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  1. Jan K

    I’ve never really tried to formally train any of my cats with a clicker or anything. We did train our cats Katie and Samantha to respond to a spspspsps noise, so they would come when called. We just made the noise before every meal or treat, and they eventually learned it. We don’t use it much any more but Sam does still respond to it.
    I don’t remember exactly why we did it though? I think maybe because they were sometimes escaping outside and that was our way to get them back in.

    • Maggie

      That’s smart! I think if Newt got out, she *might* come running for the jingle of her treat jar. 🙂

  2. Hindy Pearson

    Love your post, and no I’ve never intentionally trained any of my cats. I think that whatever they learned happened as a result of routine and repetition. They basically taught themselves to run into the kitchen whenever they smelled chicken, or heard a cheese wrapper, or a package rattle or… Boy they were brilliant!!

    • Maggie

      Hah! Yes, they learn quickly when it involves something yummy! 🙂 Newt even runs to the kitchen when we give Emmett his medicine every afternoon because she knows the sound of his pill package opening means everyone gets a bite of cheese!

  3. Shannon Adams

    First of all, the name Newt is awesome. 😀 And way to go, Newt! Cool fist bump! I currently have one cat, and I must confess she knows no tricks. Shame on me! I need to get to work!

    • Maggie

      Aw, thanks, Shannon! She’s named after the little girl from the Aliens movie. Let me know if you decide to do some trick training with your cat. Would love to hear other experiences! 🙂

    • Maggie

      It’s definitely a different sort of challenge from working with the dogs! Fun, for sure, but also frustrating at times! Wait… that’s JUST like working with the dogs! 😉 She’s just far less treat motivated, so it’s all about catching her when she’s in the right mood!

  4. Pawesome Cats

    Training cats isn’t easy but it’s very rewarding. A double-dose of patience and a ‘won’t give up’ attitude is also required, sometimes for us it’s been a battle of wills.

    • Maggie

      Absolutely!! In truth, it’s less a “battle of wills” around here and more like “Newt’s will.” 😀 When she doesn’t want to work, no treat in the world will do it. She just walks away! It’s waiting for the perfect scenario and capturing it. She is SO smart that it’s totally worth what you called that double-dose of patience!

  5. Talent Hounds

    I tried to train my rescue cat Nala a little after I saw my friend’s cat Kaiser in a trick-off against Nana the Border Collie. She was already 14 or 15 and pretty cranky/independent but she loved little pieces of bar-b-q chicken. She would do circles and weaves and sit using Yes and rewards. Wish I had taught her fist bumps. That is so cute. She passed away 2 years ago sadly.

  6. Beth Patterson

    I’ve never tried to train my cat to do any tricks, and honestly it wasn’t until a few years ago that I even knew it was possible. I grew up with the mindset that dogs are easy to train, but we never had cats. Newt sure is adorable!

  7. Cathy Armato

    It never occurred to me to train my cat when I had cats, they were such independent souls! The process with cats is similar to dogs you just need to try a bit harder & have lots of patience it seems.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  8. Robin

    Go Newt! That is totally pawsome that she can do those tricks. Cats can learn anything, but it has to be on their terms. The more you can convince them that it is their idea, the better the results. I haven’t trained my cats for any tricks per say, but they do really well taking photos for me and they communicate with me really well. We may be trying out a few new things in the next few months (walking and car rides)!

  9. Carol Bryant

    One of my good friends in Oklahoma trained her cat to walk on a leash. He is the cutest kitty and black, just like Newt (whom I have a crush on, but I digress). Though we have no cats, I love these tips and that it is very similar to dogs.

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