Many people think that only dogs can be trained, but cats can also be trained. My cat George is the perfect example. Although he has a playful, feisty side to him, he is the best-behaved cat I know. I think this is partly because he was very receptive of the training that I subjected him to from a young age. One of the best things I taught him was to come when called. Not only was the training a good way to bond with him and to stimulate his mind and body, coming when called can potentially safe his life. Here are the things I did to train my George. They might work on your finicky feline as well.
Train during Feeding Time
The easiest way to get a cat to come to you is if you have something good to offer in return. This is why I started training George during feeding time. If you haven’t noticed, cats will come running when they hear you prepare their food. The sound of their dry food falling in the feeding bowl and the noise of the can opener are too hard to resist. Before prepping his food, call your cat by his name and see if he shows up. Even if he doesn’t, just start prepping his food to persuade him to come. When he does praise him and give him his food. Consistently call his name before you prep his food. Eventually, your pet companion will associate the name calling with getting fed, and he might start responding to just his name.
Once your cat comes when called during feeding time, start training him to come to you at other times. Arm yourself with a bag of your cat’s favorite treats and stand about 2 feet away from him. Call his name, and when he comes to you, give him a treat to reinforce his good behavior. Do this several times, and, if successful, move a little further away from him, but still make sure he can see you. If your cat doesn’t come when called, call him while showing him the treat to motivate him to come, and reward him when he comes. Eventually, call his name without showing the treat. He might come in anticipation of the treat.
Increase the Challenge
When your furry pal consistently comes when called, increase the challenge. Go into another room and call your cat. When he comes, reward him. Do this several times, and when he reliably comes, call him from different areas of the house. You can also have several family members call him one at a time from different areas of the house.