Clicker training for cats: playful education

You may hardly believe it, but cats can also learn some tricks with clicker training. Not every velvet paw likes this playful way of learning, but it is definitely worth a try. Once you've got your room tiger excited about clicker training, you'll both have a lot of fun. Image: Shutterstock / ots-photo

Basics of clicker training for cats

With clicker training you either want to train your velvet paw to a certain behavior or you want to wean it off. Urgent admonitions and strict looks in cats are not enough. Your voice always sounds different and staring looks can scare a cat. The clicker's sound, on the other hand, always sounds the same, so the cat can associate it with a certain meaning.

In this case, this works as follows: Your kitty does cat tricks or maybe just comes to you on command and receives a treat as a reward. The moment you give her the treat, press the clicker. Your velvet paw learns: if you click, it did something right and will be rewarded. This training is based on Pavlov's reflexes.

Clicker training: behavioral tips for cat owners

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What you can achieve with clicker training for cats

In this simple way, you can teach your otherwise bored house tiger to jump through a hoop or from one chair to another - or even to sit. Clicker training can also help teach your cat its name or stop unwanted behavior. If your cat does not do something or does something wrong, you must not scold it. Instead, ignore them, refrain from clicking - and of course there are no treats either. Don't be more ambitious than your cat in clicker training. If Miezi doesn't want to, then she doesn't want to. You cannot and should not change anything about this, otherwise clicker training quickly loses its appeal for your cat.

You can find more information on getting started with clicker training in the guide: "Clicker training with cats: tips for getting started."