Training Your Maine Coon Cat To Do Tricks
Maine Coons are intelligent cats. Most times than not, you can train your Maine Coon or any cat for that matter to do tricks. I trained Tequila in less than an hour in total to shake a paw, high five, and play fetch. The latter seems more sporadic when chasing a toy. But he will chase and fetch after his enzadent oral care chews. He's just my silly little boy. At least his teeth gets a good clean while he's playing.
You've heard of the ol' adage, you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Same goes for cats. It is always easier to train a kitten than an adult. Tequila was 6 months old when he learnt to shake a paw. 7 months old when he learnt to high 5. He learnt to fetch on his own but not without a bit of coaxing and a reward. However, I have not been able to train our 6 months old female, Maya to do tricks. Does the gender matter? I don't know. They say females are more gracious and dignified whereas males tend to have the clownish, goofy personality. So is it possible that girls think tricks are just for silly boys?
To train your Maine Coon, you need consistency and patience. Cats have good memory. The more repetitious the trick is, the better they understand. You will need to have a handful of their favorite treat and sit in front of them on the floor. Next step is to give them a command. Start with their name and then the command. For example - "Tequila, shake a paw" or " Tequila, paw". In the beginning, after the command, take their paw in your hand and shake it. Then reward with a treat and praise. Keep the training sessions short (no more than 15 minutes) as their attention span becomes null and void. Or if they see something better to do like chase after lil' sis. Repeat the process until your cat extends their paw freely to shake when given the command. Once you've conquered this trick, try training them to High 5 or even play fetch. Importantly, have fun and be patient. Remember to take video and upload it here on the Maine Coon Fancy.
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