How to Use the Best Cat Training Tips and Techniques. Contrary to legend, cats can be trained. Just think of the big cats in the circus if you have any doubts. Get your cat purring — and doing what you want it to do. You will need Treats Attention Praise Sound Short training sessions and absence of punishment (optional). Step 1. Find treats that your cat cannot resist. This will be the reward when training your cat using positive reinforcement. Cats respond poorly to punishment. Step 2. Get your cat’s attention; then move the treat around the cat in such a way that you encourage the desired behavior. This could be, for example, sitting on its haunches. Step 3. Give the cat the treat as you offer praise, and then pet it. Step 4. Introduce a distinctive sound, such as a whistle or the sound made by a clicker, as you teach the cat new behavior. The cat will learn to associate the sound with the desired behavior. Step 5. Teach the cat to come to you by creating an association between the cat’s name — or some other sound — and the treat. Step 6. Keep training sessions short. Your cat’s attention span probably won’t exceed ten minutes at best. When the cat has a few tricks mastered, enter it in a talent show — or just be glad it comes when called! Did you know Based on “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by poet T. S. Eliot, the musical _Cats_ ran on Broadway for 18 years.