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Top Tricks to Teach Your Cat – Fun & Easy Training Guide

Welcome to our guide for teaching your cat cool tricks! Cats are clever animals and can learn quite a bit if you teach them the right way. Whether you’re a cat expert or just starting, teaching them tricks is a fun journey!

In this blog, we’ll show you how to teach your cat cool tricks step by step. We’ll start with easy ones like ‘sit’ and ‘come,’ then move on to fun ones like ‘high five’ and ‘spin.’ So, let’s get started!

Why Teach Your Cat Tricks?

Teaching your cat tricks isn’t just about showing off their skills or impressing your friends. It’s a way to bond with your cat and keep them mentally stimulated. Cats are curious animals, and learning new things can be fun and exciting for them. It keeps them busy and stops them from getting bored. When cats are bored, they might do things like scratch furniture or act out. But when you teach them tricks, they have something fun to focus on instead. So it’s a win-win for both of you!

Essential Tips on Teaching Cat Tricks to Ensure Success 

Teaching your cat tricks can be super fun, but it’s important to do it right! In this guide, we’ll give you some important tips to make sure your cat learns well. So, let’s begin:

  1. Short training sessions – Just like kids, cats can have short attention spans, so it’s important to keep training sessions short. Try training them for just a few minutes at a time. This way, your cat won’t get bored or frustrated, and they’ll be more likely to stay focused on the task. Short sessions also help prevent your cat from feeling overwhelmed by too much information all at once. So, keep it short, and you’ll both enjoy the training process much more!

  2. Frequent training sessions – We often say that practice makes perfect.  Well, the same goes for teaching your cat tricks! It’s important to train your cat regularly to help reinforce what they’ve learned. Instead of one long session, try to do several short training sessions throughout the day. This keeps your cat’s brain active and helps them remember what they’ve learned. Plus, frequent sessions give you more chances to praise and reward your cat for their progress, which keeps them motivated to keep learning. So, make training a regular part of your routine, and you’ll see your cat’s skills improve day by day!

  3. Only one trick at a time – Cats are pretty smart, but they can still get confused if you try to teach them too many tricks all at once. That’s why it’s best to take it slow and focus on one trick at a time. Start with something easy, like “sit” or “shake,” and practice until your cat learns it. Once they’ve learned that trick, you can move on to teaching them something new. This way you will prevent your cat from feeling stressed and make learning fun for both of you. 

  4. Train in a distraction-free area – When you’re teaching your cat tricks, it’s important to create the right environment for learning. Find a quiet, calm space in your home where you can work with your cat without any distractions. This could be a spare room, a quiet corner of your living room, or even your backyard if the weather’s nice. Minimize noise and other distractions so that your cat can focus on the task at hand. And don’t forget to turn off your phone and put away any other distractions for yourself, too! 

Getting Started with Cat Tricks

Getting started with teaching your cat tricks is an exciting journey. One popular method for training cats is clicker training. Clicker training is a way to teach animals new behaviors using positive reinforcement.

It works by using a small tool called a clicker, which makes a clicking sound when you press it. The clicker acts as a signal to let your cat know when they’ve done something right. This helps them understand exactly what behavior you want them to repeat. 

Here’s how it works:

  • Get a Clicker – Buy a clicker from a pet store or use a verbal marker like “yes!” if you are not able to buy a clicker. Verbal marker means you are using your voice to signal to your cat when they’ve done something right.
  • Associate the Clicker with Treats – Before you start training, you need to introduce your cat to the clicker by clicking it and immediately giving them a treat. Keep doing this a few times until your cat knows that the click means they did something good and that a treat is coming. Treats are an important part of clicker training because they serve as positive reinforcement. 
  • Teach the Behavior – When your cat does something you want them to do, such as sitting or shaking paws, immediately click the clicker and give them a treat. This helps them understand which action earns them a reward.
  • Repeat and Reinforce – Keep practicing the trick with your cat, clicking and giving them a treat every time they do it right. Do this over and over again. With time, your cat will start to connect the behavior with the click sound and the treat. This helps them learn the trick faster and makes training fun for both of you!

