10 Fun Tricks to Teach Your Cat

Many think tricks are just for dogs, but your cat is more than capable of learning the same things (after all, they are smarter than dogs, right?). If you are unsure where to start, here are a few examples of talented kitties and their tricks.

#1 – Sit

Sherlock is Lauren Lorey’s “Cat dog.” She adopted him from the Animal Care and Control Center in Manhattan when he was 1 year old. Now 4, he knows a variety of tricks, including sit.

Image source: Lauren Lorey
Image source: Lauren Lorey

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#2 – Shake

Another one of Sherlock’s tricks, Lorey calls it “give paw.” Sherlock has been super easy to train, she says.

Image source: Lauren Lorey
Image source: Lauren Lorey

#3 – Give Kisses

Sherlock gives kisses too! This trick is fun and your face won’t end up all slobbery like it would from a dog kiss.

Image source: Lauren Lorey
Image source: Lauren Lorey

#4 – Fetch

Sherlock just fetched natural, Lorey says. He likes to fetch his mouse toy.

Image source: Lauren Lorey
Image source: Lauren Lorey

#5 – Lie Down

Claire the Cat loved to lie down on her own, so her owner Rebecca Bogart had no problem adding a cue to the trick.

Image source: @SLRJester via Flickr
Image source: @SLRJester via Flickr

#6 – Play the Piano

Claire is also musical. She plays the piano and helps teach ukulele.

Image source: Rebecca Bogart
Image source: Rebecca Bogart

#7 – Up

Theo, Bogart’s second cat, stands up on his hind legs. This is a fairly easy trick taught by holding treats over your cat’s head, she says.

Image source: @Greyhobbit via Flickr
Image source: @Greyhobbit via Flickr

#8 – High Five

Theo also gives high fives with his paw. Like many of the tricks here, it was taught by taking advantage of what the cat did naturally, which was bat at her hand with his paw.

Image source: @BryanLEdgard via Flickr
Image source: @BryanLEdgard via Flickr

#9 – Jump Up

Bogart’s third cat, Charlie, learned to jump on whatever chair Bogart pointed to. She taught this simple trick by placing treats on the chair, which he got once he jumped up and sat. She then started to point as he jumped, adding in the hand signal.

Image source: @Jon-EricMelsaeter via Flickr
Image source: @Jon-EricMelsaeter via Flickr

#10 – Shell Game

Cats have quick eyes for following small, fast prey and that seems to make them pros at this old game. You can use shells (walnuts work well) or even some kind of identical cup. Put a treat or ball underneath and watch your cat figure out where the item ends up. They seem to pick up this trick naturally.

Image source:  Godtube.com
Image source: Godtube.com

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