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How to train your cat to...do anything.

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Please answer any or all of the questions below:

What have you trained your cat to do?

How exactly did you do it, step by step?

What would you like to learn how to train your cat to do?
post #2 of 15
What have you trained your cat to do? They come when I call them.

How exactly did you do it, step by step? Food rewards.

What would you like to learn how to train your cat to do? To fetch.
post #3 of 15
I trained him to come when I call him and bring me mice

I did it by making a kiss noise he likes and always runs to

To stop climbing walls Seriously I have no idea
post #4 of 15
my cat and I worked hard to establish a relationship where she can do anything I want her to do by anticipating what I am going to ask her to do before I even say it. something like this:

*cat walks across the room*
"Adelaide, walk across the room"
*sits, scratches ear*
"Sit, scratch your ear"

"Thats it, walk toward your food bowl"
"Attack my shoe lace!"

see how she minds me??


(so, yeah, I haven't trained her to do anything, but my training is coming along nicely )
post #5 of 15
lol well i havent trained Fin but I think he's trying to train me! He has been obsessed with twist ties lately and he's started to bring them to me when he wants me to throw it. He'll chase it run around with it in his mouth and then bring it back to me to throw again. haha I swear he thinks he's a dog.
post #6 of 15
Awww. That is adorable Stacy. Meish likes twist ties too but I'm afraid she'll eat them... she enjoys eating bad things like that... Doesn't help I feed her pasta!! How adorable that he fetches.
post #7 of 15
I was trained by my 16 yr old .... with the baby I use dog training and it is working...
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by RoyalEnchntrss
lol well i havent trained Fin but I think he's trying to train me! He has been obsessed with twist ties lately and he's started to bring them to me when he wants me to throw it. He'll chase it run around with it in his mouth and then bring it back to me to throw again. haha I swear he thinks he's a dog.
The game you just described is called "toss." It differs from "fetch" in that with "toss" it is us who have been trained to toss the item for the cat, whereas in "fetch" we have trained the dog to fetch an item for us.
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by Ali012281
Awww. That is adorable Stacy. Meish likes twist ties too but I'm afraid she'll eat them... she enjoys eating bad things like that... Doesn't help I feed her pasta!! How adorable that he fetches.
lol yea its so cute because it just started out of no where! I dont have a problem with him eating them though so I'm glad I dont have to take them away since he likes them over any toy we buy him! Shadow thinks he's crazy. Fin will just roll around and toss them and shadow looks at him like . Fins not a big jumper though and we thought maybe he had some kind of jumping problem since he climbs everything, well apparently today while we were at church Shadow taught him how to jump up onto the counter! We were making lunch and all of a sudden he's up on the counter and into the garden window trying to catch a fly! I yelled to mom HE CAN JUMP!!!! lol I felt bad though since i had to get him down and tell him NO counter! lol
post #10 of 15
I've trained my cats to keep me from being late to work. Even after I feed them they wont let me sleep past 9:30 on a weekday. (Yes, I get up and feed them and then attempt to go back to sleep.... Job hate leads to love of sleep.) Okay, so I had nothing to do with it. But it's pretty cute.
post #11 of 15
By just a look for hand gesture ox, bobber and grizzly will jump on bed, sofa or conversley off the table, counter. Okay sometimes I might have to raise my voice. Sheba was awesome I could give her "the stare" and she would jump off the counter. But she had me trained to give her drinks of water out of any bathroom. She knew when I was going upstairs and race up and sit by the sink waiting!!
Bakker has shown real intelligence in many regards. I just showed him once or twice how to jump on bathroom counter. He jumps on tub deck 1st and then the counter.
I had to turn the water on and leave it drip-he did figure out after a couple of days that he was to drink out of the faucet. He has also learned to knock anything in the sink-like nail brush at 4:30 am and then bat it around for a while. I don't need an alarm clock. Last nite I called his name and crooked my finger and he followed me upstairs for a drink. No big rewards just lots of petting & baby talk!!
post #12 of 15
We taught Sam to shake his paw. We just did it over and over again and would reward him with treats, petting and praise. We did the same with Ginger. Ginger loves to play fetch with her mice and then drown them in her water bowl (not sure what that means). Bam-bam catches with his front feet the safety seal off of gallon milk jugs. You flip it in the air and he will catch it!
post #13 of 15
What have you trained your cat to do? I taught CJ and Billy to come, but it's only when canned food is opened!

How exactly did you do it, step by step? Pray, pray, and give food.

What would you like to learn how to train your cat to do? Not attack me when I walk by!
post #14 of 15
my kitty taught me to throw his bear so he can catch it and walk off with it gnawing at it..
post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 
I taught Buddy how to shake hands. It is still a work in progress. He is at the stage where he is reaching out and touching me and starting to leave his paw longer and longer or touch me more then just once until he gets his treat.

I got a dog clicker from PetCo and have been rewarding him with a click and a bit of a treat each time he does the action I want and also just when feeding him treats for being good. As he ate the treat I would give a click so he would associate food with click. I started off trying to teach him to extend his paw to touch my hand when I say "Paw" and extend my hand palm up then curl my fingertips and uncurl them. I am not sure how I first got him to do it that very first time except maybe I was poking at his hand till he poked back or had a treat he wanted to touch.. but once he figured out: my hand curl = paw touching my hand = click & treat he is becoming better and better.

Now I am working on getting him to jump up next to me and sit on my chair arm. He did it himself and I thought "this seems good" and gave him a treat for it. Now when he comes back he usually gets a bit of treat and then I follow up with the "paw/shake hands" training. So my goal now is to get him to do it on command so I can then work on his other training. To do this I have started letting him see/smell a bit of treat and show him its above where I want him to be while also patting the area and saying "Up" and "Come Up". He got it once after some coaxing but this was the first day I tried to get him to jump up when I wanted him to so I thought that was pretty good.

The other thing I am trying to teach him to do once in awhile is jump from my chair over to the other chair in the room. He seems to be picking that up too so maybe soon I will have him going through some hoops and have a circus cat!

Training your cat's is very easy as long as they enjoy food or treats as much as Buddy does when hes not full. I bet if I did not "free feed" this would be even easier but I hate the thought of him being hungry all the time.
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