Steps for Command Training Your Kitten
Although cats have a reputation for being independent, your kitten's curiosity and intelligence means they can learn some simple commands.
Sit on command
Getting your kitten in the habit of sitting before getting what they want.
Have a treat available, such as a few kibbles of kitten food.
With your kitten in a standing position, hold the food in front of their nose. Avoid holding the food too high over your kitten's head.
In a steady, slow motion, move the food over your kitten's head. Your kitten's nose will point up and the rear end will ease down to the floor, taking your kitten into the sit position.
Say "Sit" as your kitten's rear end touches the floor, and give the food. Say "Good kitty" as your kitten takes the food from your hand.
Before long, you'll notice your kitten will go into the sit position when you sweep your hand in an upward movement, even without food. Gradually phase the food out, but continue to say "Good kitty" when your kitten sits.
Come when called
This command ends with your kitten sitting quietly in front of you. It should be practiced with many different people so your kitten learns that the proper way to approach a person is to run up to them and then sit.
Stand approximately 3 feet away from your kitten. Say your kitten's name so they turn and makes eye contact with you.
Holding a kibble of kitten food, extend your hand toward your kitten. Wave your hand with the food toward you and say "come" as your kitten runs to you.
Give the food to your kitten and say "Good kitty."
Take a few steps back. Show your kitten a second kibble, say their name, and repeat the call for food.
Gradually repeat the exercise from farther and farther away. Once your kitten is doing well, begin calling when they are looking away from you. Again, keep your training sessions short and stop before your kitten tires of the game.
This command can result in hours of fun play sessions with your pet, and is an excellent source of exercise, too.
Choose a small, light-weight object for your kitten to fetch. This might be a toy or a crumpled ball of paper.
Say "Fetch" and extend your hand as you toss the object.
When your kitten picks up the object and looks at you, slowly back away and say "Fetch" and move your hand toward your chest in a "Come here" type of motion.
Take the toy and repeat the above steps. Keep your training sessions short and stop before your kitten tires of the game.