Did you know that dogs can learn over 100 different words and commands? While some pups don’t get much further than Sit or Stay, others can learn quite complex instructions. Fido can do laundry, fetch specific objects, and even turn lights on and off. Fluffy? Not so much. Our feline friends have a reputation for doing what they want, when they want. However, there are a few things you can teach your furry buddy. A Bucks County, PA vet lists some of them below.
Come When Called
To be fair, this is a pretty low bar when it comes to training animals. Even smaller pets, like Guinea pigs, can learn to come when you call them. Many of our furry friends learn this one almost by accident. To get Fluffy to come to you, just call her name and hold out a treat or toy.
Ring A Bell
We always recommend keeping cats inside. However, if you do want to let Fluffy out, you can actually teach her to ring a bell when she wants the door opened. You’ll need to guide her paw the first few times, and then open the door immediately after. With consistency, most kitties will pick this up. Just be warned; your furball may also ring the bell when she wants to check the weather, when she’s hungry, or sometimes just to amuse herself and/or annoy you.
Kitties are more or less born with daggers on their hands and feet, and have a tendency to try and sharpen their skills—literally—on their humans. If Fluffy attacks you, tell her ‘No’ in a stern tone. You can also say ‘Put your claws away.’ Then, walk away and ignore her until she gets the point.
Walk On Leashes
This isn’t going to be right for every cat. However, if your feline pal is bold and courageous, she may actually enjoy going for strolls. Ask your vet for training tips.
Use The Toilet
You may have seen this on TV shows or internet videos. Yes, Fluffy can learn to use the toilet. Just ask your vet before starting training, as it may not be appropriate for some kitties. This will also work better if you have a spare bathroom.
Do you have questions about your kitty’s health or care? Contact us, your Bucks County, PA animal clinic, today!