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3 Easy Steps to Train Your Cat to Sit

Cane Bay Summerville Cat Sitting Did you know that cats are trainable? As a dog owner, I certainly did not. My friends who own cats never seem to tell Princess to “play dead,” “sit” or “roll over” quite as often as I do with my two pooches.

If you own a cat and are interested in training him or her, I have good news. It is possible, and not only that, but it is relatively easy. Learn how to train your cat to sit with these three easy steps, and your cat will be sitting on command in no time.

Use Treats

First you must identify what treat your cat loves. Is it pre-packaged cat treats? Chicken? Tuna? Once you find that special delicacy, commit to using it throughout the training process. Treats are essential, because they provide motivation and are also used as a tool to help your cat sit.

Once you have your cat’s attention and he is aware of the food in your hand, place the treat near his nose so he can sniff it. Once your cat knows you have his favorite food, he will do anything for it.

Slowly move the treat in an arc motion upwards, so that you are holding the treat above his head and between his ears. Your cat, because he wants the treat, will follow your hand motion with his eyes and face. This will automatically cause his backside to get closer to the ground.

As his bottom hits the ground, reward him with praise and the special treat. This starts positively reinforcing the cat’s behavior of sitting.

Be Vocal

As your cat’s bottom touches the ground in eager expectation of the treat, make sure to say, “sit.” You want to say the command loudly and clearly enough while still using a friendly and pleasant tone of voice. Using an aggressive tone will only stress out the cat and make things harder for both of you.

You can even gesture your hands in a downward motion as you say, “sit” to help reinforce what you are saying.

Every time your cat sits while waiting to receive his treat, make sure to command, “sit.” Eventually, even when you don’t have a treat in your hand, your cat will recognize the word and hand motion, and he will sit for you.

Practice Makes “Paw-fect”

Like any trick, teaching your cat how to sit will take time and practice. It’s important to practice with your cat for a limited amount of time each day. You don’t want to wear him out.

Perhaps practice once or twice, or about thirty minutes, per day. This continually keeps the new behavior fresh in his mind, but it also gives him a chance to relax and avoid stress.

Before you know it, your cat will be a lean, mean, sitting machine. Follow these three easy steps and your fabulous feline will be trained in no time.

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