May I go outside?
I grew up believing that cats could not be trained. That was the main reason why I had always been a dog lover. Tell a dog to roll over and give him a few treats, and he’ll roll over forever. Cats? No.
Several years ago I went to SeaWorld and visited the Pets Rule show. Anyone who doesn’t believe that cats can be trained to do just about anything needs to go see that show. And it’s not just cats.
Ever since then I’ve been doing my best to train Zoey the Cool Cat (ZCC) to do rather mundane things that make life easier for both of us. She loves to go outside on the back patio, but at 13 pounds, keeping her on my lap for too long causes numb legs. I don’t let her on the ground (Fleas…. no!) so that didn’t leave too many options.
As part of my back yard gardening this year, I wanted to re-arrange the patio so that ZCC could have some chairs and benches to play on. I easily got her to understand that the chairs and benches were hers but she was not to get down on the ground.
Then I trained her to come ask me to go outside, and when I opened the back door, she was to jump from the inside floor to the nearest chair. After that she could have free range from chair to bench to chair……….
Now she has determined that the optimum time on the back patio for sunshine is around noon, and she is pretty determined with her meows that she is going to get out there to enjoy the beautiful flowers and sunshine.
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