CAT OWNERSHIPSubscriber Only Why It Takes Patience to Teach a Cat Tricks It's a matter of evolution and timing. By estaff - Published: August 13, 2019 0 Print Email Facebook Twitter When it comes to teaching tricks to a cat, it isnt that theyre not smart or cant learn, says the head of the Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic, Stephanie Borns-Weil, DVM. They actually can be quite good learners. But you have to teach them how to learn. To continue reading this article you must be a paid subscriber Subscribe Subscribe to Tufts Catnip Get the next year of TUFTS CATNIP for just $20. And access all of our online content - over 1,000 articles - free of charge. Subscribe today and save 44%. It's like getting 5 months FREE! Already Subscribed? Click Here to Sign In | Forgot your password?