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3 Ways to Train Your Cat

You’re likely to get a good chuckle from most people if you mention the words “train” and “cat” in the same sentence. With the following three tips, you’ll have the last laugh and a trained cat. Win-win! 

1. Train Your Cat to Fetch
Contrary to popular belief, cats do play fetch. These pointers will help your cat become a feline fetcher in no time!

  • Make sure you choose a toy you can throw all the way across the room and that is easy for your cat to carry in their mouth.
  • Throw the toy and watch as your cat leaps to chase it. You’ll be surprised to find that, more often than not, your cat will bring it back to you to throw again. 
  • Reinforce this behavior with petting or delicious cat treats like SHEBA® Meaty Tender Sticks 
  • If your cat doesn’t bring the toy back, that’s more exercise for you! Keep trying and reinforcing the fetching behavior with cat treats.

2. Train Your Cat to Walk on a Leash
Have you ever met a cat that doesn’t like the outdoors? Unfortunately, it’s not the safest place for a cat these days, especially on their own. But, if you can teach your cat to walk on a leash, you both can enjoy the great outdoors safely. If you can, start early. Kittens are much more willing participants. Make sure to purchase a harness for the leash, not a collar. Collars can strangle, detach or come loose. And, make sure you put the harness on your cat while still inside. In fact, practice wearing, walking, and exploring with the harness and leash all inside before venturing outside. This way you can spot any issues and deal with them in the safety of your home. Plus, your cat won’t have as many new distractions as they would outside. Once outside, take short walks, even if it’s just down the driveway. Gradually increase your distance as your cat becomes more comfortable. Try to stay away from busy streets, dogs, and loud areas that may frighten your cat. Cat food and cat treats like SHEBA® Meaty Tender Sticks or SHEBA® PERFECT PORTIONS™ wet cat food are great for rewarding your cat for participating in each step of the process.

3. Train Your Cat to Use the Toilet
Do we have you intrigued? Some people say teaching their cat to use the toilet is easier than potty-training a toddler. And like training toddlers, you’ll have the most success using a step-by-step process that gradually introduces your cat to the toilet. Plus, who doesn’t want to say goodbye to scooping litter daily?

It’s recommended that you don’t start toilet-training your cat until they are three months old and to make sure it’s a good fit for your cat. Cats that are fearful, already have difficulty using the litterbox or are senior may not be the best fit.

There are many products on the market that act as a “training seat” for your cat. Some involve a series of trays that you gradually remove as your cat progresses in the training. And, you can even get toilet-safe litter to use with the trays. Do your research to find the best system for you and your cat.

To incentivize their progress, give your kitty SHEBA® Meaty Tender Sticks cat treats or SHEBA® PERFECT PORTIONS wet cat food as a reward for a job well done. Now, if we could only get them to flush…