How to Get a Cat to Roll Over



Hold a treat in front of your cat’s nose.,
Lift the treat up over her head.,
Reward your cat when she sits.,
Replace the treat with a verbal cue or hand signal.,
Kneel in front of your cat.,
Direct your cat to swivel her head.,
Move the treat towards the floor.,
Reward your cat when she rolls over to one side.,
Entice your cat to come back up.,
Practice daily.

Getting your cat to roll over is easier when you break the trick down into small parts. The first part of the trick is to get her to sit. When you have your cat’s attention, position a treat at the level of her nose. Make sure the treat is far enough away to prevent her from easily reaching it.The type of treat to feed her throughout the training process must be especially scrumptious to her. Examples of treats include bits of tuna and meat-flavored baby food.If your cat is not in the room with you, you can call her to come to you. Call her using a verbal cue, such as ‘Here kitty kitty,’ and reward her immediately with a treat when she comes to you. This will may take some extra practice if your cat is not used to you calling her.;
, It is important to lift the treat slowly so that she does not stand up on her rear limbs. Lift the treat up until it is between her ears. Your cat will naturally lift her chin up to follow the treat. As her chin raises, her rear end will go towards the floor., Give her the treat as soon as her rear end touches the floor. Your cat may not sit completely down the first time around, but give her a treat anyway for making the motion to sit down. With repetition—and treats with each repetition—her rear end will be completely on the floor.Keep your training sessions (two to three per day) short—about five minutes per session—until she masters the ‘sit’ command.

, When your cat learns to sit with the treat, you can command her to sit with only a verbal cue (‘sit’) or hand signal. To work on the verbal cue, continue to hold the treat in front of her nose, but give the verbal cue as she is sitting.Reward her immediately when she sits.

After several repetitions, give her only the verbal cue without having a treat in your hand. Reward her immediately when she sits.The hand signal will be the same hand movement you have been making, except without the treat. Reward her immediately when she sits by following your hand signal.
With practice, your cat will know to sit by listening to your verbal cue or watching your hand signal, rather than following a treat in front of her nose.If you choose to give her a verbal cue, say the cue in a firm, but not raised, voice.

, When you have commanded your cat to sit, get down on the floor with her so that you are closer to her eye level. Hold a treat in front of her nose, but not so close that she can easily swipe it out of your hand.The ideal times to teach your cat to roll over are when she’s sleepy or hungry. When she is sleepy, she’ll probably just let gravity do the work of lying down and rolling over. If she is hungry, she’ll probably do whatever it takes to get some tasty food., Holding the treat close to her nose, slowly move the treat counterclockwise over her left shoulder. With her interest in the treat, she will swivel her head to follow the treat.Make sure to keep the treat far enough away that she can’t get to it.

Move the treat in a straight line, rather than lifting it up.

, With your cat’s attention fully fixed on the treat, continue to move the treat over her left shoulder and then towards the floor on her left side. Say ‘roll over’ as you are moving the treat to the floor. As her head continues to swivel to follow the treat, she will shift her weight to her left side and eventually lay down on the floor., When your cat is laying on the floor and reaching for the treat with her paws, she will naturally roll over. When you see her roll over, reward her with a treat immediately.In her attempt to paw at the treat, her belly will automatically go up. When her belly goes up, she will roll over.Be mindful that your cat may roll over quickly when she’s down on the floor. Keep a close eye on her movements so that you reward her immediately when she rolls over., With a new treat in your hand, hold it front of her nose when she is rolled over onto her left side. Slowly move the treat counterclockwise until she is laying on the floor on all fours (‘four-on-the-floor’) or sitting up.Reward her immediately when she is in the ‘four-on-the-floor’ position or sitting up.

, Your cat may be a quick learner and master the trick in a few days. Or, she may need up to a few weeks until she can roll over with ease at your command. No matter how long it takes, keep your daily practice sessions short (up to 5 minutes).Limit your training to a few sessions per day. If you practice too much, your cat may actually get bored and simply walk away from the practice session.Once you see that she has mastered the trick with treats, work on commanding her to roll over without giving her treats.

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