Picture your cat jumping through a hoop on command! This task may be a tricky one for your furry friend to master, but when they do, they’ll be the talk of the neighborhood. You may have to purchase a hoop to leave lying around the house for a few days to let your kitty get used to seeing it. Cats, being as curious as they are, will soon be nudging the hoop to see what it’s all about!
Remember that not all cats will be suited for this task. Sure, you can teach an old cat new tricks, but if they have arthritis or stiff joints, they’ll be giving this training session a pass. The same goes for very young kittens. Their tiny bones may be too fragile just yet. Let an athletic young cat be the one to try this trick out.
Plan on spending one to two minutes at the most as you work on this trick. It’s a difficult one, so don’t expect your cat to try it over and over without getting a tad frustrated. Keep the session short, build on it one step at a time, and end on a positive note. This may take a while, and patience is part of the package. Gather a hoop, lure toy, and treats to begin!