Can You Train a Cat?

"Yes, you can train cats!" says Darlene Arden in the May/June edition of Rescue Proud magazine. Using interactive toys you can train your cat. Clicker training is a sue of operant conditioning to reward behavior. A clicker is a hand-held device that makes a clicking noise when pressed. It tells your cat she has done something right. The key is to associate the click with the reward.

Find out what motivates your cat: food, play, affection. In this example, food is used to demonstrate. Cut up tiny pieces of chicken or other soft food. Load the clicker, click and give kitty a treat. Repeat five or six times in quick succession. Keep sessions about four minutes-two or three times a day.

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