Is Your Cat Ready For School?

If this is your first time looking into Cat School, welcome! I'm Julie, the Cat Teacher, and my assistant teacher is a black cat named Jones.

The biggest hesitation that keeps people from signing up for Cat School is the thought that their cat can't be trained. Cats have been branded to be independent, aloof, unwilling to learn. This is just not the case, and is proven time and again with my students in Cat School.

But my cat REALLY can't learn!

I get it! If you haven't seen your cat's capacity to learn, it feels like they never will. But you CAN teach a cat new behaviours if you can figure out why they don't seem willing to learn.

A series of five tests are in the YouTube video below to get to know your cat's trainability and help you prepare your student for school. Don't worry; the marks don't go on their purrmanent record. A few of my favourite tests, taken from the video, are below:

The CUPS Game

CUPS is a problem-solving game where you want to see if your cat will use their paw to get a treat out of a cup. The point is to see if your cat can get the treat out of the cup, not just play with the cup or target it with their paw. 

The Magnet Method

This is a way to measure your cat's attention span. It's known as the Magnet Method because, by holding the food directly in front of your cat's face, the food acts like a magnet drawing your cat towards it. You can use it to teach skills like sit, spin and rollover. 

Follow The Spoon

This test can help with seeing if your cat is motivated by different foods. Can your cat can follow a spoon with wet food? A few licks of your cat's wet food can be an excellent training reward. If you've ever worried your cat would get too many snacks at school, this method will be purrfect for you.

​Watch the video below and follow instructions for a total of 5 tests and see how trainable your cat is! 

How Did Your Cat Do?

If your cat didn't seem to be into pop quizzes, it's likely because they aren't that interested in food. The good news is we can build your cat's motivation for food and find some treats they love simultaneously.

You might be surprised to learn that I use lots of different rewards – there is no purrfect treat. More challenging jobs require bigger paychecks, and the value of the food you use will depend on the situation. Plus, giving Jones different foods keeps our session dynamic and exciting.

Focus On Their Meals First

If your cat isn't willing to work for their food, the first place to start is looking at their meals. Check out my five tips to help you build your cat's food motivation so you can start a fun and rewarding training journey with your cat. The article is a preview of what I go into more in depth in Cat School. So even if your cat seems unmotivated, we can start there in Cat School!

What Is Cat School?

  • A roadmap to training your cat
  • Includes all the tools and resources your need to achieve cat training success
  • Teach your cat lots of practical skills and fun tricks
  • The ability to ask questions and post videos for feedback; the best part is the one-on-one support you'll receive

See below to sign up, Jones & I would love to meet your cat in class!


The Cat Training Program

$65.00 USD

The Cat School Training program includes all the tools and resources you need to successfully clicker train your cat. Teach your cat lots of practical skills and fun tricks to provide mental and physical activity, reduce common behaviour problems, and deepen your relationship. Get immediate access to the online course while you wait for your tools to arrive.

Clicker Training Tools
The small, quiet clicker makes it easy to introduce your cat to the distinct clicking sound. The telescoping target stick is a must-have training tool to teach lots of skills, increase your cat's activity, and reduce biting and other problem behaviours.
Training Guide
The quick-start book is an illustrated training guide with all the essentials you need to understand what clicker training is and start your training journey.
Online Course
The online course is a roadmap to successfully training your cat. With course videos and supplementary notes, you will build an extensive repertoire of tricks and skills with your cat. Created by an applied animal behaviourist and tested by thousands of cats worldwide, this program is easy and effective. The best part is you never have to worry about getting stuck, because your instructor, Julie, will answer all your questions in the online class.
About Your Teacher
Julie Posluns is an applied animal behaviourist who believes that every cat should experience the joy and benefits of clicker training, including enrichment, activity and a strong human-animal bond. In the online course, Julie will answer all your questions and provide feedback on your training sessions. Imagine having an expert clicker trainer at your fingertips. Take advantage of Julie's support, so you learn how to provide clear communication to your cat and excel at training.
About Clicker Training
Clicker training is a science-based training method. We use the clicker as a marker to let the cat know when they get a behaviour right and earn a reward. When your cat understands what behaviours they can do to earn rewards, they will repeat them. Using these fun, positive reinforcement methods, we can improve your cat's behaviour one click at a time.
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