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You don’t have to be genius to train a cat

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Can you train a cat? Feline behaviour expert and creator of Mind The Cat, Lucy Hoile, says you can and even shows you how to teach your feline friend to 'high five.' It is possible (and fun for both you and your cat) to train cats to perform a multitude of behaviours. The most effective training method is using positive reinforcement, i.e. rewarding a cat for performing a behaviour we want. Cats will not respond to aversive training methods (punishing behaviour won't work well) and this will lead to a breakdown in your relationship as well as an unhappy cat.