After reading your book “One hundred ways
for a cat to train its human” I started to apply your suggestions quite
actively in my daily life. For the beginning I set up two goals just to see how
it goes! One was to have at least one
bed in every single room and as you can see in the photo attached I have totally
succeeded! Ah! Don’t be silly; of course I OWN that huge bed in the master
bedroom as well….just that my humans don’t know yet! The second goal was to train our next door
neighbour first to like me, then to “catsit” me, then to miss me and finally to
fall in love with me! Yes, you heard me right! Why would I stop to my own
humans when I have such a cute next door neighbour?
Plus he has a bird! ONE love bird – quite
laughable when you think “love birds” come in pairs! But, I love the fact that he
has just one – easy prey for me! Can you imagine the day (or night) when my
cute neighbour will take me to his place and hopefully the bird cage door is open?
Ah, George! I can’t stop dreaming of
that fresh, juicy dinner waiting for me in a little cage next door.
But I need your expertise; all the “tricks
and tips” as I have to make him fall in love with me first, right? Where do I start?
I love love-birds. Just the right size for a cat - not too large (like pheasants) or too small (like wrens, only a tiny mouthful). Just to reassure you that it is not necessary for any bird to fall in love with you first. All that is needed is for them to be close enough for a good pounce....
However, I reluctantly have to warn you that humans take an ridiculous view of bird slaughter. They love birds as much as they love cats and get very upset if birds are killed. Particularly if they know the "murderer" (their phrase not mine) or even "serial killer" (again, their phrase not mine).
Leave that love bird alone. Killing it, while naturally enjoyable, would ruin your relationship with the neighbouring human, whom you are so successfully training. You have to take the long view. Are a few mouthfuls of love bird worth the loss of a catsitter, a neighbour who may well offer extra cat treats and even a warmer house sometimes?
I think not.
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