Why is it that cats can't be taught like dogs can?

@Dask1221 (160)
United States
February 7, 2007 11:57am CST
I have both a dog and a cat. With my dog, Gwenevere, of course I was able to potty train her and teach her what she can and can't play with or chew on, and not to jump on people or furniture......but my cat.....oh God! My cat, Sebastian, I can't teach him anything. He claws the couch, tries to suck on people (literally, don't think he ever grew out of that desire), jumps up on the counter tops, tries to get into all the food in the house but his own, even the dog's. And nothing works on him, no spraying him with water, not smacking him on the head, not locking him up. I am in no way for animal abuse, but he just really makes me want to ring his neck sometimes. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to train a cat?
2 responses
• United States
7 Feb 07
Dogs were domistated thousands of years before cats were which is one reason why they are easier to train then cats are. Cats also don't follow the pack instinct the way dogs do so they are not as willing to do what the Pack leader (you) wants them to.
@Dask1221 (160)
• United States
7 Feb 07
Very understandable!
@Michal51 (660)
• Germany
7 Feb 07
Cats are not as trainable as dogs because they are more independent and cuteness. But even that You can teach your cat many good trick/behaviours.
@Dask1221 (160)
• United States
7 Feb 07
I think the cutest thing my cat does is go flying across the room to jump on my dog's head when they're playing. It's adorable!