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Got a new kitten -- or a cat that's behaving badly? Learn some cat training tricks in this video series from Howcast.
You Will Need
- Short training sessions
- Absence of punishment (optional)
Find treats that your cat cannot resist. This will be the reward when training your cat using positive reinforcement.
Get your cat's attention
Get your cat's attention; then move the treat around the cat in such a way that you encourage the desired behavior. This could be, for example, sitting on its haunches.
Give the cat the treat
Give the cat the treat as you offer praise, and then pet it.
Introduce a sound
Introduce a distinctive sound, such as a whistle or the sound made by a clicker, as you teach the cat new behavior. The cat will learn to associate the sound with the desired behavior.
Teach the cat to come to you
Teach the cat to come to you by creating an association between the cat's name -- or some other sound -- and the treat.
Use short training sessions
Keep training sessions short. Your cat's attention span probably won't exceed ten minutes at best. When the cat has a few tricks mastered, enter it in a talent show -- or just be glad it comes when called!