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I feel that undervalues cats a bit. They aren’t dogs and so you can’t compare them outright. They’re different species with entirely different purposes and behavioral patterns. We’ve selectively bred dogs dogs for certain tasks for centuries, cats are on a different spectrum and most still easily revert to successful feral animals whereas dogs are generally more dependent on people. There are people that train cats to do some pretty cool tricks.
I never tried to teach like sit and such but did teach my cats they had to stand up on their hind paws against the door and tap my hand to be let outside. We have one cat that’s potty trained kind of like a dog and asks to be let outside to do her business rather than using a litter box.
I feel that undervalues cats a bit
I agree. I am not a trainer, just a person who had not had a pet until 20 years ago. After George Frederick came to live with us, I discovered that I absolutely adore cats. I lack the knowledge and the vocabulary to talk about the trainability of cats because I've never done it. I have just watched George Frederick, Merlin, and Mandy train me and themselves and have been amazed at what they do -- and by extension, what they are able to get me to do.
When he was young, George Frederick would go to the door and reach up for the doorknob to let us know that he wanted to go out. Of course, he was an indoor kitty and could not go out, but he continued that for quite a while -- several months -- before he realized that it was useless. When we moved into this house, he would go to the top of the stairs anytime the door (to the garage) opened in hopes that he could go downstairs and outside. Once or twice he managed to get downstairs.
Only once did he get outside, and that is another story about the way cats train themselves and us.
There was a cable TV show about training cats. They trained them to climb complicated towers. The cats were very smart.
I would have enjoyed that. I don't have a tv. When I have a little time, I will look up training cats on the internet and see what videos there are.
I agree that cats are very smart, but that is purely from observation over the past 20 years.
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You can watch the whole series on your computer. He is very good.
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