Here's Why You Should Never Teach Your Cats to Ring a Bell

Posted by Paige Cerulli

Just in case you ever have the desire to teach your cats to ring a bell in exchange for treats, here's a warning for you: don't!

Cats are notorious for being difficult to train. It's not that you can't train them, but it takes some serious persistence and a bit of creativity. Still, the owner of the cats in this video managed to teach them to ring a bell. In exchange, the cats get a treat for their efforts.

There's just one problem-- Once the cats figure out that ringing a bell gets them treats, they don't want to stop. In fact, they get super enthusiastic about their bell ringing. It's pretty adorable, but I'm sure those cats would go after that bell at 2 a.m. when they were ready for some more treats. Hopefully the owner has a good hiding place.

Take a look at this cute video.

The moral of this story? If you want any peace, don't train your cats to ring a bell in exchange for food. While it's cute at first, you'll probably get tired of the bell going off every two seconds.

In truth, there are many other things you could train your cat to do. Some cats learn to use the toilet, rather than relying on a litter box. You can train your cat to walk on a leash so he can enjoy the outdoors safely. You can even train your cat to come when called.

The trick to training cats? Patience and repetition. Keep your training sessions short, and come up with a reward that your cat really wants. Reward your cat's positive behavior, but don't punish him if he doesn't do what you're looking for. Using a clicker reward system often works well for cats; they learn that the sound of the clicker is a reward and means that what they're doing is desirable.

With some patience, you can train many cats to do different behaviors and tricks.

Have you taught your cat tricks? Tell us about it in the comments below. 

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Here's Why You Should Never Teach Your Cats to Ring a Bell