What can you teach a cat? Unlike dogs, cats aren’t exactly known for obeying commands from humans. With empathy, patience, and the right method, anyone can teach their pet tiger tricks like paws.
Can cats learn commands such as down and paws or “pretend to be dead”? Most people still can barely imagine it. In fact, cats can learn exactly the same tricks as dogs.
Most of them are based on the principles of clicker training. Special clickers can be purchased, but a simple click works just as well. It is important to maintain the signal once it has been introduced. This is the only way for a cat to memorize the beep.
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Important to know: the tricks shown here require regular practice and must be trained. On average, it takes a cat about a week to reliably master a trick.
Positive reinforcement helps speed up training – if a cat exhibits the desired behavior, there is a reward as a reward.
Clicker training with cats: Indoor cats in particular benefit from this
|Clicker training comes from the field of behavioral psychology and was in the 60s to educate the dolphins for the Dolphin therapy developed. Already in the 1920s, the Russian scientist, Ivan Petrovich Pavlovdogs successfully trained with the help of beeps.
It has now been shown that cats, which are generally considered to be rather stubborn characters, can be trained using this method. Indoor cats in particular benefit from this, because regular training ensures greater balance.
Cat expert Birgit Rödder detailed clicker training with cats in her book Clicker box for cats.
Clicker training with cats is fun and strengthens the human-animal relationship! The following 5 tricks are useful for getting started:
1. Teach a cat to “sit”
A small toy, such as a stuffed mouse, is used to easily bring a cat into a sitting position. The stuffed mouse is held directly above the cat’s head and slowly moves backwards so that the animal tries to follow it with its eyes and finally with its head. In most cases, the cat will automatically assume a sitting position.
Once the cat is seated, a click sounds and the pet is praised. If you want, you can also get a gift. The command “Sit down!” It can then be introduced as a cue to sit down.
2. Teach the cat to shake hands
The exercise begins by placing your hand flat on the floor next to your cat and hiding a treat underneath. When the cat starts sniffing your hand, you will hear a click. The hand is pulled away and the cat receives the reward.
Next time you try, keep your hand on the morsel. Your cat will likely touch your hand with his paw to get the treat. Right now you hear a click. The command “Give the paw!” Now it can be introduced.
During training, you can raise your hand more and more from the floor and finally present the palm of your hand to your cat, where it should place the paw. A click should sound for every desired action the animal shows, a reward provides positive support.
3. Teach a cat to high five
The “high five” gesture is one of the most popular tricks for house cats. The basis for this trick is to give the paw, which the cat should master first. The paw is then extended to five.
The trick to introducing a cat to high-fives is to model their behavior after giving the paw. As opposed to shaking your paw, you lift your hand off the floor step by step until it is finally upright and upright (like clapping your hands with a high five).
The trick of five is a challenge and not all cats immediately play with it as desired. If it doesn’t work right away, it’s always a good idea to step back during your workout and be patient.
4. Teach the cat to recover
A distraction-free environment is important for this trick. It works best when the cat is a little hungry.
A stuffed mouse, newspaper ball, or similar small things that a cat can easily put in their mouth are suitable for recovery. Initially, the pet is free to take care of the toy. The goal is for the cat to voluntarily take the object into its mouth. If so, a click is displayed and a prize is awarded.
In the next stage, the toy is placed on the floor a few centimeters away. If the cat picks it up and lets itself be lured to you with the toy in its mouth, there is again praise and reward. Please don’t be disappointed if you don’t succeed right away – teaching cats this trick requires a lot of patience.
As soon as the cat brings the toy back from a short distance, you can try to throw it a few meters. It is also a good idea to take your cat’s special “recovery toy” out on special occasions only. So it remains interesting in the long run.
5. Teach a cat to “bump” (pretend to be dead)
For this trick, the cat should first be able to use the “sit down!” Instead of moving the toy backwards at the cat’s head, it is pulled over the side, diagonally across the cat’s back.
The goal is for the cat to twist its head while chasing the toy. She may throw herself aside to make it easier.
If it doesn’t work right away, you can give your cat a little help: While your cat follows the toy with its eyes, you gently push it to the side so that it is prone to falling.
If the cat accepts it, there will obviously be a gift and praise as a reward. Only when it works can the “Bang!” Signal be introduced. So that the cat jumps into the desired position on command.
It takes a lot of patience and training to learn the peng trick. Gradually, the cat will eventually fall on its own as soon as it hears the appropriate signal and expects a reward.
Did you know: Cats can also learn to listen to their names #. The following article reveals exactly how it works: Teaching a cat its name – this is how it works!
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