Can cats be trained?

Training cats

source: Sarah Heath
Your Cat January 2000
starts p32, 3 pages long

Most people would think that a cat could not be trained to perform tasks on command, but to some extent we do try to control our cats, by calling them in at night and stopping them walking on kitchen work tops. Training a cat requires an understanding of its motivation, and certainly reward-based training is appropriate and can increase the chances of success. The rewards would depend on the individual cat, but food and play are inherently rewarding. Teaching a cat that something is unacceptable requires a deterrent that the cat will not associate with you, and a reward when the unacceptable actions are stopped.