While it is true that cats are more independent and tend to be less sociable than dogs, training and teaching them new tricks is easier than you think. Cats may not be motivated to work together with and please their owners the way dogs have been bred to, their desire for treats and food works as the perfect motivation in the training process. Here are some methods you can use to teach your feline to be the perfect pet.Always reward, never punish Source: https://catsphd.com/how-to-feed-a-cat-with-liver-disease/
The most important thing to remember while embarking on this training journey is to always reward your cat for good behaviour, and never punish his or her mistakes. Yelling or disciplining your cat will induce stress in kitty as well as yourself, creating tension, wariness and mistrust that could eventually lead to a violent cat. Patience and positive reinforcement are vital in learning how to train a cat.Clicking
Whether it is using your tongue, a click-y pen or purchasing an actual clicker (think Chris and his raptors) from one of the many Singapore pet shops, clickers are common training tool for a wide variety of animals – cats included! Train your cat to associate this sound with positive reinforcement or rewards. Start by first giving your cat a treat, followed by the clicking sound to establish what this sound means. Once your cat obeys a command you give, make this sound again and offer her yet another treat, and once repeated several times, your pet will most likely catch on. In fact, you can use the clicker to call your cat to run your way once he or she knows that the sound most likely means getting more treats!Sitting
Teaching your cat how to sit is a basic skill that your pet already knows and is hence one that is easy to achieve and build upon. Hold your cat’s favourite treat a few inches above her ears and slowly move the treat back towards her tail while calling out “sit” in a gentle but firm voice. This move naturally coaxes her to sit down to continue looking at the treat. Reward her with the treat immediately, and make a click sound as well. Repeat this several times in a day and your cat should be able to master this trick in less than a week!Shaking Hands Source: http://www.goathouserefuge.org/thank-you-for-helping-us-reach-our-goal/
Get onto the same level as your cat with a treat in hand. Tap kitty’s paw while saying “shake” or “paw”, and click when she begins to move her paw. Reward her with the treat once she makes contact with your hand. Repeat this action until your cat offers you her paw in response to your vocal commands without needing to tap her. It may take several tries to get it right the first few times, but with patience and plenty of treats, your furkid will be shaking hands left and right like the star we all know she is!Walking on a leash Source: https://www.yespets.com/cats/55052/these-cats-are-ready-for-an-outdoor-adventure/
The first step is to get a harness that attaches to your cat’s back, instead of the neck. Leave the harness around the house in areas that your cat regularly hangs out in to get her accustomed to its sight. Drape it along her torso a few times for a couple of days before taking the step to secure her in it, rewarding her with treats every step of the way. Allow your cat to get used to how it feels walking around safely indoors before attempting your first outdoor walk. For the first few walks around the neighbourhood, do it in quiet and safe areas with few people, and no dogs to startle your cat. Soon, your cat will be happy to walk around in her harness and on a leash comfortably.
These are just a few tips to help train your cat companion. Once your cat understands that you will reward her when she does what you ask, it will be easier to teach her more advanced skills. Whenever it gets tough, remember that treats will always do the trick!