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Teach Your Cat to Shake A Paw

Okay… It’s time for cat owners to take a tip from our canine counterparts. Despite what dog fanciers may think, cats can learn tricks just as easily (well, almost) as the average Fido.

You may think that no self-respecting cat would want to perform tricks for its owner — but you would be wrong.

Most cats are not only capable of learning simple commands, they enjoy the interaction with their “person” and look forward to being a “star” performer.

Training your cat is relatively easy. It just takes a little patience, a little treat, and a little kitty with a cooperative nature.

So… Let’s teach your cat to give shake a paw!

  • Do training before a meal — so that your cat is a wee bit hungry. It will focus his attention on you and the task at hand.
  • Place the cat in a secure and distraction-free location. This can be on a grooming table, a favorite chair, or even the floor if that’s where you are sitting too. Other cats should not be present.
  • Have in your pocket several bits of your cat’s favorite treat. It may be pieces of meat, a tube of Nutrical, a spoon and jar of chicken baby food, a Pounce treat, or some cats just love their kibbles.
  • Ask the cat “Sit”.
  • If the cat does not respond (and why would he?), push gently down on his rump. Most cats will sit once they are placed in that position.
  • Now give him the command. “Shake a paw!”.
  • At the same time as you give the command, offer your hand, palm up and within reach of his front paw.
  • If he does not respond, take his paw into your hand, hold it momentarily and immediately give him a treat.
  • Repeat 4-5 times or until the cat starts to respond on his own.
  • The average cat will quickly understand that it is worthwhile to give you its paw when you ask!
  • Make every training session fun.
  • Always end on a positive note.
  • When first starting to teach this trick, do not ask the cat for its paw unless you have a treat handy.
  • Once your cat has mastered the command, gradually stop giving him a treat every time he does it. Rewarding him with food should become random, while reinforcing the behavior with praise and a pat.

Before you know it, your cat will be shaking hands with you just to make you smile.

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