Teaching your cat to play dead won’t be the easiest trick you’ll ever work on, but it may be the funniest. Just as when training a dog the same trick, using a verbal cue and a hand signal together seems to get the job done.
Not all pet parents will want to use the hand signal that looks like the shape of a gun. Instead, you can use your palm to make a flipping motion, which your cat will eventually learn means flip onto the back, or “play dead”.
Having a cat that performs tricks just like a dog does will be entertaining and quite a feat. Cats can learn, you just have to remember that they may not cooperate if you make the training sessions too long. When training your cat to flip over or “play dead”, you will be giving them much-loved attention and needed stimulation.
Sure, cats love to sleep in the sun all day, but when they are awake, they like to be entertained and use their intuitive minds. Give their brain a workout by teaching them tricks for up to 5 minutes a day.