The best time to starting teaching your cat this trick is at mealtime when your cat is already hungry. Start by saying your cat’s name followed by the command, ‘come’. Then tap on the food bowl to get their attention.
When they come, praise them and then feed them as a treat for following your command. Eventually, your cat will associate the food with the command, ‘Come’, and then you will be well on your way to owning a trained cat.
Benefits of training
Training your cat exercises their mind. Not only will you have a more intelligent companion, but also one who is calm at other times.
Training their cat can bring immense joy to owners. Imagine hiding food under a tea towel or lightweight, plastic cups and letting your cat finding her treats. If your cat enjoys this game, you may benefit from getting a treat dispensing toy, which is available in our PETLIFE Playsystem range.
Training your cat can keep them out of danger. If you need them to come to you if they escape out on to a road, for instance, having a recall command can ensure your cat stays safe.
It's most important to use reward training, often called ‘positive reinforcement’ and remember that every once in awhile, your cat will stubbornly resist the opportunity to learn a new trick. Please do not force them as you don’t want to cause them any stress or fear.
TIP: Keep your training sessions short, have fun and make sure you finish on a positive note!
About Dr Joanne Righetti
Dr Joanne Righetti is an animal behaviourist, educating the public and professionals in all aspects of the human–animal relationship. Her background is in zoology, with a PhD in animal behaviour and a counselling diploma – qualifications which enable her to work with all sorts of animals – including the human variety! Joanne likes to help pet owners understand their pet's behaviour and solve any pet behaviour problems. She also consults to a variety of organisations including non-profit organisations, commercial companies and councils and is involved in a variety of media including regular spots on radio. Joanne is an honorary associate of the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, University of Sydney. Find out more about Joanne at www.petproblemsolved.com.au