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Your feline friend is a fierce, instinctual hunter, lurking in the darkness always ready to pounce on you or her favorite toy. If you think it’s impossible to teach a cat tricks, think again! With a little patience, a lot of love, and a few treats, it’s possible to teach your cat to fetch.
My two-year-old rescue kitty, Lily, loves to retrieve. I’ll often be working away on my computer and she’ll come by and drop a small object near my feet. That’s a sign that she’s ready to play. I always welcome the interruption, and thus ensues a fun game of fetch.
The first step in teaching a cat new tricks is to make sure they’re happy, healthy and ready to play. That’s where 9Lives® brand cat food comes in. 9Lives believes all cats deserve to live well, and they celebrate and champion all cats.
As a cat lover, you’re probably a fan of Morris, handsome orange tabby who’s been the longtime 9Lives spokescat. The iconic cat was himself a rescue, and in 2006, Morris launched (with the help of some humans) his Million Cat Rescue® to help other kitties searching for their forever homes.
Like many cats, Lily can be a finicky eater. I’ve tried a lot of brands, but 9Lives is one of her favorites. I was excited to recently find 9Lives wet and dry food at my local Dollar General for a very affordable price. It was easy to find in the pet food aisle. (Don’t you just love the cute signage?)
Lily is especially fond of 9Lives® Hearty Cuts, with big chunks of tender meat in a thick, rich gravy. I usually supplement her diet with dry food and 9Lives® Daily Essentials dry food delivers nutrition to support her heart, vision, skin, coat and muscles.
Now that your cat is fed and happy — it’s time to play fetch! One thing to note: the process to train your cat may take time. Be patient, reward often and have fun.
The fetch toy
Spend some time playing with your cat and find the toy she loves the most. It may be a crinkly ball, a bottlecap or a fuzzy mouse. The fetch toy should be something she can easily manipulate with her paws and carry in her mouth. Lily’s favorite toys include hair elastics, bottle caps, crumbled paper and catnip mice. Because some of these items can be easily swallowed, I only allow her to play with them when I’m able to supervise.
Begin by tossing the toy a short distance, saying “fetch” as you throw it. If she chases after the toy and picks it up with her mouth, invite her to bring it back to you. Then, when she drops the toy, give her a treat.
If she doesn’t drop it right away, show her the treat, praise her with “Good girl” or “Good fetch” and gently take the toy. Keep repeating this process and slowly increase the throwing distance.
If your cat would rather roll around with her toy instead of returning it, go over to her, flash a treat and and praise her. Then take the toy with you to the original spot and start the process over.
It will take practice and repetition to train your catch to fetch, but eventually she’ll associate it with fun and treats. Keep practicing, but be sure to take your cues from your cat. If you toss the object and she looks bored after a few attempts, give her a treat and try again another day.
Teaching your kitty to fetch can lead to lots of fun times with your feline friend. Remember to have fun and enjoy the process. And be sure to check out DollarGeneral.com to find coupons and save on 9Lives wet and dry cat food, now through May 31, 2018. Happy fetching!
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