How to Train a Cat to Touch Your Hand | Cat Care

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When you’re thinking about basic training for cats, the two most common things that people train their cats to do, if they’re going to do other work with their cat, are to teach their cat to come when called and teach their cat to touch. Touch is an excellent tool when you’re using behavior modification with a cat. It can help you get a cat out of a stressful situation and move your cat to an appropriate situation. It can also help you shape new tricks. Tricks can be great even if you don’t need them as a way to enrich your cat’s environment.

So, I’m going to see if I can get Frya interested in working with us today even though she’s pretty snoozy. Hi little miss. So, I have some treats that Frya usually likes, and she knows they’re right here so I’m going to see if I can reinforce or reward her for touching her nose to my finger. Frya! So, I’m going to stick my finger out close to where she is, and I don’t know if you caught that but there was a tiny little nose touch to my finger and I gave her a treat. Now, these treats are much larger than I would normally use. Normally I would use about half this size but she really likes these treats and they’re difficult to break up.

So, I’m giving her big ones today. So again, if we’re going to teach her to touch, to start out I’m going to get her attention a little bit so she doesn’t fall asleep on me again. I’m going to put my finger out close to her, I’m going to wait and see if she gets interested. With cats sometimes you have to wait longer than you think. Now, I’ve waited a while so I’m going to take my finger away and I’m going to re-present it closer.

Then, she touched and I’m going to give her the treat. Now, it might seem kind of silly to teach your cat to touch your finger, after all most of them do that naturally, but that’s the reason we start work on that as a basic tool. Because if you try to teach your cat something that’s not normal for them it’s going to take you longer and be confusing for the cat whereas this one is a normal queue that many cats can learn relatively quickly and that you can use for behavior modification and training later. That’s how you teach your cat to touch.

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27 Responses

  1. Your Finest
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    My oldest cat has known me my whole life- from birth to now, and going up to and and reaching my hand out, she just automatically presses her face to my hand. She’s getting to that age where she might have to be put down, or might die from natural causes. It’ll be sad to see her go, but she has been such a loyal cat.

  2. Qasim
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    Is this Lady being held hostage? I swear she looks extremely uncomfortable.

  3. ploobie
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    I don't even have a cat…

  4. Ozo International
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    I am cat lover,so cat make any disease to our body like cancer

  5. ¡!Etheral Thorn¡!
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    How to train your dragon

  6. Warrior cat caitypop
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    it took my cat two seconds each time without treats :D

  7. Nishant Kundu
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    My cat bite me if I give her something by hand …her theeth poke my finger …..I don't know why she doesn't bite only the food ….she just thought my finger is also food

  8. Explicit Tech
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    My cat touches my finger regardless.

  9. ShpookyBear369
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    My cat lays his hand on me for no reason and then licks my hand

  10. Timii Gaming
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    My cat name is PAT pat

  11. Audrianne Giroud
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    I taught my cat how to give a "high five" within 3 treats. He is so smart :)

  12. Jayden Bagley
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    my cat head buts me randomly and even If I want to but I didn't need to train him

  13. Tamim/TG
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    I have the same cat breed….
    Ez pz

  14. Kim Lolly
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    my cat is active in the morning and night

  15. Damian Wolske
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    My cats calico

  16. The Kruxed
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    Never had to teach my cats anything, just show them love and respect and the rest comes naturally unless you want more complicated things which would require training.

  17. Omar
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    Wtf how does your cat pay attention to your my cat would scratch me drop kick me and then run away

  18. Fahad Yousef
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    Your videos are really helpful thanks for the tips .. just got my new cat and watching all your videos.. keep going

  19. Zoha Talks
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    Thank you, now i know how to train my 2 week old Siamese!

  20. jamila sudi
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    no one has time to train it this much

  21. Name Last name
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    i feel like ive learned more from this channel then from school

  22. EdDoesNASCAR
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    put my hand front of my cats face AND SHE HEADBUTTED MY HAND

  23. Drawing With Maxine
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    well sometimes I hold my hands out and my kitty runs to me so I can pet her face 😓

  24. Harriet Martin
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    My cat likes to touch noses with me.

  25. sol and ashfire and the gang!
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    nice treats.

  26. sol and ashfire and the gang!
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    BIG CATS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. chiken
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    a cats nose has poo on it

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