How to Train a Cat! - Cat Info Detective

How to Train a Cat!

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Welcome feline fanciers! Bet you’re wondering how to train a cat… Is it even possible?

More people are now wanting to include their cats in activities like traveling, walking, even biking.

After all, we’re such independent critters and only do what we want!

paw prints coming in from a distance

From learning to love the carrier to wearing a harness and leash to coming when called, we felines can be trained.

It can even be fun!

The trick is to give us a reason to WANT to do what you’re asking.

So, let’s discover how to train a cat starting with “Teach a Cat to Come When Called“.

backpack cat carrier open, cat peeking out

Once you’ve mastered the training basics and have your cat coming to her name, use the same techniques for anything you want to work on.

Here are some training ideas…

Cat Carrier Wars – How to Get Yours to Love It! – essential for travel, especially to the vet’s office!

Leash and Harness Training Your Cat – great for travel, camping, even going for a walk together in your backyard!

You might also be interested in more pages about understanding cat behavior and traveling with cats…

The Territorial CatYou & Your Traveling Cat
Preparing For a TripCamping With a Cat
Moving With a Cat…An Adventure!What Mode of Transportation Are You Using?
Air Travel With a CatWhat Is Your Travel Destination?
Cat Carriers…Take Your Cat In Style!What Are the Best Cat Carriers?
Biking With Your CatFirst Aid for Cats
What’s the Best Cat Harness and Leash?Teach a Cat to Come When Called
Leash and Harness Training Your Cat Cat Carrier Wars – How to Get Yours to Love It!


Sources used on this website are either primary or secondary.

Primary sources are always preferable and have the most reliable information because they’re original and directly referenced.

Scientific abstracts and data are good examples of primary sources.

Secondary sources are weaker because they usually consist of opinions or articles that give no sources of their own.

However, sometimes they refer to primary sources.

When I use secondary sources, most are those with some authority, such as veterinarian or cat behaviorist books and articles.

List of Sources – Cat Training

“77 Things to Know Before Getting a Cat”, by Susan M. Ewing, Companion House Books, Fox Chapel Publishers International, Ltd., 2018

“African Wildcat”, Wikipedia

“Cat Calls: Wonderful Stories and Practical Advice from a Veteran Cat Sitter”, by Jeanne Adlon and Susan Logan (c), Used by permisson. Square One Publishers (, Garden City Park, NY, 2012, page 60

“The Cat Whisperer”, by Mieshelle Nagelschneider, Bantam Books, The Random House Publishing Group, New York NY, 2013,

“CatWise”, by Pam Johnson-Bennett, Certified Animal Behavior Consultant, Penguin Books, Penguin Random House, LLC, New York, NY, 2016

“The Inner Life of Cats, The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions”, by Thomas McNamee, Hachette Books, Hachette Book Group, New York, NY, 2017,

“Think Like a Cat, How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat – Not a Sour Puss”, by Pam Johnson-Bennett, Certified Animal Behavior Consultant, Penguin Books, Penguin Group (USA) Inc, New York, NY, 2000, 2011

“The Tiger on Your Couch, What the Big Cats Can Teach You About Living in Harmony with Your House Cat”, by Bill Fleming and Judy Petersen-Fleming, William Morrow and Company, Inc., New York, NY, 1992

“Total Cat Mojo”, by Jackson Galaxy with Mikel Delgado, PhD, Tarcher Perigree, Penguin Random House, LLC, New York, NY, 2017

“What Your Cat Wants”, by Francesca Riccomini, Thunder Bay Press, Octopus Publishing Group, San Diego, CA, 2012

Updated July 9, 2022