Many people think that only dogs can be trained to do certain tasks and tricks, but in fact, you can train your kitten to do many things just like dogs! One main difference between training cats versus dogs, is that dogs have been trained for centuries to assist humans with tasks throughout time, whereas cats exist as independent creatures and have not assisted their counterparts. When training your cat, it does not have to be for a long period of time. It is recommended that you do it twice a day for 5 minutes at a time.
To train a cat to come on command, rely on vocal cues. Before you open a can or bag of their food, make a distinct noise such as calling your cat or clicking your tongue. Over time, your cat will learn to associate this sound with the idea that it’s time to eat. As your cat learns this cue, you can begin to use it outside of feeding times and reinforce and reward the cat by giving them a treat when they complete the command.
Another fun trick is getting your cat to shake hands. Believe it or not, it is easier than you might think! Get on the cat's level (have a treat ready), and then tap your cat's paw while saying the word “shake.” Reward the cat with a treat when they listen to the sound and move their paw. This takes some time, but eventually as you continue to train them, the cat will shake your hand without having to tap their paw!
These tips and tricks can be a fun added bonus. It is best to attempt to mold these behaviors into your cat's mind when they are a kitten. Reinforcement with treats also helps significantly, but be sure not to feed your cat too many treats!