People don’t usually associate cats with tricks the way they do with dogs. When it comes to doing tricks, it is typically dogs that would come to mind. It’s not uncommon to hear cat owners say that their cat never ever does what they it to do. Cats are very independent creatures. It is difficult to coax them to do things they don’t what to do. Just ask any owner who has tried, to no avail, to ask his cat to get off from the keyboard so that he can work or to move a bit on the bed so he can have more wiggle room.
Being independent actually makes cats more attractive to other owners because this trait fits their lifestyle more. They don’t have to feel worried or pressured when they need to leave their cats at home. Some say that even though their cats are very stubborn, they love that their cats are sweet but not needy. Because of this, even considering to teach their cats trick might not even cross their minds. How are you supposed to teach your cat a trick when it does not even want to come for a hug when they are happily grooming?
It can be done.
Though cats are independent and stubborn, to say that they cannot be taught tricks would be wrong. It is actually possible to teach your cat to do tricks. There are cat owners who have tried and trained to teach their cat tricks and succeeded. Just look at all the adorable videos of cats doing tricks all over the internet (I know I have). It is definitely not easy and it will take a lot of patience. It may be easier to train kittens than it is adult cats. Everyone knows the saying, “you can’t teach an old dog (or cat) new tricks.” But since, cats usually won’t do something they don’t like to do, then an owner just has to tap into what their cats like or enjoy and start from there.
How can I train my Maine Coon to do tricks?
Maine Coon cats are known as “dogs of the cat world.” It’s not just because they are enormous. Maine Coon cats have some dog-like qualities that earned them this nickname. For one, Maine Coons are very loyal cats. They love spending time with their owners or their families. They are very curious and playful even around children. This makes them awesome family cats.
Another reason for this nickname is that Maine Coon cats are highly intelligent. And you can definitely train your Maine Coon cat to do tricks. They are fast learners and they love playing with their owners. It will not be as easy as pie, but with a lot of patience you can have your Maine Coon doing high fives in no time!
Positive reinforcements work best with cats. Giving treats is a good way to train your Maine Coon cat to do tricks. Choose a treat that your Maine Coon really likes, something that he finds so delicious. They don’t usually do something they don’t like. So being rewarded after successfully doing a trick will make training fun.
When starting to teach your Maine Coon, you have to be consistent and patient. Repetition is key. Have their favorite treat ready. Call out their name as you give the command. Once they are able to execute it, reward them with their most sought after treat. Don’t make the training sessions too long. It might get taxing or your Maine Coon might find something more fun to do!. Keep your sessions at around 10-15 minutes. The more you repeat, the better and faster your Maine Coon will learn.
But mostly, keep it fun! In the end, teaching your Maine Coon cat to do tricks is a good way to bond with them. They would love doing tricks with you because they love you and it’s a great way for them to play with you. But also, those yummy treats are irresistible!
Jenny is an ESL teacher and freelance writer. She is a work-at-home mom of two boys and a girl. She loves watching cat videos when she is on break from teaching, writing, and homeschooling her two older kids.