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Can You Train A Cat?

Posted July 18th, 2010. Filed under Cat Training

Karen Payne instructs, “Jump through the hoop; now sit before I give you a treat.” Payne isn’t training a dog; she’s teaching her 2-year-old cat, Countess Katlyn.

“It’s not that cats can’t learn tricks,” says Payne. “It’s just that we never ask them to.” Millions of cats are content cuddling with their people on the couch, and most only get a minimum of training instruction. But learning to use a scratching post or to keep off the counters is one thing — tricks are entirely another.

Why Bother?

The majority of our pet cats are exclusively indoor residents.
As a direct result of living dramatically less precarious lives than their outdoor counterparts, as well as getting expert veterinary care and high quality foods, these millions of indoor cats are living longer than ever before. That’s good news.

But, according to Nashville, Tennessee-based feline behaviorist Pam Bennett, “The bad news is that many of these millions of cats are bored. Many are even clinically depressed — and the inactivity contributes to the rise in feline obesity.” Not to mention a wide range of confinement-related neuroses.

Karen Payne spent nine years performing with Princess Kitty, whom she touted as the world’s smartest cat. The team astounded audiences who watched them on TV or saw them in person in schools, hospitals and nursing homes. While the Princess, who passed away in 1995, did have an amazing repertoire of 100 tricks, Payne says any cat can learn

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