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Posts: 11
Registered: Oct 2003

posted 10-23-2003 10:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gary619     Edit/Delete Message
Hi all, just wondering if anyone of you has successfully taught your kitten tricks, like tell him/her to sit. I know cat is much much harder to teach than dog, but I just want my cat to learn something like this. Any suggestions?

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Registered: Aug 2003

posted 10-23-2003 04:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dj     Edit/Delete Message
I have and our friends and family can't beleive it.
He can do on command:

roll over
get into your box
go outside into your condo (caged area)
go get his feathers
fetches balls like a dog does

he also knows a few words:
treats treat
don't say these words unless you can back it up with one for him to see/eat

We spend alot of time with him and he is the only cat. A cavier treat is all it takes. That treat he is wild about.

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From:Vancouver, WA USA
Registered: Jul 2003

posted 10-23-2003 04:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for footsie     Edit/Delete Message
I've had my kitten for 3 months and he is just now learning his name. I think he may also know the word "food". And I suspect he understands the word "no", but he doesn't often obay it.

Footsie will play fetch with me, but only when he's in the right mood, and he has to initiate the game, usually around 5 am when I'm trying to sleep. When he wants to play with me he brings a toy mouse to me and tries to bury it under me. I get annoyed and throw the toy across the room. He chases it and again trys to dig under me. Occasionally he'll be in the mood to play this game in the daytime and then I have the energy to get the toy from him before he starts trying to wedge it between me and the floor. I think the game is his way of getting all the attention from me he wants, while still satifing his chasing instinct.

When I try to start the game by tossing a toy he chases it, but rarely brings it back to me.

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From:Nova Scotia, Canada
Registered: May 2003

posted 10-24-2003 06:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cat     Edit/Delete Message

I taught my cat to sit, lie down, give a paw, sit up, jump across two chairs - all for food of course.

My other cats have learned to rspond to 'kibbles', 'let's eat', 'hungry' and 'feathers' (their favourite toy).

The key to teaching them tricks is repetition and food from my experience.

Have fun!

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From:Dallas, Texas
Registered: Jul 2003

posted 10-24-2003 07:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tuttifrutti     Edit/Delete Message
My cat is an indoor/outdoor cat, and can't sit still long enough for you to teach her anything! The only things she has learned are to come (or respond) when called, and to turn on the bathroom faucets, she has also learned where we keep the bread. She learned the last two when we went on a 3 day vacation and she accidently got left inside! oops! well, she knows how to survive now!

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posted 10-24-2003 08:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jamiya     Edit/Delete Message
They say cats can be trained quite easily using the clicker method. They are just as food motivated as dogs are. I think the reason cats are regarded as unteachable is because they won't do what you want unless they think it is worth their time. Yummy treats would serve this purpose.

I have never tried to teach my cats stuff, but they have a pretty large vocabulary just because I talk to them all the time. I was surprised one day when I said something like "critter" and one of the cats' ears perked up - like he knew I was talking about him.


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From:Ottawa, Ontario
Registered: Oct 2003

posted 10-24-2003 06:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kayliface     Edit/Delete Message
My cat knew her name after about 1 month. I wanted to make sure she knew her name, so I repeated it over and over as much as I could while petting/playing.

She seems to know 'kiss' cuz I go to her level and say "Kiss" and make a lil kissy noise and she comes right up and puts her face on my lips. It's so cute.

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