A clever kitty from Austria has been described as the smartest cat in the world after breaking the Guiness World Record for the most tricks performed by a cat in one minute.
Eight-year-old Alexis, who lives with her owner Anika Moritz in Austria, has proven herself to be a master when it comes to perfecting a series of cool tricks in just 60 seconds.
Anika began training Alexis when the furry feline was just 12-weeks-old and describes her as a “once in a lifetime cat” who loves to cuddle but equally appreciates her freedom, too.
The self-described cat lover said that she wanted to attempt to break the world record in a bid to change the way in which most people view cats – that they are completely untrainable.
“No cat is 100% stubborn and literally every cat can do tricks with positive training”, explained Anika.
The question is: where do you even begin if you want to train your own moggy?
Before embarking on your cat training journey, it’s vital to keep in mind that it takes a lot of love, patience, and understanding. Sadly, it won’t happen overnight.
With Alexis, Anika discovered that positive reinforcement and a clicker works well for the pair of them. So, after every trick that is performed correctly, Alexis receives a treat and/or verbal praise.
It’s worth starting with the smaller and simpler tricks, such as sit and high-five, before attempting more complex tricks or sequences.
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