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If you have ever had a cat, at least once you may have dreamt of them being able to do flips on command or press buttons to reply to your questions. Yet deep down, you had a slight doubt that would never be possible for your cat. After all, it is better to start training them at a younger age…

However, even if they do not work, you can try the methods below. However, there are 3 main things to always keep in mind:

  1. Go slow! Let your cat take its time. It will try when he or she is ready. Training takes months, not days.
  2. Remember that not all cats are capable of such things, even after training for years. It depends on the cat!
  3. Start at a young age. While it’s possible for a six-year-old to learn, it is much harder after not knowing for so long. You will learn why.

While you read this, try this, and think about this, keep the 3 in mind. Now, let’s begin with how to start your star cat or kitten!

How to start?[]

The weirdest hump of lots of things are figuring out where exactly to begin. Here are my three suggestions (there

are plenty more good ways to start!)

The point-and-say way[]

Get a piece of paper. Draw two simple and unrelated to each other images very carefully. I did a triangle open at the bottom on the left and far to the right a circle. Make sure they are spread out, that way, you won’t confuse your cat with confusing patterns. Next, find your cat relaxing in a position where it won’t move when you look at it and he or she can watch you. The cat will watch as you say simple, single syllable words as you point ON each shape or symbol. For example:

*taps bottomless triange* “Ear”

*taps circle* “Head”

*taps bottomless triange* “Ear”

*taps circle* “Head”

You should do this a bunch of times for a few days, then “test” or “quiz” your cat by tapping on its paw then saying the name of one shape or symbol you drew that day. Your cat might show you he or she understands by: (or in another way)

  1. Tapping the shape or symbol with its paw
  2. Turning to face the correct shape or symbol
  3. Meowing to try to say one of your words
  4. Resting its chin or tail on the correct one

If your cat gets it incorrect or doesn’t understand, still, try to continue the symbol quiz while you're at it. Tap his or her paw and say the other shape’s single-syllable name again. Your cat or kitten may understand better this time.

This puts this method to a close. Remember, if this doesn’t work, all cats are good at different things. There are two other methods below if The Point-and-Say Way doesn’t work! Here are some concluding tips:

  1. I don’t recommend you do three shapes or symbols and say more than one symbol. It may overcomplicate it for your cat.
  2. Try to use words you use often around your cat (just not “No”, your cat might think it’s doing something wrong!)
  3. This method works much better with younger kittens. I suggest 6 months to 2 years of age to start.

Describe what you do (describe your moves method)[]

While this method takes just barely under a year on average, it is certainly effective. Start by deciding on simple movements, such as a quick handstand or jumping three times. Do two or three at a time. The less you do at a time, the quicker it will be, but the fewer movements your cat will learn to define in a year. Also, if you want to teach your cat how to define movements he or she can do, do movements you can do on all fours, and show them to your young cat on all fours.

To test your cat, simply say the movement name then (optional but helpful) point to your cat to tell him or her you want them to try it. You should have effective results around 8 months of training. Your cat may even do it themselves! Give your cat a treat to tell them they are correct.

And that’s all! Again, describing what you do may be a longer method, but can be very effective if “tricks for cats” makes you think of movement! Here are some tips for this method:

  1. Use simple movements that have simple words for them. For example “paw forward” “lay down” or “sit”!
  2. Once your cat masters your first two or three movements, try doing the same thing with different movements! He or she will learn faster than the first time. Maybe within half a year!
  3. Do not choose this method if your cat does not like to move its body.
  4. Use this method at wide ages 5 months to 2.7 years. This could even work with some older cats.

The Hoop Jump[]

Now this one is a little tricky. Smart learners at a young age average to learn the hoop jump if trained between 3 months and 1.3 years, while average cats will master it between 7 months and 2.5 years. It all depends on the cat. Some cats don’t get it at 2 years at all. This one takes patience, but is beautiful in the end!

Start by, each day approaches your cat with a hula hoop. Then, make up a command. This command may later tell your cat to do the hoop jump! Make it related but simple, like “Jump!” Or “Pounce!” Then, jump yourself into the hoop. That’s the real tricky part!

Test your cat by using the command and then pointing at your cat. Then might soon realize that you are telling him or her to pounce into the hoop.

This brings the final method to a close. Here are some field tips:

  1. Although attempted for a year or two, some cats never understand this trick. It’s a good idea to keep another method in mind as a backup because some cats are not the cat for this.
  2. Train with cats starting around 4 months and 1.8 years old.

Now what?[]

After your cat learns one of the methods above or a different one, you can try more advanced tricks. There are reasons I did these three tricks the Point-and-say way is the “training cats subject” of vocabulary. Describe what you do in the training cat's subject of movements. The hoop jump is the training cat's subject of command.

You're probably asking yourself, “What are training cat subjects?” There are actually six main ones. They basically divide cat tricks and teachings into cat-agories!

Training cats subjects: Six main categories[]


This subject is based on your words, like vocabulary, but it tells them to do something instead of teaching them a word in human language. You may make up a word or use a basic word to tell your cat to move, act, or meow! There are lots of different ways you can use the subject command.


This subject is one of the more complex. This is the act of teaching cats to copy someone or something with a simple saying of movement. You should do this with younger cats.


This subject is simple: tell your cat to move or do something! This subject has to do with allowing your cat to do a certain movement on command.


The method of teaching your cats human words or definitions. You should start with the point and say way in the How to Start section. You can teach your cats other subjects building from this subject.


A single command, a series of movements. This always takes over a year to learn and several to master. It can be a mashup of many tricks and many subjects along with that.


Tells your cat to meow or do a certain meow. This is easy to teach to talkative cats, or cats who meow a lot.

Before you try, categorize!![]

Before you try a trick, especially a complex one, try to categorize it with one of the six cat training subjects above! If you need help, comment below. Here are some examples to help you:

Teaching your cat to say meow after you: copying and meowing.

Teaching your cat to dance with a command: series.

Teaching your cat how to identify three shapes: vocabulary.

Teaching your cat to jump on command: movement and command.

Categorizing rules[]

  1. If it is a series, only put it in the series category. The subject series has many subjects in it. You may list what subjects are in it, though!
  2. Unless you are categorizing subjects in the series subject, try not to classify tricks with more than 3 subjects, or you’ll make it too complicated.
  3. If you cannot find a subject for the trick you have in mind, comment the trick below and we'll try to help!


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