Train your cat
When you think of cats, obedience isn’t usually one of the automatic words which spring to mind. It's not most cats' strong point - they tend to be very independent and appear to be laid back. They set the agenda for the day and the moment and we, the human race, undertake tasks such as getting their dinner ready on demand.
There are two main methods to train your cat
Attract your cat’s attention and obtain the wanted behaviour by using a tool. For instance, if you want to teach your cat to beg, you can use a training wand as a tool to attract your cat’s attention upwards, to rise on his haunches and beg.
This teaches the cat to form a conscious association between a particular behaviour and a result. A clicker creates a short, distinct noise at the exact moment the cat performs a certain action – such as at the moment the cat’s bottom touches the ground, if you’re teaching him to sit. And after the click, you feed your puss a lovely treat, so that the cat gradually associates the “click” noise with food. He knows that he will earn treats by performing a wanted action on command.
You could start by training your cat to sit
1. Smear the tip of your training wand in a little tuna oil and attract your cat’s attention with it – wave it about past his face
2. Put the want just behind the crown of his head when he’s in front of you. He’ll have to tilt his head back to watch it and so he’ll naturally have to sit down.
3. As he sits, say “Sit” and as his bottom touches the ground, click your clicker. Immediately after that, give him a tiny treat he can eat quickly. If it’s a large treat, he’ll have forgotten what it was for by the time he’s swallowed it.
4. Do this a few more times and keep repeating until he’s got the hang of it. Gradually reduce your use of the treats.