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Saturday, January 07, 2017

New Year.... New life.... .. and training a human

Dear George,
 I am Lila (the fluffy) and my sister is Angel (the tabby). We came from same litter and we are about 10 weeks old now. Before being rescued we were living under a deck but now we live in a mansion!  We spent our first Christmas with our new family and their relatives and sure enough people can be fun! At some point they all were talking about New Year’s resolutions. We don’t fully understand what that is but it seems like a good plan to follow in the year ahead! Our list would be very short: sleep, eat, play and getting lots of love from our humans. I also understood that in cats' ‘world it is a MUST to train one’s humans. I’ve heard you even wrote a book on the subject, is that so George? Then, we definitely need your help! Where do we start?
Gratefully yours,  
Lila

Dear Lila,
Start as you mean to go on.  Help your humans settle in to a sensible regime - regular meal times and regular times for sleep. Train them with reminders. Reminders include rubbing, loud purring, winding round feet, walking to the food bowl, even nipping toes under the duvet if they show signs of wanting to lie in at weekends rather than get your breakfast. 
Establish petting boundaries. Some humans are cat harassers. They want to kiss and hug and stroke for hours. Or they insist on petting in no-go areas like the lower tummy. A sharp nip will usually train them to stop. Punishment teaches them what is acceptable. Be humane - just a nip, rather than a bite which draws blood.
Litter trays (one for each cat) should be cleaned twice a day. If your human is idle about this, show them what you want. As soon as they clean the tray, use it. This makes the point that you were waiting for it to be cleaned. If they still don't get the message, and the tray is filthy, pee outside the litter tray. 
You can learn more about rewards and punishments in my book, One Hundred Ways for a Cat to Train its Human. Celia pretended she had written it but her role was purely secretarial, as I cannot type. I was the real author.
Yours
George, the real author. 


7 comments:

  1. Good advice George. Loved the Litter Tray advice. My human sure picked up on that trick in a hurry.

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  2. Good advice and excellent book! I've laughed my head off reading it! And, I've learned a lot!
    Kudos to you George (and Celia for her secretarial role)
    Diego

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  3. You look so lovely! I'm in love with you girls :-)
    George, where can I find the book? Through your website or book store?
    Leo

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  4. All Celia's (sorry, all George's books) are on Amazon.com
    https://www.amazon.com/Celia-Haddon/e/B001K8EQKG/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_21?qid=1483804277&sr=1-21

    Read almost all her books! Love them :-)
    Shumba

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  5. Definitely my humans are cat harassers; they want to hold and kiss me all the time!
    I'm going to apply small, gentile bites :-)
    Zoro

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  6. I'm reading the book; I'm reading the book :-)
    I discovered my humans have quite a complete library when it comes to Celia's books!
    Chico

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  7. Carla, the tuxedo catJanuary 10, 2017

    The book about Tilly (Tilly, the ugliest cat in the shelter) really touched my heart!
    Such a beautiful memoir!
    Carla, the tuxedo cat

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Help for cats whose humans show behaviour problems.

This blog is devoted to the study of human behaviour. We cats, who live with this sometimes unpredictable and always feeble minded species, can benefit from seeing their behaviour in its proper scientific context. The study of feline dilemmas, training problems, and difficulties with humans, can only benefit all of us. All of us train our humans - to buy the right food, for instance, but many of us do not have knowledge of how to improve our training methods. The human species is obviously not as intelligent as the cat, but nevertheless can learn quite a lot - if properly managed. Topics of interest include the use of claw and order, purring as a human reward, rubbing your human up the right way, when to bite, spraying as a method of making our wishes known, ignoring the human, human harassment, human inattention and sheer human stupidity. I welcome your questions. Photos can be sent via my secretary's website, www.celiahaddon.com This blog has been chosen as one of the top 50 feline blogs by Online VetTechprogramms.org