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Can your Cats Be Clicker Trained?

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I belong to a cat newsletter - this was an interesting article that I read today. I hope that you can open the link. If not, you can email drjon@petplace.com I really enjoy this little free newsletter, so check that out too!
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Damita is clicker trained. Saves me from snapping my fingers all the time.
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Abys can be clicker trained - but then, they are the Einsteins (and just as weird ) of the cat world! I don't clicker train - they are trained on voice command - especially the show cats
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Abys can be clicker trained - but then, they are the Einsteins (and just as weird ) of the cat world! I don't clicker train - they are trained on voice command - especially the show cats
But of course they are!! Can I adopt you kitten photo? I am in love! I've been meaning to mention that - it's a new signature, right?
post #5 of 12
I clicker trained 8-Bit to shake and sit up. It's totally possible.
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Fat Harriet is clicker trained to sit before food and to shake. It's 100% possible.

A couple of hints:

Cats are not like dogs and will not work for forever. Most will work for a couple of minutes and then blow you off. You have to repsect that and just have lots of short sessions.

Some cats (I know many will, but there are many who won't) take food from your hand so you'll either need a tongue depressor or spoon or just set a small plate of food down. We use the those methods at the shelter.

Not only can clicker training be great for teaching tricks, you can also help mold behavior--so if you have a very shy cat, you can encourage confidence and bravery or teach them something as simple as going into their carrier.

Cats are very intelligent and DESERVE to use their brains! Train away!
post #7 of 12
Wow...that sounds really nice to clicker train them. My dogs and rabbit are clicker trained but not my kitties. Do you train them the same way you would another animal (with treats and positive reinforcement?)
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But of course they are!! Can I adopt you kitten photo? I am in love! I've been meaning to mention that - it's a new signature, right?
Feel free to use any picture of my cats Are you talking about the siggy or the avatar? The siggy is Suria and the avatar is Bulan at 2 months
post #9 of 12
I haven't tried it with my own cats but I know of a friend that has clicker trained her cat successfully!
post #10 of 12
If it's done correctly, any cat can be clicker trained. It's just that they have a tendency to "choose" not to be
post #11 of 12
~My cats and dog are all clicker trained. Im a STRONG advid of the Clicker Method. I have done classes at the local pet shop on clicker training. I work with all my rescues/foster with Clicker. I have to say cats arent clicker trained as much as they have clicker trained US! lol Plus they determine when and where and why and who so you have to accept WE the humans arent the boss of the training session. We are only in attendance~
post #12 of 12
Sound-related conditioning -- the rattle of a treat bag, for instance. I've never used clickers but cats do respond to a repeated sound or words. Back when I had only one cat, she was always on me when I sat down. When I needed to get up, I started out by placing her down at the same time I said, "I have to go to the bathroom." It wasn't long before all I had to do was say that and she would get down. Then I would make a big deal out of coming back and inviting her to my lap. So the getting down was overall a happy thing for her. They are smart creatures.
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