Odin is the inspiration for this fantasy image. All cats have rich imaginations involving real or fantasy prey ( in this case my feet). Some cats, like Odin, are more mischievous and can wreak havoc without some training.
Cat Training? Fact or fantasy? Do you dream of having your cat behave and respond to your every wish? Or have your cat perform like a TV professional? Miriam Fields-Babineau trains cats for a living for film and TV, but this book won’t make your kitty a slave, let alone star. What it can do, is teach basic clicker training and simple commands like come, sit and stay. There are clear step-by-step photographs of cats going through their paces.
I’m not a fan of clicker training. I find verbal commands with hand cues and treat rewards, work just as well. No cat is going to do anything unless they want to, but if your cat responds to treats, she can learn basic training in several sessions of 10 minutes each. Daily consistent training is key. The ideal candidate is young adult or kitten. I primarily wanted to train Odin from running out the front door. Thus far, it only works if I’m nearby. If the door is open and I’m not close, it’s good-bye prison, hello world! Odin is an excellent candidate and there is more training in his future. I wouldn’t dream of using it on older cats like Gris Gris or Merlin who are set in their ways, super smart and evolved. They respond to commands but only on their terms. All smart cats are masters at training humans but cat training is no joke. I’ll leave you with one anyway.
“A woman is walking in the park when she sees a man playing chess with his cat. She says to the man “I can’t believe what I’m seeing, a cat that plays chess, what a clever animal!!” The man replied “Nah lady this cats not clever at all I’m beating it 6 games to 1”.
Cat Training In 10 Minutes by Miriam Fields-Babineau.
Published 2003. 142 pages. Soft cover.
Rating: Three Paws.