Teaching Kitty to Come When Called
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Many people think cats can’t be trained but you and I know better. We know how smart cats are and they are and they can learn the same behaviors that people usually only attempt to teach dogs. The cats in my home come when called, sit, stay, give high-fives, roll over, as well as several other behaviors. You certainly don’t need to train your kitty to do the things I’ve trained but it is a good idea to teach him to respond to his name. It can be a good safety measure. For example, if you’re getting ready to leave your house and you can’t find your cat it can be much quicker to locate him if he’s trained to come when called as opposed to you having to look into every nook and cranny of your home. It can also help potentially avoid unwanted behavior or even disaster.
To train your cat to come when called, start by having him associate his name with something positive. Whenever you put food down, call his name over and over in a sweet tone. Even if he’s conditioned to run into the kitchen whenever he hears the can opener, continue to call his name.
The second step is to hold a treat one step in front of him and call his name along with the cue “come.” When he takes the step, give him the treat. Do this several times and work up to being a few steps away. In subsequent sessions, increase the distance.
Initially, during the training you’ll always want to reward with a treat or piece of his regular food but as the behavior becomes very cemented you can switch to intermittent treating. ALWAYS reward him though with praise or petting if you aren’t offering a treat. And never call your cat to you in order to reprimand him.
As training progresses, call him from another room where he can’t see you. As long as you always praise or reward him for responding he should remain consistent in coming whenever he hears his name and the cue to “come.”
Does your cat come when called?
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