Teaching your cat new tricks

It’s important to keep your cat mentally stimulated. Teaching your cat new tricks can be used as a bonding tool for you and your pet. Take a look at some of the unusual tricks you can teach your furry friend:

High five

High five is a cool trick you can teach your cat:

  • Call your cat so they sit in front of you.
  • Hold a treat in front of your cat but slightly out of reach.
  • Repeat ‘high five’ and lower your hand.
  • If your cat tries to take the treat with their teeth, raise your hand to the starting position again.
  • Repeat the process.
  • You’ll notice your cat may try to reach the treat with their paw instead.
  • If their paw touches the palm of your hand, reward them with praise and the treat.
  • If your cat doesn’t try to reach for the treat, slowly close your hand for a few seconds and try starting this process again.
  • Continue repeating the steps and firmly repeating the commands.

Roll over

This is a pretty easy trick if your cat already knows how to lie down on command. To teach your cat how to roll over, following these steps:

  • Command your cat to lie down.
  • Lure a treat over their shoulder in a counter clockwise motion.
  • As they turn their head to get the treat, they’ll roll over onto their side.
  • Reward with praise and the treat.
  • Continue until your cat understands and is comfortable with rolling over on command.
  • Next, keep luring your cat until they roll all the way over.
  • Again, reward with praise and the treat.
  • Continue repeating the steps and firmly repeating the commands.

Fetch

We all knew dogs could fetch, but who knew you could also teach your cat this trick? Using your cat’s favourite toy:

  • Throw the toy and when they have it, gently take it from them.
  • Throw the toy again and repeat the process.
  • Eventually your cat will begin to understand the process so once thrown they’ll soon bring it back to you.
  • If your cat needs a little encouragement, each time they let go of the toy, reward them with praise and a treat, and continue the process.
  • Continue repeating the steps and firmly repeating the commands.

Shake hands

Shaking hands is a really cute trick to teach your cat:

  • Make sure they're sitting still.
  • Gently lift one of their paws and repeat ‘shake’ or ‘shake hands’.
  • Reward with praise and a treat.
  • Continue this process until your cat automatically lifts their paw and begins to shake your hand on command.
  • It’s important to lift the same paw each time to avoid confusion.
  • Continue repeating the steps and firmly repeating the commands.

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