Training

Can a cat be trained ?

Yes, cats can be trained. They can, for example, be taught to come when called, 'sit', or do tricks such as 'give a paw' and many cats will enjoy training sessions. Cats are, however, generally not as easy to train as dogs. One reason for this is that dogs are more likely to find their toys, their owner's attention and food treats 'rewarding' and will learn to do asks in order to be given these things.

When training cats, it is important to find something that they really like, such as a prawn or piece of chicken, to reward them, so that they can learn new behaviours. Cats also tend to concentrate on training for a shorter period of time than dogs. Training sessions with cats, therefore, need to be kept short and sweet!

Cats, just like dogs, can be trained very successfully using 'clicker training'.

Cats are generally very easily house-trained. In most cases, kittens learn to toilet in the appropriate place when they are very young, when they are taken to the litter tray by their mother.