Cat Training Tips
- The best time to train your cat is right before meal time, when your cat is most motivated by food.
- Only train for short periods at a time (15 minutes max) or your cat may lose interest. As soon as she stops responding, stop training. It’s best to do several short training sessions several times day.
- Don’t force your cat into training sessions by picking her up and taking her to her bed (or wherever you’d like to train her), as she won’t understand what’s being asked of her.
- Only use training treats for training. If you give your cat a treat every time she paws you, you won’t be training your cat, she will be training you!
- It’s important to remember that cats learn differently than dogs and have shorter attention spans, however, young cats tend to learn faster because of their age and pliable minds.
- You won’t know what your cat is capable of learning until you try. Some people have been successful using clicker training on their feline friends.
- Another way to train a cat is called targeting, which involved having a cat touch its nose to an object or “target” as it learns the behaviors you’d like it to exhibit. To try targeting training, start in a quiet room without distractions and hold the target an inch away from your cat’s nose. Your cat will want to sniff it, so the instant her nose touches the target, give her a treat. Repeat this process several times.
- Don’t give up and keep the training sessions short, with maybe five to ten tries at a time.
- It’s important to remember positive reinforcement, or rewarding your cat with a small treat when she does something you like. The goal is to get your cat to associate the good behavior with a reward and the treats you use should be something your cat really loves but doesn’t get often.