Oliver learned the trick!

@ElicBxn (61134)
United States
January 10, 2010 12:37pm CST
You know I talk about how Rygel has a "trick." He will jump into our arms. Well, Oliver has tried once or twice, but always chickened out and not given it a full jump, because he just didn't for whatever reason. Well, today he did it! He jumped into the roommate's arms!!! He learned the TRICK! We knew he could do it, because we've seen him jump that high, but his problem was that he didn't trust us to catch him. Maybe now he'll do it some more! We are so proud of him! We praised him and pet him and he was just eating it up! He was so happy! So, anything new happy at your house today?
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• United States
10 Jan 10
awesome:) i had one a long time ago that would do that,but he was the only one. happy..um... we started repainting the kitchen cabinets and had to explain to certain furpersons why they couldn't explore.they have been sitting on the counter behaving themselves tho,just watching the crazy humans.
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@ElicBxn (61134)
• United States
10 Jan 10
you have good kitties - mine would be "helping" and getting fur every where!
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• United States
15 Jan 10
yea,this bunch understands "no" for the most part. unless it involves food.. but compared to my first bunch of 6,they're angels. the first 6 were "up" cats,scratchers,fighters and groundscore eating fellows(a.k.a why is ribbon hanging out your butt?).
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@bunnybon7 (43782)
• Holiday, Florida
13 Jan 10
aaaww! how sweet. yes, just like everyone agrees in my recent discussion. cats can do just about anything they really want to. my dog coco usually can jump up on most things thats not to high, but sometimes she whines for us to pick her up on the chair or bed if she feels lazy.
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@ElicBxn (61134)
• United States
13 Jan 10
I call the OTHER roommate's dumb dog a dog who thinks she's a mountain goat - I'm ALWAYS finding her where she doesn't belong! She even tries to get on window sills and she's too big to fit!
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@dawnald (84069)
• Shingle Springs, California
12 Jan 10
I had a cat that did that. It was really cool... Got an Allan Sherman boxed set as a gift today. Then when I started my car, the radio was playing "You're Getting to be a Habit With Me". Well Allan Sherman did a version of that song called "Youre Getting to be a Rabbit With Me" and for a second, I thought R had slipped one of the cd's into my player as a surprise.
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@ElicBxn (61134)
• United States
13 Jan 10
I was listening to a song on the radio and I then put in a weird Al cd and played his version of it
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• United States
12 Jan 10
That's neat! My dog had just learned to bark and it is so cute. He is so little with a little bark and is so adorable. He wont get above more than probably 8 pounds but whos knows he is growing like a weed!
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@ElicBxn (61134)
• United States
12 Jan 10
awww - babies are so much fun, can't say I've had to much experience with puppies, but kittens are so much fun, the first meow is so cool
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
11 Jan 10
Aww--good for for Oliver that he finally did that trick. I used to have a cat named Tommy who was the ONLY one to jump into my arms...and no easy feat since he was a BIG cat, and yes a little, uh, chunky...it was like catching a dog when he leapt into my arms rather than a cat--but he thoroughly trusted me that I would catch him
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@ElicBxn (61134)
• United States
11 Jan 10
that'd be like catching Booboo! No, Boo hasn't learned the trick - but Oliver has seen his Uncle Rygel do it and has obviously wanted to do it, but never gave it all before - he's a sweet thing
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@GardenGerty (116484)
• United States
10 Jan 10
Good for Oliver. He is obviously learning trust. Nothing new here, but my fur critters think my presence is the best of anything. They follow me around and haunt me, telling me that I am the Queen of their world.
@ElicBxn (61134)
• United States
10 Jan 10
Oh really? I thought only my cats did that! so many people talk about how their cats ignore them - that cats aren't attached to people, well you and I know better, huh?
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@kaylachan (4775)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
10 Jan 10
That sure shows a whole lot of trust. Cats can be funny animals. But, perhaps now both your cats will be happier. Our cats don't do tricks like that, but still its neat. Though if I stand a cirtin distance from Precious and he wants to be held, He'll walk into my arms. Or, rather he'll climb on my shoulder. and I'll wrap my arms around him and hold him almost like a mother holds a child on their hip.
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@ElicBxn (61134)
• United States
10 Jan 10
Timus will jump from a counter or table, sometimes, I got him to do it last night - I stood off about 3 feet and he did it - he so loves to be held. He was one of the first cats we got that got out of the carrier and into someone's arms - the roomie as it happened to be. Yeah, I agree, tho, it took trust for Oliver to do it, Rygel just jumps and sometimes we're not expecting it so he just drops back down - no nails - he's a good boy!
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@Opal26 (17686)
• United States
10 Jan 10
Hey Elic! How is my favorite "kitty lover"? And a big Congrats to Oliver! You go Oliver! I knew you could do it too! Yay Oliver! That is some trick girlfriend! My cats jump into my lap all the time when I'm sitting in my computer chair, but I don't count that as a trick, just an annoyance sometimes! Yesterday, Star stepped on some keys that deleted all of my Mylot emails! I was not a happy camper and he had a "time out" even though he didn't know it! He was just being whiny and pacing, which is more his brother, Luna's style! So, he went to his bed, which is behind the computer for awhile! I still lost my emails! Well, give Oliver a hug for me and I hope he will continue to jump again and has fully realized he can "trust"! That is quite a feat for a kitty, as we "cat people" know! Hugs, Opal
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@ElicBxn (61134)
• United States
10 Jan 10
Thanks- yeah, we're proud of Oliver right now. Speaking of Stars, our Star, who is one of our ferals, let me pet her last night!!! She had started to run than didn't! WOW!!! and I needed her to move so I finally had to pick her up and move her. I'm really worried about her - she's now 9 years old and has gotten very thin, I'm afraid she's sick and there's not much we can do for her...
