Random Thought #13
I often used to feel that my cats didn’t listen to what I told them, or they ignored me. Possibly both. To alleviate that problem, I started telling them what to do based on what they happened to be doing at the time. For example, when Smudge returns to eat his third breakfast, I will say, “Eat your food, Smudge… good kitty!” I like to add positive reinforcement because beating cats only makes them like you even more.
Some of the commands you hear regularly around our house:
- “Lick your butt, Dixie. Good kitty!”
- “Lay there in everyone’s way, Smudge. Good kitty!”
- “Sleep, Dixie! Good kitty!”
- “Give me ‘the back’ Smudge. Good kitty!”
- “Push the rug up into the corner, Dixie. Good kitty!”
- “Use the wood trim as a scratchpost, Smudge. Good kitty!”
I’ve had some astounding success since I started this training regimen. Call me the Cat Whisperer.