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How to train your cat to love brushing

Train Your Cat to LOVE Brushing

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We'll be using one of these. A clicker is a simple device that makes a click sound when you press the button. We use this click instead of saying "good boy!"

We'll be using one of these. A clicker is a simple device that makes a click sound when you press the button. We use this click instead of saying "good boy!"

Why use a clicker? Humans make a bunch of irrelevant noises that all sound the same to cats. The clicker is distinct and short: Perfect to accurately mark specific behavior.

Why use a clicker? Humans make a bunch of irrelevant noises that all sound the same to cats. The clicker is distinct and short: Perfect to accurately mark specific behavior.

RULES: Click ALWAYS means treat, no matter what. Yes, that means if your cat is with you now, watch the videos with headphones! \ud83d\udc31 NEVER EVER scold or hit or do anything at all negative. \ud83d\udeab

RULES: Click ALWAYS means treat, no matter what. Yes, that means if your cat is with you now, watch the videos with headphones! 🐱 NEVER EVER scold or hit or do anything at all negative. 🚫

The treat does not have to be delivered simultaneously. That's the point. Click means "whatever you just did was awesome, you win! I'll deliver your prize in a moment..."

The treat does not have to be delivered simultaneously. That's the point. Click means "whatever you just did was awesome, you win! I'll deliver your prize in a moment..."

Let your cat choose when to end the training sessions. Do not stop him from leaving, do not move him. In fact, keep touching/petting/speaking to a minimum. Let him make his own choices. 🐈

Gather your supplies :)

Gather your supplies :)

Surprise him: Click for other desirable or just plain cute behavior. You can make a click with your mouth if you're empty handed, then go find a treat. This helps reduce bad behavior too!

now and then, click for just targeting the brush, or just brushing once. Like I said, cats can't resist gambling. “Will I get brushed first or hit the instant jackpot?”

Notice I am not specifying how quickly you can progress. It’s up to you and your cat. Don’t rush it. Trouble? Common solutions: backtrack, tastier treats, don’t overfeed your cat the rest of the day.

She started high-fiving everything- "If I paw at this, will it make a click? No.. Then how about this?" Adorable :) She wanted play more than food, so for her it was Click = 10 second play session.

She started high-fiving everything- "If I paw at this, will it make a click? No.. Then how about this?" Adorable :) She wanted play more than food, so for her it was Click = 10 second play session.

Q: Do I always have to click now? A: No. Click tells the cat what it's getting rewarded for. Once a trick is well learned, you don't necessarily need it... but it is helpful to reinforce the click :)

Q: do I always give treats now? A: Yes, during brushing, you might still want to stop and treat once or twice. Deliver a jackpot of treats at the end. Also, hide the brush when you're not using it.

Q: Why isn't he going for the treats? A: He tried. Cover them with your hand & let him figure out: No work, no click, no treat, no stealing unearned treats. Helps to have a friend guard them. Patience

Enjoy! :)

  • A quiet place
  • 10 minutes a day
  • 1.0 Clicker
  • Tiny delicious treats
  • 1.0 Cat who wants those treats
  • 1.0 Brush