HOW TO TRAIN A CAT TO SIT
HOW TO TRAIN A CAT TO SIT
There’s a persisting myth that cats can’t be trained to follow commands and it’s high time it is busted. Most people, however, are pleasantly surprised to learn that cats can really be taught certain behaviours – to the benefit of cat and human. Cats can learn a variety of commands like sit, roll over and shake, which are typically considered to be dog tricks. When you train your cat to do these tricks, you will have a well-mannered feline and your kitten gets the opportunity to stimulate his mind, keep her body fit and sharpen her socialization skills
Ways of teaching your cat to sit
Cats can be independent and wilful, so training them can be quite a task. However, you can get motivate your cat to learn to sit by using any of the two methods below.
- Lure method
- Cats are highly intelligent creatures, and as a result, they tend to get bored easily. To keep their attention for as long as possible, remove distractions from the area you want to train your feline.
- An excellent way to motivate you feline friend is to give her treats. Cat treats are quite different from normal treats as they’re usually soft. Example of treats that cats such as spreadable cheese, cream cheese, fish, chicken, turkey etc
- Raise the treat (your lure) slowly above her face, moving past her nose and toward her forehead. The idea it so lure the cat into a sitting position. Once she is sitting, give her treats.
- Repeat the training several times till your cat fully masters the trick. You can slowly fade away the lure by reducing the amount of treats you give.
- Sound method
- You will need to start the training using a clicker and a treat to get your cat motivated. Don’t reward your furry friend with treats without the clicker noise so there is no confusion about why a reward is happening.
- Reward specific movements by rewarding your cat every time she hints at sitting down or actually sits down. Make sure you click first before you give her the treat. Be sure to fade out the treat when you’re sure your feline has learnt the trick.
- Alternatively, you can use sounds like vocal cues to get your cat’s attention so that she comes to you. For instance, the sound can be before opening a can of cat food. Once your cat associates that sound with food, she will likely come to you when next she hears it and you can then commence the training.
- Always reward your feline creature with treats and lots of praise when sits down. Don’t use your hands to force your cat to sit as she may misinterpret the action.
- Never punish your furry friend as this is the fastest way to make your cat get scared of you. Repeat it again and again If she doesn’t get the training right. Patience and determination is key when training cats.
Teaching your cat to sit means she is less likely to be underfoot all the time or in your way when you’re preparing dinner. The idea time for each training session is five times and should be done twice a day.