I. Basic Tricks to Teach Your Cat

We all know that cats are independent and mysterious, but they’re also really smart and can learn cool stuff!  

In the text below, we’ll talk about training your cat and teaching them three basic tricks: Sit, Come, and Stay. These tricks might seem easy, but they’re important because they help you and your cat understand each other better, and they’re the first step to teaching even cooler tricks!

1. Sit

Teaching your cat to sit is a basic but important trick that can help them learn other tricks later on.  Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Choose a quiet, distraction-free environment for training.
  2. Have your cat’s favorite treats ready. They should be small, soft, and yummy.
  3. Hold a treat close to your cat’s nose, letting them smell it.
  4. Slowly move the treat upwards and slightly backward, so your cat naturally lowers their bottom into a sitting position.
  5. As soon as your cat’s bottom touches the ground, say “sit” in a calm, clear voice.
  6. Immediately click your clicker or use your verbal marker (like “yes!”) to mark the behavior and then give your cat the treat and praise or gently pet them.
  7. Keep doing this a few times, slowly using the treat less until your cat sits just by hearing the word “sit.” That means they’ve learned the trick! 

2. Come

Another trick you can teach your cat to do is to come. Teaching your cat to come when called is a great way to make your bond stronger and keep them safe.  Here’s how you can teach your cat to come:

  1. Start by making the word “come” a happy thing for your cat. Say “come” in a cheerful voice while giving treats, pets, or playing with them. Do this often during the day, even when you’re not training. This helps your cat understand that “come” means good things are coming their way. 
  2. Hold out your hand, a treat, or a toy, and encourage your cat to come towards it.
  3. As your cat moves toward the target, say “come” in a friendly tone, and when your cat comes, give a treat and praise.
  4. Once your cat comes when called near the target, try calling them from a bit farther away. 
  5. Keep giving treats and praise for every good response. This helps them learn to come to you no matter where they are when they hear “come.” 

3. Stay

Teaching your cat to stay put is important for safety and obedience.  Here’s how to do it:

  1. Ask your cat to sit or lure them into a sitting position.
  2. Hold out your hand, palm facing your cat, and say “stay” in a calm but firm tone.
  3. Wait for a moment (start with just a second or two) before releasing and rewarding your cat.
  4. Make the stay longer each time, and try stepping back a bit. 
  5. Use your clicker or say “good job” to let your cat know they did well. Even if they only stay for a short time at first, give them a treat. 
  6. Keep practicing the “stay” command often, making it longer and trying it from farther away. 
  7. Be patient and keep the training sessions positive.

II. Fun and Entertaining Cat Tricks

Once your cat learns the basic commands, it’s time for some new tricks! These tricks are not only impressive but also super fun for both of you. Let’s learn three fun tricks: High Five, Spin, and Fist Bump. These will keep you and your furry friend entertained for hours!

1. High Five

Teaching your cat to give a high five is a fun and impressive trick. Here’s how to get started:

  • Hold a treat in your hand and show it to your cat.
  • Gently lift your hand a bit above your cat’s head, just out of their reach.
  • As your cat reaches up towards the treat with their paw, use your clicker or verbal marker (like “yes!”) to mark the behavior.
  • Immediately give your cat a treat and praise or gently pet them.
  • Repeat this, gradually adding the verbal cue “high five” as your cat becomes more comfortable with the action.
  • Reward your cat with treats and lots of praise each time they make progress, no matter how small. 

2. Spin

Teaching your cat to spin in a circle adds a fun and playful trick to their list of skills. Here’s how to teach this trick:

  • Hold a treat in front of your cat’s nose to catch their attention.
  • Slowly move the treat in a circular motion, encouraging your cat to follow it with their nose.
  • As your cat completes a full circle, use your clicker or verbal marker to mark the behavior.
  • Immediately reward your cat with the treat and offer praise.
  • Once your cat becomes familiar with the behavior, gradually add the verbal cue “spin.”.

