Does Your Cat Come to You When Called?
6 April, 2017
Our cats are funny, interesting creatures with minds of their own. They can be silly, playful, stand-offish and amazing. And, sometimes the easiest of tasks, our cats choose to ignore. For example, does your cat come to you when you call his or her name? Some run to the door when you arrive home and call them, while some cats just yawn and go back to sleep.
With time and a little effort, you can train your cat to come to you when called. Below are some ways to make this happen!
Cats react the most to sounds and treats
When you are training your cat to do anything, always have some healthy, morsel-sized treats ready. We want your cat to learn how to come to you, but not gain weight in the process!
Cats react to sounds and higher pitched voices. When you call your cat’s name, make sure you use a higher tone of voice. Cats are more attracted to a happy higher tone. If you do the opposite, they think they are being punished.
Cats tend to respond to shorter names when called
Cats generally respond better to a shorter name, so if your cat is named Picasso, you might want to use “Picky” or “Pick’ when calling him. And if you do change the name to “Pick” this will become your cat’s training name. (Sometimes I think my kitty’s name is “come here”!)
If your cat doesn’t react to a name, try out some different sounds
Some cats react better to sounds than names. You could use a bell, whistle, or clap your hands to start the training. Whatever you decide to use, only use it for this training exercise.
When training your cat, always start slowly and be patient: repetition is key
Start out a few feet away from your kitty. Call your cat’s name or clap your hands and place the treat (or favorite toy) on the floor a couple feet in front of you. The smell of the treat or the sight of the toy should attract your cat to it. If your kitty responds by approaching, give her plenty of praise and, when your cat has eaten the treat or played with the toy, pet her and in a higher pitched voice, say good job.
If your kitty doesn’t respond, try it again. Remember only to put a little healthy treat out so your cat doesn’t get fat in the process. Try it a few times and then it’s time to give your kitty a break.
Increase the distance and keep practicing each day
Next increase the distance you are away from your cat when calling him or her. Soon your cat will come to you from another part of the house. If your cat has easily graduated to this phase, try calling your cat and use only praise. Most cats will be happy enough to get a nice rub down or some affection.
If your cat is now running to you when you call his or her name, you succeeded! And, you can use this similar type of training technique to get your cat to do other things… like opening a door or rolling over. You never know what your cat is capable of doing until you try!
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