Everyone oohs and aahs when they see a cute little dog shaking hands. Cat parents out there are ready to show that their favorite felines have the skills to get it done, too! Training your cat to shake hands is the perfect task to teach when a little mental stimulation is in order. After all, a curious cat will welcome the attention, and yes, they love to perform, just like their canine counterparts do!
Teaching your cat to sit is a great way to start the ball rolling. Once your cat has that command under wraps, other training exercises will more easily fall into place. When your cat is sitting, they will be focusing on you and ready to learn. Take a look at the three methods outlined below and see which one suits your furry BFF. Make sure your cat is in the mood to train, keep sessions short, and end on a high note—with a reward, of course!
Does your cute cat have a favorite treat they cannot resist? Use that one when training. A treasured toy or two will come in handy for play, as will the opportunity for a playtime session afterward. Use happy verbal praise along with the material rewards, and keep the training positive always. If there is any negativity, your independent cat will say “never mind” to the whole thing!