Trainable Cats


  • Author Tammy Thomas
  • Published June 26, 2017
  • Word count 522

There are a lot of people that don’t believe cats can be trained but there are loads of videos that prove otherwise. A YouTube search will show you cats jumping through flaming hoops, sitting on command or even running an agility course. Many cats can be taught to walk on a leash or use a toilet rather than a litter box but this doesn’t mean all cats will learn these skills. Here is a list of five cat breeds that are known for their trainability.

Abyssinian: The Aby has an acrobatic build and daring nature. They are highly intelligent and excel at learning tricks. Their highly social personality makes them born entertainers and great family pets. Watch them greet everyone as you walk them on a lease. Their daring nature has earned them the nickname "Aby-silly-an".

American Shorthair: These cats have extraordinary people watching skills that help make them quick learners. With an agile, adaptable and patient intelligence, the shorthair will response to requests such as come, sit and down. They can be taught to walk on a lease and use a scratching post. All this combined with a tolerant and easygoing nature makes the shorthair a great family pet.

Bengal: This is a highly intelligent cat that’s both active and curious. It should be no surprise if they turn on the faucet just to play in the water or decide to catch one of your favorite fish from the aquarium. While these traits can make them a trainer’s dream, a regular cat owner may be less than ready to handle their curious nature. Offering puzzle toys and other activities will help challenge their brain and keep them from seeking out other objects they want to take apart. Bengals enjoy taking walks and learn to play fetch easily.

Savannah: These smart cats have a good sense of humor, especially if it’s at your expense. They have been known to push items off of shelves so they land on your head, filling the sink with water to play and even turning on the alarm clock to make you get up. The Savannah needs to be kept busy. Interactive games, steps and bridges through-out the house and teaching them to walk on a leash with exercise their brain and body as well as challenge their athletic skills.

Siamese: The Siamese are endlessly curious and can be very demanding. They love to be included in everything you do but can be found entertaining themselves by digging through the cabinets, watching television and turning the faucet on just to see it run. This cat truly enjoys a good walk and playing fetch. Their most significant accomplishment is teaching you to do what they want.

Don’t be concerned if your cat isn’t an Einstein. When it comes to training, cats are generally very intelligent. They learn through a process of imitation, experimentation and problem solving. Trainability varies by breed and even within a breed. Some breeds are more willing to learn than others. Focus on your cats strengths to teach them tricks that entertain as well as engage their mind.

Patience and repetition has always worked best for me while training my cats. Not all of them learn everything I want but I feel a sense of pride when they show off their acquired talents. We enjoy many hours playing and interacting with them.

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