Tricky Kitties!

@ElicBxn (61063)
United States
February 1, 2010 8:21pm CST
As my friends know, Rygel and now Oliver have a trick. They will jump up into our arms from the floor - yes, we are standing up. Needless to say, we make a BIG deal out of it. Well, now a Tennessee radio station's website has some instructions on how to teach your cat some tricks - not that one, but others. I have to say that some of the instructions are RIGHT on the mark - especially the last one! Tho the idea of sitting on the floor with a glass of wine (for you, not the cat) was also a good one! http://www.todayintennessee.com/tennessees-tricky-cats--local-tn-radio-station-reports-on-cat-training-tips.html So, you think you can teach your cat a few tricks? To get them to jump in your arms they first have to like to be held, then they have to be pretty fearless about you not catching them. Gotta say, I've missed Rygel a few times, and the other morning it was a near thing because I suddenly spotted a cat flying up into my face just before he arrived! Have fun trying and let me know if they work!
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@Opal26 (17686)
• United States
2 Feb 10
Hey Elic! My cats Star & Luna already know how to "lie down" and sometimes even "roll over" or "dance"! Luna loves to "dance" when he's happy and I even sing to him! I made up a "Luna dancing on his back song"! He does this when he's happy! They both will lie down on the bed when I ask them too! They happen to be very smart cats! I never had such smart little boys! I have told everyone that I taught Luna to say "mama"! He says it alot, but mostly when I'm alone with him in the bathroom where he first learned to say it! But, a few of my friends have heard him say it while they were at my apartment or on the phone and they get freaked out because he says it very loud and clear that you can't mistake the two syllables of the word m-a-m-a m-a-m-a! It is so amazing to hear! I had another cat named Cougar who said "Ma" and everyone who heard this would freak, so Luna saying the two syllables makes it even more freaky! He comes into the bathroom in the middle of the night when it's really quiet and my bf is sleeping and says "mama" "mama"! And I so wish I had a tape recorder! It is the most amazing thing I've ever heard coming from a cat without a prompt!
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• Canada
2 Feb 10
Oh wow! That's really kewl that your cats can do so much! Having your pet say "ma-ma" would be just too cute for words!
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@Opal26 (17686)
• United States
2 Feb 10
Thanks PurpleTeddybear! I am trying to learn how to work my digital camera so I can at least post some pictures of my little "monsters"! I wish I could post a video, but Luna only says "mama" when he feels like it so I would probably have to take the camera into the bathroom and I don't think anyone wants to see that!
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@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
2 Feb 10
Scamp throws himself around on his back when he thinks he's going to get a tummy rub with his funny sounds - being half siamese means he has a lot of funny sounds! my first cat would say "Mia" that is very similar to my actual name, she generally did it when I wasn't around, calling for me
@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Feb 10
I was thinking of teaching them not to jump up on the kitchen counter. Does that count?
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@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
2 Feb 10
if you figure it out, let me know!
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Feb 10
I think it's kind of like kids. Consistency. Remove cat from counter, every time. Therein lies my problem! :-)
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@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
2 Feb 10
I suspect I'm not home enough to do it then
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• United States
13 Feb 10
i've only ever had one that did that-he started doing it on his own one day. my oldest boy has figured out velcro-that's the closest any of them come to a trick right now.he systematically rips his refilled mice open and dumps out the catnip for himself i guess it comes in handy having big double-toed feet!
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• United States
14 Feb 10
oh soggy nip..yuck.. you should see what my oldest does to those lil' fur mice. he peels them.i'll walk through a room and see a "skin" on the floor. and the plastic corpse elsewhere.
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@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
15 Feb 10
the dog does that! only I think she might "eat" the skin!
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@jwfarrimond (4474)
2 Feb 10
My kitten Shadow who is nearly 7 months old now, is a jumper as well, but he can't get as high as my arms. Instead he gets as high as he can, and then tries to climb the rest of the way. Needless to say, I stick my hand under his bottom as fast as I can in order to minimise the leg damage and lift him up the rest of the way to where he wants to get to - my shoulder! My Felix also likes to get up there, but he does not jump, he's a 15 Lb cat so that's a relief, he just rears up with his front paws on my leg and I put my hand under his bottom and lift him up to my shoulder where he lies quite happy. I'll forward that link on to some of my cat owning friends, I'm sure that they'll enjoy it as well.
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@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
2 Feb 10
Rygel practiced over a year before he worked up the nerve to try to jump on us. He still does it at his schuedule but plenty of people have seen him.
4 Feb 10
This subject reminded me of the Russian cat circus which you might already know about. Have a look at this utube video about it especially the children's faces http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLEA1BgJ6YQ
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@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
4 Feb 10
Yeah, I've seen them, tho not that clip. I think they are pretty awesome, of course, I think my cats are too, even those who just glare at me from a distance!
@Canellita (12056)
• United States
17 Feb 10
I say it again - you're hilarious! The idea of a cat suddenly flying toward me out of nowhere is rather unsettling. I bet they love doing it first thing in the morning!
