Tricks to teach a cat

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Cats, like dogs, can learn tricks. The training process is similar, although it must be borne in mind that the cat is a much more independent animal. In addition, it will not be as easy to train an adult and sedentary cat as a young one..

Pawing, reaching for the ball, or rolling on the ground are some of the tricks that a cat can learn. If you have a good relationship with your cat, you can incorporate these little tricks to share more moments with your friend. You will see how gratifying it is to see the cat bring his ball or give you the paw when you get home.

Everyone can, patiently learn simple tricks. If you are interested in learning more about this topic, continue reading this AnimalWised article, and you will discover some tricks to practice with your cat.

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  1. What can i teach you?
  2. Give the paw
  3. Turn on itself
  4. Find and bring toy
  5. Clicker

What can i teach you?

Like dogs, the tricks that we can teach our cat are endless. It depends a lot on our imagination and how helpful your cat is. The most common tricks are sit, paw, turn... However, a cat can perform other tricks such as going to the toilet alone or walking on our hands..

The limits are set by you and your cat, although be reasonable and do not ask your cat to perform unnatural postures or actions that it cannot understand. It is a matter between you and your cat. Depending on the trust between you, you can do more or less tricks.

Remember that the time to teach your cat it must be a fun time. Never be mad at him, he is counterproductive and can be easily scared. You must be patient and always use positive reinforcement. Rewarding the behaviors we want to preserve.

Give the paw

Teach your cat to paw step by step:

  • With the prize hidden in your hand, stretch your arm in front of the cat. Before you can show him the food so that he wants to eat it.
  • Say "Say hello ", "Hello " or "Patita ", whichever command you choose.
  • Wait until he tries to touch your hand with his paw. If he tries to catch it with his mouth, move your hand away and say "No".
  • When he touches your hand with his paw, give him his reward.

After several sessions you will begin to do so without hesitation. Maybe at first it will be difficult to relate the command but is normal. You can remove the rewards over time. Although it is always convenient to repeat a session and the prizes from time to time.

Once he has mastered the trick, you can bump his hand into yours at any time. Even if you don't get food every time, it's a quick and easy move that you'll learn right away.

Turn on itself

We can teach you to roll over before receiving a prize or you can lie on the ground and turn..

Simple turn:

  1. The first is relatively straightforward. The cat will turn on itself with all four legs in contact with the ground.
  2. For our cat to turn, we just have to turn our hand over his head, letting him see the reward.
  3. We will draw the movement of the turns in the air.
  4. Your kitten will follow the movement of your hand with his eyes and with his body. Use the words "Gira ", "Vuelta " or whatever you prefer.
  5. Repeat it several times in different sessions.

Turning on the ground:

  1. This trick is a bit more difficult than the previous one, but with patience and effort everything can be achieved. We will use the same technique as in the previous case.
  2. The only thing we must teach our cat before is to lie on the ground. Once it is in that position we will repeat the turn with our hand around it.
  3. Your kitten will follow the movement with his eyes and in the end he will turn his whole body.

Always remember reward your cat. Especially during training.

Find and bring toy

This trick is very fun and with it your cat will exercise indoors, perfect for overweight cats. The trick is to throw him a toy that he likes a lot and get him to return it to us. It should be a mouse-like object made of cloth, or a soft ball. The essential thing is that your cat can catch it with his mouth easily and it does not break easily. You can choose one that you already like a lot or try to introduce a new object.

As you well know, cats love to stalk and like dogs they like to chase objects. It will be easier to teach this trick to a young cat, since they are more active but anyone can learn. Steps to follow:

  1. Show him the toy and move it in front of him. You will notice that his pupils dilate and he already adopts the stalking posture. If not, you should give him the toy several times and reward him.
  2. Throw the toy. Try to make the path as long as possible. If your cat doesn't have room to run, he probably won't go for it and just watch you throw it..
  3. Your cat will run for the toy. At first he will play solo with him. We must go for the toy and repeat the launch.
  4. Many cats will already bring the toy back themselves. The mere fact that you re-release it is incentive enough.
  5. If not, reward him every time he offers or brings you the toy.

More than a trick, it is a game between the two. Your cat will love it and it is a good way to exercise indoors. It can also be done outdoors, but your cat may not feel completely safe running outside. Once he has understood the game, he will bring the toy to the sofa or bed himself..


The clicker It is a training tool that is normally used with dogs but is just as useful with cats. Other animals such as dolphins are also trained with it.

It is a small device that emits a characteristic "Click" when pressed. It is used as secondary conditioned reinforcement. The noise is associated with the behavior we want. Normally our cat will associate it with food, if we use the clicker together with the rewards, our cat will associate that sound with that it is doing well. Although sometimes I do not receive a reward.

It is a useful and easy-to-use tool. Use it only for training. Never in other situations or to attract your cat's attention. You should only use it when your cat does the trick you want and deserves a reward. If not, you can confuse him and make him lose interest..

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