Kittens, like children, must be taught how to live in your home, trained to be obedient and obedient. Many people believe that cat training is an extremely difficult problem. However, the key to training a kitten to obey is patience.
So how to do and how to do the training? Let’s learn about this with Begy in today’s article!
1. Simple handshake cat training
With a little patience, your cat can shake hands at your command to everyone’s admiration. The steps to train a cat are as follows:
- Choose a time to train your cat about 1 hour before a meal. At this point, the cat is hungry and instinctively, they will work harder to receive your reward.
- Keep cat food or a treat in your hand.
- Show the cat the food, let them smell it, and don’t let the cat catch the food.
- Raise your hand with no food inside, cupping it slightly in front of the cat. But just above the cat’s eye. Use simple words like “Shake hands” or “Foot”. The cat will understand it as a handshake. While looking for food, cats will instinctively put their paws on your hand.
- If that doesn’t work, try lifting the cat’s paw. Hold the cat’s paws while they eat the food. In this way, the cat will understand that eating is associated with putting their hands on their paws on your hands.
- Instantly give rewards when they put their paws on your hand. At the same time, increase the incentive by saying “Good job”. The purpose is to associate the act of shaking hands with being fed.
- Repeat the exercise 4 to 5 times or more. Start over before the next meal or the next day, remembering to use voice commands each time.
- Continue until everything is easy.
=> If the cat raises its paw as soon as you give it a command, you have succeeded.
Note that cats only pay attention for short periods of time. If the lesson lasts too long, the cat will be distracted. Therefore, it should not last more than 3 to 5 minutes for a session to have the best effect.
2. Feeding time training for cats
Many cats love meal time, so one of the easiest ways to teach a cat to come up to you when called upon is to make the right noises:
for example, or calling them names right before you start preparing their meals each day. The sound you make will become a command or cue for your cat.
Make sure you offer suggestions before you crumple a bag of cat food or use a can opener. If your cat hears the sounds of meal prep, they will come closer to responding to the sounds than to your cues.
In fact, those enticing sounds can excite them so much that they won’t even hear you.
After more than a week of training on mealtime, you can move on to the exercises below.
3. Training Kittens Come Close on Command
Be persistent in training the kitten to come close when called, although the process can take some time and effort. It is a wonderful thing to train a kitten to come close when called. This step is incredibly helpful and can help you find your cat if they get lost.
In many cases, stray kittens are very frightened, and instinctively they will hide as a defense mechanism. However, if the kitten is trained to return on command, this can overcome the natural tendency to stay put in a scary situation.
- Train in short but frequent sessions. When training kittens you need to master the concept of training little but often.
- Cats have a shorter tempo than dogs and the ability to focus begins to wander after 5 minutes or so.
- A suitable schedule would be sessions of three, five minutes a day, or alternatively, schedule arbitrarily short sessions as often as when the kittens are nearby and in a playful mood.
- Choose a suggested word to use to call the kitten. As the kitten walks towards you, you’ll provide a decision cue word to use to call the cat.
- Choose a word that the kitten doesn’t hear under any circumstances, so an unusual or even self-made word is ideal.
- It is best not to use the cat’s name because it would be used in other cases. This will confuse cats, because if they don’t have a forward reflex when you say, “Kitty is a pretty cat,” it will dilute the cue.
- Use the switch training method to train the cat to come close on command. Say the cue word and when the kitten turns towards you, briefly press the switch to mark the moment of the desired behavior.
- Then immediately reward them. If you repeat this often, over many training sessions, the cat will learn from this cue.
You can use this principle to train your cat to perform any desired behavior such as jumping off a desk, or shaking its paw.
4. Train your cat to play catch the ball
Among the cat training game types, ball juggling is the game with high difficulty. Because this game requires your cat to have a lively personality, like to be active, like to play.
Therefore, this game is suitable for immature cats. If your pet cat has a quiet, lazy, inactive personality, it will be difficult to attract them.
Especially old cats. Props for making toys are very simple, all of which are available in the family.
- Make a ball by rolling a newspaper, shredded paper, should choose soft paper.
- The ball is smaller than a cat’s paw so it’s easier for them to catch.
- Tie a long string or thread to the top of the ball.
- Shake it back and forth in front of the kitten. Do not shake too vigorously, the position is within the reach of the cat. Not too high or too low.
- Do not let the cat catch the ball, this is not a simple game, but a training exercise.
- Let the kitten just slam his hand on the ball but not catch it.
- Once the cat gets used to hitting the ball towards you, you can loosen the rope and throw it directly at the kitten. Let the cat see the ball then throw the ball to it.
- Throw the ball a little slower and further away from the cat’s position. If the cat can hit the ball, get it back immediately. Don’t let it keep playing with the ball. Then immediately reward it with a piece of food or a treat.
- Practice it over and over again, and reward your cat every time he gets it right.
=> Training time should not be too long, just 5 minutes when starting out. When training, prepare some food that your cat loves. You can train your cat before a meal to get them excited.
5. Train your cat to sit
Training your cat to sit is a fairly simple task. First, use a treat that can stimulate them with tuna, chicken pieces or whatever snack they like, put in front of their nose to encourage the cat to participate in this lesson.
Then slowly bring the treat to the back of the cat’s head until the cat lifts its head and sits down, at which point don’t forget to say the sit-down command. Once done, don’t forget to reward them.
During this process, you need to maintain patience and remember that the training is only for short periods of time.
6. How to train a cat to fake death
If you want your cat to pretend to be dead, you need to train the cat to lie still while there is stimulation right next to it. When you gently push it with your foot, it doesn’t wake up.
If it’s going to get up, still have to say “no”. Let it lie still and then reward it, do the same method above.
When the kitten hears its owner call its name, it must quickly run to the owner, can no longer lie on the ground pretending to be dead.
At this point, the owner needs to use a higher voice to call the kitten to “wake up”. When the kitten runs in front of you, you have to reward it with a meal.