kitten To Sit Training a cat is not necessarily the same as training a dog. While dogs were raised to help, cats were raised to keep the house insect-free. If you want to teach your feline companion to do different tricks, you will have to get close to it carefully. Studies have shown that communicating with your cat makes her brain feel happy and happy. You’ve probably heard from people that cats can’t be trained, but they can be!
Stock Up On Treats And Patience
You’re going to need lots of patience, and lots of treats to use as positive reinforcement.
This step is essential because you’ll need scented and yummy treats for your kitty. Furthermore, if you aren’t patient and you can’t devote yourself to daily training sessions, you won’t achieve the desired results.
Teach Your Cat What “Sit” Means
Your furry pet doesn’t know what “sit” means. There are a couple of methods you can use to teach her.
You might need to give your kitty’s lower back and rear a gentle push to force it to sit down. Don’t be too forceful. Otherwise, your pet won’t appreciate you being mean.
If your feline seems uncomfortable, give it a treat and try again. If it’s still not working, try a few hours later or tomorrow.
You can also use your cat’s normal reaction to food to help in training her to sit down on her own.
Give your feline a treat and then let her see and sniff another treat. Hold it gently to her nose and then start moving your fingers upwards. This will make your cat tilt her head backward to keep her focus on the treat. Keep moving the treat until your cat sits down, and then reward it.
Use the word “sit” each time you’re giving a treat and give your precious furball strokes and gentle petting. Don’t use verbal praising, as it will confuse the kitty.
Opt For A Clicker
Pet training can be easier when you’re using a clicker.
You can combine the command “sit” with a clicker device. Use the clicker only when your cat is actually sitting down. Otherwise, she won’t know why you’re making the clicking noise.
Don’t scold or punish your kitty. She won’t like you for it and will start associating the training sessions with a negative experience. If your cat manages to fulfill the task, don’t get your hopes up during the first few days – chances are your cat is sitting by accident and not because you’ve told it so.
Sit on the ground
You will want to be on the ground with your cat to show you want its attention. It may also help because being higher than your cat could appear like you’re about to pounce and show dominance. The extra focus should help when trying to persuade your cat to start the sitting movements.
Using small portions of cat food instead of treats is acceptable as long as you aren’t overfeeding your kitty. This way you will keep her interest going strong and won’t make it obese.
Keep the training sessions going daily for no longer than 10 minutes. Any longer than that and your cat will lose interest or even get irritated. Repeat the sessions each day for as long as it takes. Some cats may learn how to sit down during the first week, others may need more time.
Younger kittens learn tricks more easily than senior cats, but you can still teach your feline furball new tricks regardless of her age.
Keep up the consistency and always keep in mind that you need to practice the positive reinforcement techniques. You’ll know if the training has been successful when your cat starts responding to the command “sit” without the enticement of food and treats as rewards.