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How to Use the Best Cat Training Tips & Techniques

Contrary to legend, cats can be trained. Just think of the big cats in the circus if you have any doubts. Get your cat purring -- and doing what you want it to do.


  • Step 1: Find treats Find treats that your cat cannot resist. This will be the reward when training your cat using positive reinforcement.
  • TIP: Cats respond poorly to punishment.
  • Step 2: 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.
  • Step 3: Give the cat the treat Give the cat the treat as you offer praise, and then pet it.
  • Step 4: 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.
  • Step 5: 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.
  • Step 6: 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!
  • FACT: Based on "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" by poet T. S. Eliot, the musical Cats ran on Broadway for 18 years.

You Will Need

  • Treats
  • Attention
  • Praise
  • Sound
  • Short training sessions
  • Absence of punishment (optional)

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