Amazing cats (tips on how to make your cat amazing)

Two amazing cats
Two amazing cats

Amazing cats squeeking to the tune

Amazing Cats: How to Make Your Cats Amazing

Cats have the unfortunate reputation of being mischievous troublemakers, loners and pesky family pets. Some people shed a more forgiving light on cats by saying they're "curious" and "they have nine lives."

Regardless of these evaluations, a cat can be wonderful addition to a family! Most people don't know that you can actually train cats to do whatever tricks you can think of as well as the types of tricks that dogs do, such as:

  • Sit
  • Roll-over
  • Lie down

If you want to make your cats amazing, start by teaching them tricks!

If you are thinking about getting a cat or if you already have a cat but sometimes find them to be boring, take a look at this hub and hopefully you will find good, informative content on how to create amazing cats, how to train cats, and other how to pointers relating to cats!

And for a few examples of some amazing cats, take a look at some of the videos in this hub! In no time at all you will be able to have cats that are lovable, hospitable and friendly, even to strangers!

Cat hiding under blanket
Cat hiding under blanket
He actually tucked himself in like this all by himself, so I snuck in and took the photo!
He actually tucked himself in like this all by himself, so I snuck in and took the photo!

Timid cats and the reasons behind the behavior

Here are some reasons why a cat might seem to be anti-social:

  • They might have an illness and not want to spread it to another cat.

I had a cat that was sick with feline leukemia. She would always hide from both humans and our other cat. We found out that she did this because she didn't want to spread her leukemia to the other cat! We found this out too late and the other cat also got feline leukemia and both cats died. :(

  • They might have been abused in the past.

This might be the case if you adopt a cat from an animal rescue mission or the animal shelter. We have adopted our cats (in the videos in this hub!) from an animal shelter, but they've turned out great!

  • They might be scared of another human in the house.

Babies are unpredictable and can easily intimidate cats. If you don't have a baby in the house, consider looking elsewhere for the culprit. Younger siblings and young children are potential candidates for being cat-intimidators. If they are creating fear in your cat/s, this will lead to them not trusting any humans in the house.

Cat contemplating the ways of awesomeness
Cat contemplating the ways of awesomeness
Mean cat or yawning cat? You decide
Mean cat or yawning cat? You decide

Friendly cats- This is the First Step to Having Amazing Cats

The first step to having amazing cats is to make them friendly. If you have a family cat that seems to always hide under the sofa or desk, these could be due to several reasons. The main reason a cat is anti-social is usually because they have not been made friendly. Whether the cat has been abused in the past or not been treated nicely depends on a number of factors, but the good news is that it's not hard to turn your cat into a friendly one.

Here are some pointers to making your cat friendly:

  1. Spend time with them!
  2. Do activities with them (such as grooming or playing with a laser pointer- these are fun!)
  3. Be patient with them.
  4. Play with them- and don't scold them when they claw or bite you because I guarantee they will!
  5. Show them that you love them

How to teach your cat tricks

Teaching a cat a trick is a little different than teaching a dog a trick. Dogs have a strong desire to please their owners. For whatever reasons, most cats don't share that desire, so they might need a little more encouragement.

Here are some pointers that will help you teach your cat tricks, such as the ones above:

  • Teach them early

The earlier you teach your cat a trick, the more likely it will be to learn it and remember it in the long run. If it's already a couple years old, don't worry- just start today!

  • Teach them often

The more frequently you teach your cat a trick, the easier it will be for them to remember it.

  • Solidify good behavior or performance

When your cat finally does what you want it to do (a trick, good behavior, etc.), reward them! Positive affirmation works better than negative reaction. Examples of positive affirmation include: giving them a kitty treat, petting them, playing with their favorite toy with them.

  • Break larger tricks down into several smaller tricks

Don't try to teach your cat how to jump through a hoop, then sit then press a button all at once! First, teach your cat to jump through a hoop. Once he's got the hang of that, then teach him to sit. Then, after that, teach him to push a button. Combining three tricks into one "big" trick is easier than teaching one big trick at once.

  • Be patient

Cats, along with all animals, require much patience! This is especially true when you're trying to teach them tricks! Go easy on them and don't loose hope when they don't get a trick- even if you've worked on it with them for days. Sometimes it's taken my wife and I months to teach our cats tricks (such as the ones on the videos in this hub!)

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This is one seriously fat catObese cat just chilling out
This is one seriously fat cat
This is one seriously fat cat
Obese cat just chilling out
Obese cat just chilling out

Amazing cats are fit cats

Part of having an amazing cat is having a cat that is fit and in shape! Believe it or not, cat obesity is a real thing, and it's on the rise in America and elsewhere. If your goal is to teach your cat incredible tricks, it's even more important that they stay in shape to be able to do those tricks!

