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How to Train a Cat

Training your cat may seem daunting, but it can be a rewarding experience for both you and your feline friend. In this blog post, we will discuss the best ways to train your cat. We'll cover everything from toilet training to teaching your cat tricks. 
So, whether you're a first-time cat owner or you've been caring for cats for years, read on for some helpful tips on how to train your kitty.

Can you train a cat?

Yes, you can train a cat! Cats can understand and respond to positive reinforcement just as well as dogs can. All it takes is patience, consistency, and time. Just like with any animal, cats can learn new behaviours through repetition and reward.

When training your kitty, it’s important to set achievable goals that can be accomplished in short amounts of time. By breaking down longer activities into smaller tasks, your cat can learn faster and more successfully.
Reward-based training is also key when teaching your cat new things, as well as positive reinforcement. These two rewards work best in establishing trust and understanding between the two of you!

How to train a cat to shake hands

Training your cat to shake hands can be a fun way to bond with your furry friend. This trick can also be used as a cool little icebreaker when introducing your cat to new people. Before you begin, make sure that your cat is comfortable being handled, and that they aren't overly skittish.
The first step in training a cat to shake hands is getting them used to the idea of being touched on their paw.
To do this, start by gently petting the area around each paw for a few seconds at a time until your cat gets comfortable with the sensation. If they seem relaxed and content, try lightly scratching the top of their paw with one finger as you say “shake”. When they respond by lifting their paw, give them lots of praise and offer a treat as a reward.
Once your cat can consistently lift their paw when you say “shake”, it's time to teach them how to put their paw into yours when you reach out for a handshake. Begin by leaving one hand near your cat while they are lying down or sitting on the ground and wait for them to lift their paw towards it on their own. 
When they do so, firmly say “good shake” and give them another treat as encouragement. You can gradually increase the distance between your hand and theirs until they eventually reach out from across the room and put their paw in yours for a successful handshake!
Teaching your cat how to shake hands may take time and patience, but it can be an enjoyable experience for you and your feline companion once mastered.
Aside from providing plenty of positive reinforcement along the way, make sure that both parties have plenty of breaks throughout the training process. After all, cats can get bored easily too! 

How to teach your cat to speak

Encouraging your furry friend to become a bit more chatty isn’t as hard as you may think. It just requires practice and persistence. Simply, encourage your cat’s verbal responses by talking directly to your little friend. Maintain direct eye contact with your cat and repeat short phrases and sentences while maintaining eye contact with them.
Use your cat's favourite scratch, or food treat as a reward once you notice that you’ve got cat's attention. Encourage your cat to respond with short and simple verbal responses,  when your cat does eventually respond, praise them with a positive verbal and physical reward. 
Simple things like saying “good job”, and rewarding your cat with a tasty treat goes a long way. This will create a link between the two and your cat will soon begin to associate the rewards with talking. Soon you won’t be able to keep your furry friend quiet.

How to toilet train your cat

Toilet training for any pet is an important necessity to maintaining a good relationship with your pet. It gives your peace of mind and it can give your cat more freedom to roam around the house as well as keep odours in check. It can also help reduce the amount of litter that needs to be changed regularly.
The process can take anywhere from several weeks to a few months, depending on how quickly your cat can adapt to their new toilet routine. Charles Mingus claims to have trained his cat in just three to four weeks!
But the best way for most people to ensure successful toilet training is to start slowly and remain patient with your cat as they learn the ropes.
First, you'll need to purchase a special litter box that fits directly over the toilet. This can be found at most pet supply stores or online retailers. Then, place the litter box in its designated spot in the bathroom near the toilet and fill it with the litter of your choice. 
Be sure that it's deep enough for your cat's height so they can easily get in and out without difficulty. When it comes time for them to use the bathroom, encourage them by repeating bathroom related phrases every time they enter their new litter box.
Praise them when they do their business successfully and reward them with treats or affection when they’re done. 
As you move past this initial stage, start introducing small amounts of water into their regular litter-box routine, start off by adding just 1 inch of water at a time until you reach 3 inches, to facilitate an easier transition onto using an actual toilet instead of just a litter box.
Also, make sure that you are moving the kitty's lid away from the bowl each day so that they become familiar with taking aim into the water rather than just dry sand or gravel.
Finally, once your cat becomes familiar with their new routine and can easily go to the toilet on command, begin transitioning them from the litter box onto a real toilet seat!  
Place a small step stool next to the toilet and teach your pet how to jump up onto it before stepping down into their new ‘potty’ spot suspended over water instead of sand or gravel. 
As always, reward good behaviour with treats or affection,  this will help reinforce positive habits. With patience and consistency, soon enough you should have a fully-trained kitty who knows exactly where (and how!) to relieve themselves properly.

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