How Do You Train A Cat?

How Do You Train A Cat?

Does Cat Training Really Work?

Believe it or not, your feline friend can be trained just like their canine counterpart and, yes, it can be just as easy! From fun new tricks like high-five and spin to life skills like leash training and using a scratching post, cat behavior problems are addressed by teaching your cat what you want them to do.

How do you get the desired behavior you want from your cat? You can teach your cat through the same training process as we use for lots of animals: clicker training. This article will cover training tips for getting started with your cat, whether you plan on training cat tricks or are looking to solve an issue with your cat. Soon you'll find your cat meowing for more!

What is Clicker Training?

Clicker training is a science based training method that we use with animals to teach them a new skill. The clicker is like "speaking the same language", making teaching quicker and less frustrating for both the person AND the pet!

A clicker is a small tool that makes a clicking sound. We teach the cat that one click equals one treat, then we can use the clicker to take a snapshot of the behavior we want to reward.

The key to successful clicker training is to click at the precise moment that the behavior happens. This positive reinforcement encourages your cat to repeat the behavior. Remember: behavior that gets rewarded gets repeated!


How Do I Get Started With Cat Training?

To teach the association between the click and treat, start with this short training game:

Toss a treat away from you so your cat goes to chase it. Your cat will likely come back to you, as you're the source of the treat, so as soon as they return to you, click, and toss another tasty treat. Soon your cat will make the association that coming to you earns a reward and that one click equals one treat. This game is helpful for cats new to training who may have short attention spans, and it's a lot of fun too!

Helpful hints: keep training sessions short, no more than 5 - 10 minutes, and make sure training sessions are fun and easy. This will help your cat learn to love this new game. Train when your cat is hungry, around mealtimes is best, and, whether you're using treats, kibble, or wet food, keep food rewards small in size to maximize the number of times you can reward your cat.

Will Clicker Training Work For My Cat?

I get lots of questions wondering if clicker training will work for someone's cat due to their age or behavior issue. After working with thousands of cats, I can confidently say that cat training is for all cats, and clicker training, in particular, works the best. Here are a few examples of what clicker training can help with:

  • Clicker training is perfect for cats that are shy & fearful because it helps build their confidence in interacting with you
  • Bored cats can benefit from the activity & enrichment that training provides
  • For cats that show aggression like biting, clicker training can help because it redirects them to appropriate behaviors
  • Older cats can learn new tricks: I've had cats over 12 years old join Cat School to enrich their lives
  • Young kittens can benefit from clicker training as it's a natural fit for teaching practical behaviors that are crucial for their future life, like going into a carrier or learning to relax on a mat instead of jumping on counters. Start training your new kitten immediately so they practice desired behaviors right from the start!

Need More Help Training Your Cat?

Are you excited to start enriching your cat's life with clicker training but not sure where to go from here? Are you looking for the best clicker/cat training tools? Check out Cat School's training program: it offers clicker training tools and a structured online course for you to follow that includes one-on-one support. I teach you how to train your cat in easy and effective ways. Read more about Cat School or sign up below; I can't wait to see all the things your cat learns!

Join the Cat School Community

Ready to have more fun with your cat? Our training kit is full of fun and practical behaviours you can teach your cat. Get the training tools shipped to your door and immediately enter the online classroom and start working with your cat. In the interactive class, you can ask questions and even get feedback on your training. Join our community of cat lovers and become a #catschoolstudent


For a monthly fee, you'll gain access to courses, community & support. Courses cover a variety of topics:

An introduction to training covering how cats learn, developing food motivation in your cat and how clicker training worksFoundation skills that every cat needs to knowTraining with multiple catsTricksHarness trainingLeash walkingTrimming nailsSolving various problem behaviours

Community-wise, you can post updates, support other community members, and receive feedback on your training from Julie the Cat Teacher, an accredited animal trainer who provides one-on-one support as you work through your courses. Cat School is here to see you & your cat succeed! 

You will be billed once a month on the date that you initially signed up.

Every customer who places a subscription order can view and edit their subscription at their customer portal. This is accessed through a link contained in every subscription email. 

Before being billed, you'll receive an email alerting you to the upcoming charge, as well as an email after you've been billed to confirm.

You can cancel your subscription at any time by clicking on the link contained in your billing email and cancelling through your customer portal.

Once you purchase the membership, you'll receive an email with instructions on creating your account (a one-time process). Once your account is created, you can log in at

No, access to all the courses is included in the monthly subscription fee. This allows Cat School students to maximize what they can train at once. 

Yes, one of the perks of our platform is that it allows for easy updates, including the option to be notified when new content is added. 

You bet! Cat School runs through Mighty Networks, which delivers the content through both iOS and Android. 

The course is set up with a focus on community, so you can post your questions in the course and get a prompt response from the Cat Teacher. We prefer questions to remain in the course so all students can benefit - if you have a question, it's likely someone else does too! 

Absolutely, check out this video to see an example of what the membership looks like. Cat School Membership

Curious as a cat? Our online membership has no contract, so If you decide it's not for you - no problem! Just cancel your subscription before the 30 days are up. After 30 days, your credit card will automatically be charged the monthly subscription of $25 USD.

Meet Your Teachers

I'm Julie, the cat teacher, and this is my assistant, Jones. Our goal is to create cat training tutorials that are fun and easy for EVERY cat to learn. Thousands of students have learned from our clicker training lessons and proven that not only are cats trainable but that they love the enrichment and activity that training provides. We can't wait to see you show off all the skills and tricks your cat learns at Cat School.

Julie Posluns, Applied Animal Behaviourist (ACAAB)

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