How to weigh your cat

In order to determine if your cat is obese, you should first learn how to weigh your cat. Since most of us don't own a special animal weighing mat, here is a pretty accurate way to weigh your cat:

  1. Weigh yourself and record the weight
  2. Hold your cat steadily in your arms and weigh yourself again
  3. Subtract the difference

This is a pretty simple way of weighing your cat, but it works!

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Do you have an obese cat?

If you suspect your cat might be overweight, I would strongly advise you to obtain a professional opinion as your cat's health might be at stake.

Otherwise, most experts suggest that a healthy adult cat will weigh around nine to eleven pounds. Male cats tend to be a little heavier than females, though, so keep that in mind. Also, various breeds of cats are different, so I would again stress to seek a professional if you think your cat might be overweight.

Get your cat to lose weight

If, using the above methods you have discovered you have an overweight cat, don't worry! There are a ton of things that you can do in order to get your cat back into a healthy weight range. Here are a couple of my suggestions:

  1. Purchase cat food designed to limit their weight.
  2. Limit their food intake. On the cat food packages you can usually find a guide to how much of the food you should feed them. Follow it! Also, refrain from or limit feeding your cat wet food as this is a huge culprit in creating obese cats!
  3. Come up with a creative game to get them to work for their food. (See video for an idea of what we do)

Flicker Food- The New Way to get your Cats to Exercise

Once you've got your cat in shape, loved on them, given them your attention and taught them new tricks, they are well on their way to being "amazing." With a little work and guidance, your cats will be fun and friendly in no time!

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nicomp 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

"Outdoor cat doing an incredible trick" is photoshopped. Look at the back feet. Only the front feet are gripping the pole.


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WeddingConsultant 7 years ago from DC Metro Area Author

haha very good catch nicomp. I guess that's what I get for putting up a photo of someone else's cat! I'll have to find another photo of a cat doing a cool trick.


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nicomp 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

It's still a cool trick. I liked it!


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Susan Ng 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Do you have any tips for teaching my cats to clean their own litter box?  Ha! :P  Nice videos, by the way.  So you're a wedding consultant by day and a cat trainer by night?  Hehehe... :D


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WeddingConsultant 7 years ago from DC Metro Area Author

Susan, either way I train animals...

ZING!

Just kidding, just kidding! No, animals are a hobby of mine. Maybe I should have put the hub on my other profile :)

And you might not be able to train your cats to clean their own littler box, but you *can* train them to use your toilets! Have you heard about that?


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Susan Ng 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Haha, animals indeed! :D Yes, I have seen some videos of cats using the toilet then using up an entire roll of tissue paper! :P


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WeddingConsultant 7 years ago from DC Metro Area Author

Wow, I've never seen the cats use toilet paper...

I have seen them flush when they're done, though.

My wife tried to convince me to train our cats this way, but I definitely didn't want to be crashing into the bathroom having to use it, only to find a cat sitting on the pot already. I can just see it now: one of our cats squatting on the seat, reading a newspaper, then seeing me come in the turn and are embarassed...covering themselves up with that same newspaper.

No thank you!


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Susan Ng 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hahaha! That would most definitely be entertaining though, wouldn't it? :P I'd like to see a video of that! Hehe. :D


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WeddingConsultant 7 years ago from DC Metro Area Author

I'll get right on that, just for you...


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Susan Ng 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Good luck! Haha! :D


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BeatsMe 7 years ago

Wow. The cats in the photos (under a blanket and the one who tucked himself in)are really yours? You really do love cats.


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WeddingConsultant 7 years ago from DC Metro Area Author

Yup! Almost all of the cats in photos are ours, and all of the cats videos show footage of our cats.

And yes, I like cats, but it would be nice to have a dog too. We just don't have room in our house right now :(


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GoldenPegasus9 6 years ago

Your Hub is terrific. You are so right about cats being smart too. They are actually smarter than dogs. ZZ


NONIE 6 years ago

How do you stop cats from running on the road...I have lost 3 this way and do not want to lose anymore. I live on a farm but near a busy highway...a friend said I had to scare them when they were kittens by taking them out to the road as it worked for her...I couldn't do it...HELP


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WeddingConsultant 6 years ago from DC Metro Area Author

NONIE, I wish I could give advice on that but our cats are all indoor cats. We're really careful about monitoring the front door to make sure they don't make an escape.


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thefinalword 4 years ago

Thanks for the great hub. I just got a new cat whom I am feeding raw and clicker training. I love my time with him.

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