3. Fist Bump

The fist bump is a cute and special trick that highlights your cat’s skill and coordination. Here’s how to teach it:

  • Hold out your closed fist in front of your cat, just low enough for them to reach with their paw.
  • Encourage your cat to touch their paw to your fist by offering a treat as a reward.
  • As soon as your cat makes contact with your fist, use your clicker or verbal marker to mark the behavior.
  • Reward your cat with the treat and offer praise.
  • Keep practicing this, and as your cat gets better, start adding the words “fist bump” as a cue.

III. Advanced Tricks for Your Cat

Congratulations on mastering the basics and trying out some fun tricks with your cat! Now, let’s take your cat’s training to a new level by teaching your cat some really cool stuff. These are called advanced tricks, and they’re a bit trickier, but they’re also super fun and will make you and your cat even closer.

In this part, we’ll learn how to teach your cat three advanced tricks: Jump Through a Hoop,  Roll Over, and Speak. Just follow the steps one by one, stay patient, and keep giving your cat lots of love and treats. You’ll be amazed at what your clever kitty can do!

1. Roll Over

“Roll over” is when your cat flips from one side to the other. Here’s how to teach it:

  • Start with your cat lying down on their side. Show them a treat and move it slowly towards their shoulder. This makes them want to follow the treat with their body.
  • As your cat starts to roll, say “good job” or give them a gentle pet. You want them to understand that rolling over is what you want.
  • Keep trying this every day. 
  • When your cat does the roll, give them a yummy treat and tell them how awesome they are.
  • Once your cat gets good at rolling over, you can say “roll” or “over” when you show them the treat. This helps them understand what you want even better.

2. Hoop Jumping

Hoop jumping is when your cat jumps through a circle, like a hula hoop. Here’s how to teach it:

  • Put the hoop on the ground. 
  • Show your cat a treat on the other side of the hoop. They’ll want to go through to get it.
  • As your cat goes through the hoop, praise them and give them a treat. They’ll know they did a good job.
  • Gradually lift the hoop higher off the ground.
  • Keep practicing, and your cat will learn to jump through it even when it’s higher up.
  • Make sure to keep training sessions short and fun.
  •  If your cat ever seems tired or uninterested, take a break and try again later.

3. Speak

“Speak” is when your cat makes a noise on command, like a meow or a chirp. Here’s how to teach it:

  • Show your cat a treat and wait for them to make a noise. They might meow or chirp naturally when they see the treat.
  • As soon as your cat makes a sound, say “yes!” or use a clicker to let them know they did the right thing.
  • Give your cat the treat and lots of praise
  • Keep practicing, and your cat will start to understand that making noise gets them treats.
  • Once your cat is meowing or chirping reliably, you can say “speak” or “talk” when you show them the treat. This helps them understand the command better.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can cats learn tricks like dogs do?

Absolutely! Even though cats are known for being independent, they’re actually really smart and can learn tricks just like dogs. It might take some patience and understanding, but with the right approach, your cat can learn all sorts of fun and impressive tricks. Remember, every cat is different, so what works for one might not work for another. But with plenty of love, treats, and positive reinforcement, your cat can impress you with their cleverness!

2. What if my cat isn’t responding to training?

Don’t worry! Sometimes cats need a little extra time to understand what we’re asking of them. If your cat isn’t responding to training, try breaking the trick down into smaller steps and going at their pace. Always end the training session on a positive note, even if it’s just a tiny bit of progress. And remember, not every cat will be a master at every trick, so be patient and celebrate even the smallest victories!

3. How can I keep my cat interested and motivated during training?

Keeping your cat interested and motivated during training is key to success! As we mentioned in the text above, one way to do this is by using their favorite treats as rewards. Find out what treats your cat loves the most and save them just for training sessions. You can also try using toys or playtime as rewards, depending on what motivates your cat. And don’t forget to keep training sessions short and fun, so your cat doesn’t get bored or frustrated. 


Training your cat can be a fun and rewarding experience for both you and your cat. Whether you’re teaching them basic tricks like sit and come, or more advanced ones like jumping through a hoop and rolling over, the key is to be patient and have fun together. Practicing regularly is important for any type of trick you are trying to teach your cat to do.

Remember, every cat learns differently, so celebrate any progress they make and never push your cat too hard, always be gentle and encouraging. With lots of love, treats, and praise, you’ll be amazed at what your clever kitty can achieve!

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