@ElicBxn (61134)
• United States
11 Jan 10
I know, but you have to understand that when you take on a feral cat, you are doing it knowing that you are providing them the best life you can but that you won't be able to treat them if they get sick. I've had Mandy, and Mitten also were feral, but Star and the 3 kittens are the most feral of the lot and the least treatable. We will let her go when the time comes as easily as she allows us to, like I had to let Mitten and Mandy go.
@Opal26 (17686)
• United States
11 Jan 10
That's just the point Elic! Once I took a cat in, feral or not I could never let it go! I wan't cut out for that! My good friend took a feral in and really tried to "house break" it, but she just was too scared and remained aloof until he just opened the door and she ran out! I could never deal with something like that! Once I have touched the cat, it is mine! Just like they mark us, I would mark them! I know it's crazy, but I am too much of a cat lover to let one go once I had it!
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@cerebellum (3870)
• United States
11 Jan 10
Congratulations on getting him to finally perform the trick! Mine would never do anything like that. They probably didn't trst me to catch them. Since he sees the other cat doing it and you praised him he'll probably do it some more. He might even do it when your not expecting it. Learning a new trick is a nice way to start out a new year!
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@ElicBxn (61134)
• United States
11 Jan 10
I hope he waits until we expect him, because I doubt he'd be like Rygel and push off again. Rygel learned it by jumping at the fridges and so he also learned he wasn't going to be caught - and pushes off again
• United States
11 Jan 10
If he doesn't wait until you expect it, if he falls and doesn't get caught he may never do it again. Of course cats don't usually get hurt when they fall so he may do it again.
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@ElicBxn (61134)
• United States
13 Jan 10
hey - this is the same cat who fell off the eyebrow window and limped away - he's such a goofball
@MsTickle (25050)
• Australia
13 Jan 10
I have a rescue puppy at home...a cutie of a terrier whom I call Roxxy. She just loves Banjo, my cat. Banj woke up today to be almost immediately greeted with lots of kisses by Roxxy. Banj jumped up on a table to escape but only managed to drag the table cloth and everything on it, onto the floor. Poor Banjo, he was still half asleep and looking very mortified. His dignity was crushed. Dear Roxxy immediately understood and sat apart from Banjo and just stared adoringly. It was very cute.
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@ElicBxn (61134)
• United States
13 Jan 10
Poor Banjo - this is why we don't leave any thing like a table cloth for them to catch on... or if we do, we load the table up so on single cat could pull it off
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@MsTickle (25050)
• Australia
13 Jan 10
That was the awful part...there was heaps of stuff on the table and he had been exploring up there earlier. He just could not pull himself up, he even had 2 goes at it. Like I said, he was still half asleep.
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@paula27661 (15898)
• Australia
14 Jan 10
Well done Oliver! It goes to show that cats ca be trained too! I wish I could train my little boy cat called Hewy to jump on my lap! The problem with Hewy is that he is so young and so easily distratcted; he cannof focus on one thing for too long! It is not easy to predict what these animals will it do next
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@ElicBxn (61134)
• United States
14 Jan 10
Heck, we wish Tony would learn to jump in our laps and he's TWO!!!
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@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
13 Jan 10
Lol well done Oliver that is great I hope he keeps it up and has the security now of knowing you will catch him and not drop him Nope Gissi is just Gissi and up to his normal tricks lol
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@ElicBxn (61134)
• United States
14 Jan 10
He did it 3 times tonight!! Twice for me and once for the roomie - we made a big deal over him, to keep him doing it!
• India
11 Jan 10
My five months baby has started to grab things lying around him with his little fingers. This is my new happy at home. However the sad part is that he is puting anything he grabs into his mouth. I really doubt whether his baby teeth are coming out.
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@ElicBxn (61134)
• United States
12 Jan 10
that's what babies do, everything goes in the mouth - but, believe it or not, if they get exposed to dirt as a child, they are healthier as adults
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@junrapmian (2170)
• Philippines
11 Jan 10
We have a cat named Mengyeow, we don't know how to call him and decided to call him by the sound that he makes. My son took him home, out of pity, one rainy night when he saw him shivering in the rain. He was just a kitten then, but now he's a full-grown cat. He's most loved by the family members, he sleeps with my daughters in the bedroom. He can do tricks also, he can roll on the floor when asked to, he can jump and play with our pet dogs. He loves to sit on anybody's lap and sleeps in there.
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@ElicBxn (61134)
• United States
11 Jan 10
I knew someone's cat who rolled over, I've never put that much time into teaching tricks, Rygel learned his on his own and Oliver did it today. He's a silly boy, those giant furry feet making stars all over the place he was so happy!
@ShepherdSpy (8561)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
11 Jan 10
Ninja Cat Attack!
@ElicBxn (61134)
• United States
11 Jan 10
@BarBaraPrz (25309)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
10 Jan 10
Hope he didn't knock roomie over when he jumped. New happy here? Lemme see... went for a walk and found a quarter...
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@ElicBxn (61134)
• United States
10 Jan 10
at 290 lbs, it'll take more than a 12 lb cat to knock her over - especially when she's inviting him up! We made a great deal out of him tho - and hopefully he'll do it again and soon!
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