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Can't teach a --CAT-- new tricks....???

post #1 of 16
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Has anyone ever heard of teaching a cat tricks?

It may sound funny and no one ever believes me when I tell them ..... UNTIL ...... I show them just what my LILO can do!!!

I started buying these treats for her when she was about 7 months old (she is now 13 months old). And it seems she will do ANYTHING for one of these treats
And it just goes to show that cats do actually understand what you are telling them ... they just need a reason to do it.........

Now for what she does..... I hold one of these treats in my hand and at first she will go to grab it with her mouth but I tell her "NO". Then I tell her "KISSY KISSY" And she turns her head to mine and gives me a kissy!!
The first time she actually kissed me I was so surprised!! But I guess she figured "hey if I dont give this crazy woman a kissy I ain't getting that yummy mouthwatering treat...........

Now I will tell you the treat so worthy of my LILO giving out her kisses to her momma........... WHISKAS brand TEMPTATIONS. They come in like 4 different flavors and yes, LILO loves every one.
post #2 of 16
Chester will sit for a treat. I'm working on laydown. Somehow I don't think he's going to get it though.
My mom is convinced he will kiss on command. I think she just has good tasting hands.

Does anyone have any idea how to get a cat to "sit pretty" or "sit up"? I tried, but he just grabs at my hand, which isn't what I want.
post #3 of 16
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Originally Posted by Sylorna
Chester will sit for a treat. I'm working on laydown. Somehow I don't think he's going to get it though.
My mom is convinced he will kiss on command. I think she just has good tasting hands.

Does anyone have any idea how to get a cat to "sit pretty" or "sit up"? I tried, but he just grabs at my hand, which isn't what I want.
LOL.... so I am not crazy?!?!?!
Nope not sure how to get them to "sit pretty" I am just happy she gives me "kissy kissies".
Lilo now that I think about it does sit too. Well she won't sit for "nothing". Like I said earlier just has to get something for it.... hehe
Our cats are just spoiled huh? But they are like kids .... thats how they are supposed to be.
post #4 of 16
That's so cute!!!
My cats are the opposite...they have me trained!!
post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by stormy
That's so cute!!!
My cats are the opposite...they have me trained!!

You and me both! I have had Scout for 4 1/2 months and he always gets what he wants from me... Funny how that happens, isnt it
post #6 of 16
i dont know what technique you are trying to use with lay down, but try, while your cat is sitting, to put in down near the ground then move it in between the front paws and even back a little more, the cat will need to crouch down to get the treat

with "sit pretty" dont hold the treat above the head closer to you. instead put it over the head and move it slowly backwards away from you so it goes over the back or tail. that way the cat will need to sit up to reach it, also keep it just barely out of paw range
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by ilovejoelyo
i dont know what technique you are trying to use with lay down, but try, while your cat is sitting, to put in down near the ground then move it in between the front paws and even back a little more, the cat will need to crouch down to get the treat

with "sit pretty" dont hold the treat above the head closer to you. instead put it over the head and move it slowly backwards away from you so it goes over the back or tail. that way the cat will need to sit up to reach it, also keep it just barely out of paw range

GREAT ADVICE!!!

Thanks!!!
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by ilovejoelyo
i dont know what technique you are trying to use with lay down, but try, while your cat is sitting, to put in down near the ground then move it in between the front paws and even back a little more, the cat will need to crouch down to get the treat

with "sit pretty" dont hold the treat above the head closer to you. instead put it over the head and move it slowly backwards away from you so it goes over the back or tail. that way the cat will need to sit up to reach it, also keep it just barely out of paw range
I had been doing something similar to your laydown idea. Putting it on the ground near his paws. He's "laying down" faster now, which I think is a step in the right direction.

I will definately try the sit pretty trick, now that it makes sense. Thanks!
post #9 of 16
My cat (Pepsi) is really clever, ive tough him a trick WITHOUT TREATS!

I go into a deep voice, and i say, "reaaaaaady", he completely sits still at this point, then once more i say "reaaaaaaady", then i can wait a few seconds, he will just sit there waiting for me, then i say "GO" and he speeds off!

I beleive cats are really intelligent
post #10 of 16
My older one trained me ,. the younger one is being dog trained because that is how she acts..
post #11 of 16
My little boogers like the Temptations as well.. tried the Luvs, and Pounce.. but they go for the Temptations more than anything else.
post #12 of 16
hehe one more thing i would like to add. when you think your cat is all trained, and you dont need the treat in hand any longer, dont be surprised if when you say "sit" the cat wont do anything, some people have trouble remembering that they are animals and dont understand english, they will remember the movement your hand made when you had the treat in it. Its like going to a dog park and hearing people shoulting at their dogs "SIT! SIT! SIT! SIT! SIIIIIIIIIIIIIT!" no matter how many times you say they still wont get it.
post #13 of 16
My old cat Winnie used to fetch toys like a dog does. I'd throw the toy, she'd chase after it, then bring it back to be thrown again. I didn't teach her this, she did it all by herself!

Sue
post #14 of 16
My 3 year old Elliot can do : Round (turning in a circle) Up (Standing up and grabbing the treat) Sit (sitting of course), fetch (did that himself) and he knows shake (Have to hold the food in one hand and hold my other han dout for is paw) :P i couldnt ever get him to do it for no treats though, ehs a fat treat hog.My ten month old Aerowyn knows Up, round, and I am teaching her to walk on her hind legs because she does it anyways. (shes really good at sitting on her hind legs with her paws dangling at her sides) O_O

for up i jsut held the treat over their heads, but if you want to tach them to "sit pretty" or to beg try holding it up high enough so they have to take their front paws off of teh ground but so they don thave to stretch out all the way and say like "Pretty" O_o or "beg" I use Sit, up, round, shake, walk for commands.


THE HARDEST TRICK OF ALL TIME TO TEACH A CAT: Come!!!! It is the hardest trick because they are so independant and stubborn :P
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by Sylorna
Chester will sit for a treat. I'm working on laydown. Somehow I don't think he's going to get it though.
My mom is convinced he will kiss on command. I think she just has good tasting hands.

Does anyone have any idea how to get a cat to "sit pretty" or "sit up"? I tried, but he just grabs at my hand, which isn't what I want.

My 12 month old cat will sit and "dance" for treats. When I taught her how to "dance",or "sit pretty", I'd show her the treat, and then I'd hold it above her head. Then to make her dance, I'd just make tiny circles with my hand. It took a little while, but she caught on fairly quickly. I found that with hand signals, it was easier for her to get it. For example, 'SIT' is when I hold the treat in my fist and bend my elbow with my hand towards the ceiling. Good luck, and have patience. You're fluff ball will get it eventually!
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by GameOver
My cat (Pepsi) is really clever, ive tough him a trick WITHOUT TREATS!

I go into a deep voice, and i say, "reaaaaaady", he completely sits still at this point, then once more i say "reaaaaaaady", then i can wait a few seconds, he will just sit there waiting for me, then i say "GO" and he speeds off!

I beleive cats are really intelligent

That's so neat! I should try that out on my kitten! She'll play fetch, and she also does a tricj sort of like yours. She has a red birdie toy, and I'll pick it up and say "I'm gonna throw it!! I'm gonna throw it!!!", and she'll run to the front door (because that's where I always throw it to), and she'll pick it up in her mouth. Then sometimes I'll say "Put it in the shoe! Put it in the Shoe!", and she'll carry it over to whatever shoes are on the mat, even sandals, and drop it right in, or on top. It's so much fun, and she doesn't even want a treat because it's her favorite toy!
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