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Old 09-19-2016, 06:32 PM
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I happened to hear this on Fresh Air, on NPR, and it really surprised me - a careful analysis about training cats.

In case you haven't already heard about this person, Sarah Ellis:

Who Says You Can't Train A Cat? A Book Of Tips For Feline-Human Harmony : NPR
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Old 09-19-2016, 07:13 PM
Location: Out West
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"For the cat, that security does not necessarily come from a person or another animal, it comes from a physical place."
Not with my Serenity. With her, it really was a matter of where I was, not what place we were in. She didn't care where we were, to an extent, she cared more that she was with me.

Training wise, I never set out to train her. We just had such a strong bond, it happened naturally.
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Old 09-20-2016, 12:22 PM
Location: southern kansas
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In my experience, I've found that training a cat is a two-way street. The trick is to figure out who's training who and plan accordingly. To me it's sort of like the back and forth negotiations between a seller and a buyer over the price of an item. If everything goes right, you reach a mutual agreement and both parties get what they want.
Problem is, I'm not very good haggling, and I think I come out on the short end of the stick most of the time. But my cats are happy, so it's all good in the end.
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Old 09-24-2016, 08:13 AM
Location: FL
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Hmm, I accidently trained my cats once - I intended to train the dogs and the cats inadvertently were also trained. I would whistle for the dog and give him a treat and tell him what a good dog he was, the cats being curious also came and I'd pay attention to them of course. Well, soon the treats were no longer necessary for the dog but every time I whistled for the dog all the cats also came, every, single time. So, I thought, hmm let me see what happens if the dog isn't home, my brother had him out, I whistled and sure enough the cats all came. It was hilarious. Then I trained them to do other things as well, along with the dog. It was like a parlor trick, look at these animals, there were two cats and a dog sitting on command. Funniest thing ever.

I was never able to train the one cat to NOT chew through string however, or do other doggy things like fetch, but they'd come, sit and sit up on command. I was amazed, the one cat was a kitten but the other was an older cat, he was very social so I guess that was what motivated him, I don't know. He would run to the door when the bell rang, whatever the reason it was fun and endearing!
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