When you're thinking about basic training for cats, the two most common things that people train their cats to do, if they're going to do other work with their cat, are to teach their cat to come when called and teach their cat to touch. Touch is an excellent tool when you're using behavior modification with a cat. It can help you get a cat out of a stressful situation and move your cat to an appropriate situation. It can also help you shape new tricks. Tricks can be great even if you don't need them as a way to enrich your cat's environment.