Cats respond best to positive, reward-based training. The ideal reward is a treat, the yummier and gooier, the better. Pet parents can reinforce positive behaviors by giving their felines treats after their cat performs the behavior. The key is practice, practice, practice. Focus on teaching your pet one command or trick at a time and keep lessons around 10 to 15 minutes so as not to cause boredom. Once your cat masters a command, you can start on a new one.
Using this process, you can train your cat to perform a variety of commands and tricks. To take your training to the next level, consider adding a clicker into the equation. Start by giving your cat treats when you click the clicker, so they equate it with a positive experience. Then use the clicker to help your cat connect certain behaviors with treats. Over time, you may be able to use fewer treats as the click from the clicker turns into the reward.
Thinking about training a new kitty in your household? Take a look at Petco’s New Cat Guide for more information on how to give your cat a wonderful and happy home