How to train a cat to use the cat door or ring the bell to let him in | 2021
If you have a cat outdoors, you may hope to learn how to train cats to use the cat door or how to ring the bell until you know they are ready to come in.
I realize there are times when I leave my cats outside that I may turn myself on and forget to check on them, so I found a way to let them tell me they’re at the door, ready to go in. I live in an area that’s too cold for the cat door (I have one that goes downstairs where the cat litter boxes are) so I chose to find a way for them to signal me to open the door, something we wanted because it’s so cold we go through here sometimes.
Here’s a very simple way to train your cats to let you know when they want to let them in.
Simply take a small bell, loud enough for you to hear, and swing it from a string just outside the door. Be sure to show this to your cat a few times and if you need to, you can add some catnip to the bell to attract cats.
You can get a bell at any craft store for practically nothing. Using several small bells may be best for you or your cat. Tie the bell or bells to a rope that hangs low enough so your cat can easily reach it, and then attach a catnip toy or use catnip spray to lure your cat.
Whenever the cat rings the bell, you’ll want to give them a cat treat to let them know they’ve done something worth rewarding. If your cat does not take the bell right away, you may have to keep showing it to them to get them interested and sooner or later they will learn that you will come to the door to let them in when they ring the bell.
At first, you may need to keep showing them the bell each time they go out or enter until they start connecting the bell to the open door for them. You may even want to start with a bell inside the house when they want to go out, this will help them learn more quickly that ringing a bell means the door will open.
While I realize that there will be times when you may not open the door just because you are not there or for any number of reasons, your cat will still start to ring the bell to the open door.
If you live somewhere where you can put a cat door, this is another option that you can use to let your cat in and out whenever they want to. This will also depend on what other animals you may have in the house. One of the other reasons I choose not to have a cat door that leads to the outside, is because I have a cat who can go out of the house but she is very irritable and I have to be there to sit the baby when she goes out so she is not afraid and takes off.
Although you can buy a cat door at any pet store, you can also make your own if you are good at creating things. We put the cat door downstairs in ourselves, by simply cutting a small hole in the bottom of the door and putting a piece of plastic across it so that they can walk easily.
If you want to have a cat door that comes out from the outside, make sure you know the size you need for your cat so you can fit comfortably through the opening. While a cat who is used to being outside all the time will quickly figure out how to take advantage of a cat door, you may also need to know how to train cats to use that new door as well.
This should be a fairly straightforward process. One way you can train your cat to use this door is to keep it open and use a toy to entice your cat to pass from side to side. It should only take a few times to do this before your cat realizes she can get in and out as she pleases.
Once they’ve been in and out a few times, you’ll want to show them how to use the door themselves when it’s closed and you can use the same process to do this. You may choose to use food to lure your cat to walk through the door and help her push through the first few times, but many cats will take this process very quickly if they really want to be able to get out.
With persistence and affection, you can learn how to train cats to do just about anything.