I like to think of cats as pretty acrobatic creatures.
They can run.
They can jump.
They can spin.
I honestly believe there should be some kind of Olympic event for cats one day.
If it ever happens, it should be just like the Olympics.
There should be cats from every country in the world competing and representing their countries proudly.
That would be a dream come true.
If it ever happens, the double-arm jump should definitely be one of the events.
That’s the trick I taught my cat Rascal and that’s what made me imagine a world where there would be an Olympic event for cats one day.
If it never happens, you can always have your own little special Olympic event for your cat at home.
And that’s what I want to get into today.
So without further ado, let’s get into how to teach your cat to jump through your arms – in particular the double arm jump.
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What You Will Need
You will need a clicker and some treats. These should be more than enough to help you get the job done.
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2 Simple Steps to Teaching Your Cat to Jump
1. Cue your cat to jump over each arm separately.
You can start with your left arm. Place your hand on the wall so that your fingers are touching it and keep it low enough for your cat to jump over it. Do the same thing with your right arm. When it does, click your clicker and give it a treat immediately afterward.
2. Cue your first arm, then cue your second arm. The “cue” to jump is the raising of the arm.
Lower your arms and then raise them slightly to get your cat to jump over them. Doing this teaches your cat to jump over your arms. When it does, click your clicker and give it a treat immediately afterward.
Key Things to Remember When Teaching Your Cat to Jump
- Be consistent with the direction your cat jumps in.
If your cat approaches your arms from the left side and jumps to your right side, keep it that way and vice versa. Every cat is different so they may approach the double jump in their own ways.
- Repeat the process until your cat can jump over each outstretched arm consistently.
Practice makes perfect and the only way to do that is to have your cat practice this trick regularly.
- You may need to play with the distance to facilitate a natural jump.
You may need to adjust the distance between each arm to get your cat jumping each of them without a hitch.
Video: How to Teach Your Cat the Double Arm Jump
If you’re still completely lost on how to train your cat to do the double arm jump, don’t worry! I got you covered! Just click the video link below and you should be good to go!
Final Thoughts On Training Your Cat To Jump Through Your Arms
Have fun with this trick! You’re going to be watching your cat jump over your arms. As a cat owner, that’s pretty enjoyable.
You get to bond with your cat while at the same time watching it perform a pretty fun trick. Rascal and I bonded tenfold after I taught him this trick.
Just remember to keep your arms low enough for your cat to jump over them. And again, I can’t stress this enough, have fun! It’s a great trick for your cat to learn and you’ll be glad you taught your cat how to do the double arm jump.