Since creating the fist bump tutorial, hundreds of cats have learned to fist bump using my method. I promise your cat can learn too!
You need a small, light container. A heavy container may frighten your cat if it flips over and if the container is too big your cat may use their face instead of their paw to get the treat. The container I use is one of the Mula stacking cups from Ikea.
You need some small high-value treats. If you feed your cat a dry food diet, consider switching your cat to a moisture-rich food, and use the dry food for training.
When your cat is attentive, place the treat in the container. As soon as your cat uses their paw to get the treat out. Click and feed your cat the reward.
Repeat Step 1 while holding the cup in your hand.
Cover the cup with your hand. Click, then reward when your cat’s paw targets your hand instead of the cup. Repeat without the food in the cup.
Remove the cup and turn your hand into a fist. Click, then reward when your cat’s paw targets your hand.
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