Cat Flap Training
Training your cat or kitten to use their cat flap
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The main thing here is patience. Cat’s don’t like to be forced into anything, and can be very stubborn if they decide something isn’t for them! Taking a soft and slow approach will work much better and be less stressful for you both.
Your cat has to learn that they can use the cat flap to get in and out, and how to make it work.
It’s best to train this in two steps:
- Teach them they can get in and out. Hold the door open and use treats to entice them near. Give treats as they get closer, and then start holding treats on the opposite side of the flap to encourage them to pass through. Reward your cat or kitten as they pass through, and remember to show them the cat flap goes both ways!
- Teach them to push! Once your cat has mastered going back and forth through the open cat flap you may want to prop the flap open just a little. That way your cat can see the other side but has to push to get through. That way they will learn how to use the door. Once your cat has mastered that, it’s time to remove the prop!
You may find with cat flaps that need to be activated, such as microchip or magnet cat flaps, that the ‘click’ as the cat flap unlocks startles timid cats. Keep persevering with treats and they’ll soon get the hang of it; just be aware it may take a little longer.