats will respond to food rewards, which are a type of positive reinforcement. If you use soft moist cat food or dry food as a treat, you will lessen the chance of disturbing a properly balanced diet. If your cat has performed a certain task you have asked of her, make sure you not only reward her with a food treat but with verbal praise as well. You will have more success if you work with one command at a time. As with any kind of training, you have to be consistent and let your cat work at her own speed. When you see even the slightest glimmer that your cat understands the behavior you are trying to teach, reward her enthusiastically.

Let Your Cat Decide the Exciting Training Paycheck

What reward will your cat work for? With positive reward training, a reward is something wonderful your cat will be extremely motivated to obtain, therefore, increasing the frequency of the desirable behavior in the future. Upon hearing the treat bag crinkle, our cat flies down the stairs at top speed to see what we have to offer. Does your cat do the same?

What Are the Best Cat Treats for Training?

  • Churu puree
  • Puree chicken baby food
  • Freeze dried chicken, fish, liver
  • Can cat food
  • Tuna, tuna juice
  • Temptations (break in half)
  • Cheese, butter, whip cream (if cat is not dairy sensitive)
  • Kibble

Steps for successful treat-based training include:

  • Training before meals. Use the time directly before each meal to work on new behaviors with your kitten. When they’re hungry, kittens and cats are much more receptive to training. Never deny your cat food. Rather, use mealtime to hold your kitten’s attention and increase the power of your treats.
  • Eliminate distractions. Background noise, such as TV conversations or the stereo, can pull your kitten’s focus away from you — especially when they are young. Try to train in a quiet place whenever possible.
  • Keep training brief. Keep your kitty training sessions under 15 minutes. Cats get bored quite easily. Don’t let your sessions run long enough to become dull for your kitten.
  • Be consistent. Always use the same signals and cues. But don’t be afraid to switch up the type of treat you use to keep things fresh for your little student.
  • Tackle one skill at a time. For kittens and puppies alike, it’s most effective to focus on one skill at a time. Overloading your kitten will make training stressful and unproductive. Always master one skill before moving on to another.
  • Be patient. When using treats, be patient. Don’t start until you know you have your kitten’s attention. Be open to pausing your session if your kitten gets distracted.