Cat training

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Cats are highly intelligent animals and they can be trained to do many things.[1]


Cats are known for their independence and self-interest. They will resist attempts to train them by punishment, reacting with fear rather than obedience. The result of failure to instill obedience may be that the cat trains the owner, for example, teaching the human to feed it when it complains.[2]

House training[edit]

Cats may be easily trained to use a "kitty litter" box or tray, as this is natural behaviour. They may also be trained to use a toilet.[3]

Problem behaviour[edit]

Problem behaviors include scratching, spraying, climbing Christmas trees, scratching eyeballs, meowing all night, fighting in the litter box, climbing into food cabinets and fridge, running out every open door, having fecal rings on anus, flinging feces after using litter box, and biting.[1]


A cat may be trained to do tricks such as playing dead or ringing the doorbell.[4]

It often helps to expand upon an activity that the cat appears to do naturally (such as is done with dolphins); for example, a cat that routinely plays with a specific toy with its human may be taught to fetch more easily than the cat who does not seem to care for human interaction when playing.

Cat behaviour training[edit]

It is important to learn a cat's behaviour before training commences.[5] A cat's bones are flexible as they do not have a collar bone.[6] This enables a cat to twist and bend their bodies.[6] Thus, a cat can just a very far distance from a stand still.[6] Knowing this behaviour, a cat is likely to be able to learn tricks involving jumping through hoops, sticks and off scratching posts.[5] When training a cat, it is important to allow a cat to use and play on its natural instincts.[5] When opening a can of food or door, a cat will most likely hear this from a far distance.[5] This is because of its unique ability to hear things and smell things.[5] These abilities can be used to the trainers advantage.[5]

Commands for cats[edit]

Like dogs, cats are able to learn many types of commands [7] Such commands are; to come when called, to sit, to roll over, to shake and to jump.[7] Cats like to do things in their own time.[7] Training them involves much motivation, cooperation, time and patience from their owner.[7] An owner must always teach a cat one new trick at a time.[7] A cat can easily lose focus or become confused if too many tricks are being taught at once.[7] An owner can however reinforce old tricks that have already been mastered.[7]

Rules for training a cat[edit]

There are rules that apply when training a cat;

  1. Wherever possible, favour incentives over deterrents. A cat’s natural preference to be gently persuaded into doing something can be used to the owner’s advantage.[8]
  2. The bond between an owner and cat must not be impaired through the training of the cat.[8]
  3. Consult with a veterinarian about any medical causes that could be leading to behavioural problems before trying to train it out of the cat.[8]

Kitten caution[edit]

Most training will start when a cat is still a kitten.[6] An important thing to remember is kittens’ are always playing and often get things caught in their mouth.[6] Should a piece of string or thread by hanging out of a kittens’ mouth, do not pull it out.[6] This is because it could be attached to a needle or have gotten tangled which could result in serious internal damage.[6]


  1. ^ a b Debra Pirotin, Sherry Suib Cohen (May 1985), No Naughty Cats: The First Complete Guide to Intelligent Cat Training, ISBN 978-0-06-015438-7 
  2. ^ H. Ellen Whiteley (2006), Understanding and Training Your Cat Or Kitten, pp. 1–8, ISBN 978-0-86534-509-6 
  3. ^ H. Ellen Whiteley (2006), "ch.4 Etiquette Training", Understanding and Training Your Cat Or Kitten, ISBN 978-0-86534-509-6 
  4. ^ H. Ellen Whiteley (2006), "ch.7 Teaching", Understanding and Training Your Cat Or Kitten, ISBN 978-0-86534-509-6 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Norman, Anne (2014). All About Cat Training. Bookpubber. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Johnson-Bennett, Pam (2011). Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat-- Not a Sour Puss. London, England: Penguin Books. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g Righetti, Joanne. "Cat training, it's easier than you think". 
  8. ^ a b c Schelling, Christianne. "Training your cat". 

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