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post Jun 7 2006, 05:21 PM
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So, in Florida we've been out of school since May 31st (me since June second cause I was in Germany), and I begged not to be sent of to summer camp. Now I'm stuck at home with nothing to do. Well, I've got plenty to do, but it's too hot to do any of it. To keep boredom from my mind, I've decided to try training my cat, Cocoa. I think I'm going to start with the basics, and then move up slowly. For treats, I've decided to use fish and bread. Yes, bread. This morning I was eating a sandwich, and I ripped off a little peice to see if Cocoa would eat it. She did. There's one trick I really want to teach her before the summer's over. Opening doors. I tried it yesterday using several different techniques, and they all result in loud Meows and scratching. This should keep me busy for a while...I hope..

Any ideas for other tricks I should teach her?


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post Jun 7 2006, 07:34 PM
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How to get the bread herself without depending on you for it!
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post Jun 7 2006, 08:35 PM
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Jump through hoops!


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post Jun 7 2006, 08:54 PM
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Just because she'll eat it, that doesn't mean that it will actually be rewarding. In order for her to learn things, rewards have to be rewarding. She has to want to work in order to obtain them.

If she uses a litterbox, teach her to use the toilet! I have always wanted to teach a cat to do that...


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post Jun 7 2006, 09:27 PM
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QUOTE (IrishGuy @ Jun 7 2006, 03:34 PM) *
How to get the bread herself without depending on you for it!

Same with cat food!

QUOTE (I_am_the_best @ Jun 7 2006, 04:35 PM) *
Jump through hoops!

Sounds easy enough, I think I'll try it, but first I have to buy a hoola hoop.

QUOTE (candice @ Jun 7 2006, 04:54 PM) *
Just because she'll eat it, that doesn't mean that it will actually be rewarding. In order for her to learn things, rewards have to be rewarding. She has to want to work in order to obtain them.

If she uses a litterbox, teach her to use the toilet! I have always wanted to teach a cat to do that...

What do you think would be a nice reward then? She doesn't really play with toys anymore, so that can be crossed off of the check list.

laugh.gif It would be hilarious to see a cat use a toilet! In a somewhat sad but funny way, I can just imagine her falling in... tongue.gif


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post Jun 8 2006, 12:59 AM
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Dante is trained to stand on his hind legs on command and walk on a leash. I've also seen cats learn how to sit on command. The odd cat will also enjoy a game of fetch. That is if you can clue the cat that it's a fun game.

What else? Good luck. Cats are independant minded and will generally do as they like. smile.gif


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post Jun 8 2006, 01:39 AM
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QUOTE (devils_daughter @ Jun 7 2006, 02:27 PM) *
What do you think would be a nice reward then? She doesn't really play with toys anymore, so that can be crossed off of the check list.

Tasty kitty treats. If you have a Dollar Tree near you, they usually have cheap ones. I doubt toys would be rewarding enough for any cat, really.

Cats can be trained to do a LOT of things, but it takes patience. You also have to be consistent with rewards, and make sure the cat understands what behavior you're rewarding. Start with simple behaviors, then gradually make them more complex.


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An easy thing to teach your cat is how to climb to get her treats. If you get the kind of cat treats that come in the little shakey-boxes, they will learn how to respond to the sound and may even climb up your pants to get to the box! (I suggest some thick jeans)


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my cat lucy can open the back door of the house. it all depends on the typ of door. ours has a nice hanle with a lever ish thingy off to the side.... on day a smeared a bit of cat food on the handel let her smell it... set her on the ground. when she hoped up she caught the lever part and the door swung open. scared the crap out of her but she can now get out if she needs to.


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post Jun 8 2006, 03:27 AM
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Teaching her to walk on a leash should be good for your first training attempt. If you're going to teach her how to use the toilet, there are several good guides on how to do it online.


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post Jun 8 2006, 08:06 PM
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You have to teach it how to fight, you know like an assan, OH OH TEACH IT CAT-FUU! this should be fun, I am going to get you killed Izzy ph34r.gif


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post Jun 8 2006, 08:45 PM
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^Not if I get you killed first...MUWHAHAHAHA

Ok, Cocoa can jump through hoops now, that was easy enough to teach her.

Cand, that's what I meant by fish. Those little fish in a can treats that are called Fancy Feast or something like that.

VIMH, she already does that. We tap the top of the can, and she'll run around like crazy jumping on everyone trying to get it.

Fey, I think the training guides would be a cool idea for something to check out. Would googleing it work?


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post Jun 8 2006, 08:54 PM
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post Jun 8 2006, 09:25 PM
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My cat will eat your bird for breakfast.I think that"s the next trick I'm gonna teach her. laugh.gif


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QUOTE (devils_daughter @ Jun 8 2006, 09:25 PM) *
My cat will eat your bird for breakfast.I think that"s the next trick I'm gonna teach her. laugh.gif

Oh Yea Well i will run your cat over with my dads truck


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Ya? Well, I'll wreck your dad's truck by crashing into it with my dirtbike.


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post Jun 9 2006, 09:26 AM
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QUOTE (devils_daughter @ Jun 8 2006, 01:45 PM) *
Fey, I think the training guides would be a cool idea for something to check out. Would googleing it work?


Pretty well. Let me link you one that I googled that looks pretty sensible. Linkie!


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post Jun 9 2006, 07:29 PM
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QUOTE (Feyliya @ Jun 9 2006, 10:26 AM) *
QUOTE (devils_daughter @ Jun 8 2006, 01:45 PM) *

Fey, I think the training guides would be a cool idea for something to check out. Would googleing it work?


Pretty well. Let me link you one that I googled that looks pretty sensible. Linkie!


I am so trying that!


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Here comes a smelly bathroom for x amount of days, weeks, months, whatever!


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Teach your cat to talk?

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6...&q=talking+cats


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Still, a cat using a toilet!


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post Jul 18 2006, 01:12 PM
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^^^ A cat using a normal loo is wrong

QUOTE (Feyliya @ Jun 8 2006, 04:27 AM) *
Teaching her to walk on a leash should be good for your first training attempt. If you're going to teach her how to use the toilet, there are several good guides on how to do it online.


Leashes for cats is worse wink.gif


I've gotta teach FaerieRyn's cat (well mine too) how to fetch beers when we move in together. Although I suppose teaching her not to kill and bring bugs into the house might be a slightly easier start.


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Ryn's cat may not understand. Here it is, bringing in toys and sharing prey with it's buddies, and they're making a negative fuss. I do understand what you're saying though. Dante went through one summer delighted by crickets. Being sung to sleep from within the house wasn't so good. Nor was coming out of the bathtub and being eye to eye with one of the bugs. There are times you just want a bit of privacy. I took to meeting him at the door and when he dropped the bug to miau "hello" pitching his "toy" back outside.

I miss my cat. sad.gif


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QUOTE (Ashbless @ Jul 18 2006, 02:28 PM) *
I miss my cat. sad.gif


awwwww.. if I get a boy cat I think Dante he shall be named


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