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Sophia
07-30-2010, 01:13 AM
The rather extraordinary Moscow Cat Theatre (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlKYtLlvRlU). :)

Shadow_Ferret
07-30-2010, 01:26 AM
Obviously they have some ulterior motive.

Shakesbear
07-30-2010, 01:43 AM
What do they do to the cats to get them to perform those 'tricks'? None of the cats looked relaxed. Unnatural behaviour for cats. For an unneutered tom to behave like that is just not right.

dpaterso
07-30-2010, 01:55 AM
Yeah, fascinating stuff with a touch of weird. :) I'm sure I watched a TV doc on this, a couple of years ago maybe. "Cat experts" opined that the only reason cats would perform such tricks is because they wanted to, which all boiled down to the relationship between them and the "ringmaster."

-Derek

Shakesbear
07-30-2010, 02:06 AM
I thought that the only things cats wanted to do was eat, sleep and bonk. Well, those that still have bonking equipment. The relationship concept is interesting but the cats' disposition must be an important factor. My last cat and I had a great relationship. He had a loving and playful disposition but he was also a self willed little so'n'so!

Said The Sun
07-30-2010, 02:13 AM
I tired to show that to my cat. She just stared at me and laughed in disdain.

Button
07-30-2010, 03:01 AM
I trained my cat to knock over stuff. :)

Paul
07-30-2010, 03:03 AM
bout time cats were made useful.

Yeshanu
07-30-2010, 03:50 AM
This has fascinated me since I first saw it. The cats are treated as pets when they're not working, and he does choose his kittens carefully. He also has a book out, and says in the book that it's a matter of finding out what each individual cat does naturally, designing a trick around it, and shaping their behaviour with treats.

Cats are smart. Offer them food for doing something, and they'll repeat the behaviour. Most of us just reward our cats for doing the wrong things. What Button said is probably true. :tongue

ETA: It wasn't the cat trainer on the video who wrote the book, it was another one, but he does the same sorts of things with his cats.

Susan Littlefield
08-01-2010, 11:21 PM
Interesting video!!

Cats love activity too, especially when given food afterward. My cats love to run down the hallway with me, they love the toys I bring out, etc. I would not have the slightest idea how to train them, but I do know people who have trained their cats on a leash, or to go to the bathroom on a toilet.

I too think cats are smart. They train each other. In fact, I know from whence I speak on this last statement- Buddy, my 5 1/2 year old cat, has taught Oliver, my two year old cat, how to do these trapeze jumps on the bed anytime between 5:30 and 6:00 a.m. Buddy just sits by and watches, as if he has not the slightest idea what is going on.

The only training I have for that is to put them in the office/library and close the door.

bettielee
08-02-2010, 08:47 AM
Mine runs after me, batting the backs of my legs like a cheetah trying to trip me up. What she plans when I actually fall.... frightens me.

Unless I land lucky and squash her.

Hey. It's her or me!!

Vespertilion
08-02-2010, 08:52 AM
My mom has had several cats that play fetch and do other "dog" tricks, but I'm inclined to think it's because there's something wrong with my mom. :)

kaitiepaige17
08-02-2010, 08:58 AM
Well I taught my dog to use the litter box...forreal.

Cliff Face
08-02-2010, 11:44 AM
My cat likes to run up the stairs when you're going up, and get precisely in the way so you risk falling. He's a sociopath like that... bless his black little heart!

Susan Littlefield
08-02-2010, 06:17 PM
Well I taught my dog to use the litter box...forreal.

That's funny!! My friends with little dogs tend to use those puppy pads- the ones that are blue and lined.

alleycat
08-02-2010, 06:31 PM
What do they do to the cats to get them to perform those 'tricks'?
They threaten to send them to the Gulag.

kaitiepaige17
08-02-2010, 06:39 PM
That's funny!! My friends with little dogs tend to use those puppy pads- the ones that are blue and lined.

Yeah, that's how I trained her. All you have to do is put the pads in the litter box, then when they get the hang of the pads, take them out. I have a Chihuahua so we didn't want her having to go outside in the winter because she's so small. The litter box is great.