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@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
18 Feb 10
actually, they make it nearly impossible to get out of bed! Scamp in particular is ALL over me - and once I'm sitting he's biting my fingers!
@Canellita (12056)
• United States
21 Feb 10
And what's the latest headcount?
@bunnybon7 (43527)
• Holiday, Florida
17 Feb 10
aawww! how sweet. yes i know cats can learn all kinds of things. they are really smart. i had cats for years and they all had things they could do that was hard to believe. i used to think they were smater then dogs till i started having dogs around all the time. now i know most animals are especially smart if you pay attention to them.
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@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
18 Feb 10
Dogs have owners, cats have staff yeah - they are both smart, in their own way - but you can get a dog to do things because they want to please you (and get a treat) while cats only do it if they feel like it and a treat doesn't hurt
@hopejordan (3566)
• Australia
15 Feb 10
hello there tamone can eat out of his paws thats what my daughter told me but i have not seen anything else and i am from Australia
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@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
15 Feb 10
we're real proud of Oliver for learning this trick, after all, he's seen Rygel doing it for the last couple of years
@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
5 Feb 10
Lol Elic, it has to be a case of whether you are ready or not I am coming so catch me lol No I never really taught my Cats any Tricks as such but they had their own lol
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@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
5 Feb 10
yep, Rygel's done that a number of times!
@paula27661 (15898)
• Australia
4 Feb 10
I have a kitten that is just over three months old and he is a handful! I am trying to teach him to jump on my lap using treats and it works for around 30 seconds because he’ll jump up, grab the treat and jump down again! He seems too busy watching for things he can play rather than focus on being trained to do anything. The only thing he’s learnt is to jump into his carrier bag and wait for me to zip it up! Aside from that we’re not doing too well and I have little control over him...
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@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
4 Feb 10
Babies, and he still is a baby, have short attention spans - you are lucky he jumps in his carrier bag! I would say that when he's running down to try and get him in your lap so he will stay and go to sleep. I would wait until he's older to try and teach him any trick.
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@kaylachan (4775)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
3 Feb 10
I've taught Precious to like his leash. He'll act like a big baby sometimes about it, but he usually will let us attach it without complaint. I've also taught him to sit in front of closed doors if he wants in or out of them as well. So my cat does know a few "tricks". Cats really are very smart creatures in that respect.
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@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
3 Feb 10
they are - sometimes too smart - like when they are plotting something - once in a while I can second guess them, but not often
@quinnkl (1667)
• United States
2 Feb 10
Isn't that just the best thing? We have a kitty (Gus) who does that!! He and Sam (our two latest rescues who are now about 7 mos old) race around the house and jump into the air going at each other and bump chests (well, it looks like that is what they are doing anyway) and then continue racing around the house! Just so cool! We also have a cat who fetches (goes gets the little ball, brings it back and drops it in your hand when he is in his fetch game mode). Too cool. None of ours were taught to do anything, they just do what comes naturally. Never knew you could teach a cat tricks.... the ones I grew up with and have now are awfully independent and do what they want to when they want to instead of what we want them to do when we want them to do it!! LOLOLOL
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@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
2 Feb 10
I know what you mean, every cat I've ever known to fetch, learned it themselves - I know my cats aren't interested enough in me to fetch - they will chase it until its gone into a space they can not reach, then come looking to me to get it out!
@raydene (9874)
• United States
2 Feb 10
Hi Doll My son has taught his cat loads of tricks He will sit on command like a dog.. He is so smart... He also only sleeps where he is allowed to sleep so his fur is not all over... Need to teach my cats that. I have signed off wearing black pants because they are sure to have hair all over them before I can get out the door!! lol xoxoxoxoxo
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@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
4 Feb 10
hey - I figure that the cat fur will get everywhere, and live with it, I even get it on project tho they never go into where the cats are, because it transfers from my clothes!
• Canada
2 Feb 10
Well Hun, I am allergic to cats so I don't have any. I have a small shihtzu named Katie and she can do some pretty cool tricks though! Most dogs can do tricks, it's in their blood or something!
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@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
2 Feb 10
I'm allergic to cats, but that hasn't stopped me from having them
2 Feb 10
Hi Elic, One of my cats is a bit old and she likes nothing better to sit on my hubby's lap and sleep but my other cat Tom hates me picking him up but I always do, much to his disgust but he lets me fuss with him till I put him down then he leggs it out the room, lol. Tamara
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@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
2 Feb 10
some of our cats don't like to be held, others don't like to be put down... kind of hard when you want to work on the computer and you have a determined fur person in your face!
@Trace86 (5033)
• United States
2 Feb 10
My cat likes to go airborne chasing after a ball of paper. She also likes to take a flying leap off the rocking recliner in an attempt to get in front of us on our way into the bathroom. I suppose her biggest trick is annoying us so much that we feed her or give her treats just to shut her up.
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@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
2 Feb 10
Yeah, Nef likes to do bounce off the walls around corners, but we are only just getting Tony, my mylot kitty, to actually JUMP into our laps - he has always done that reaching up thing like a little kid doing that... "Pick me UPPPPPP!!!"
@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
2 Feb 10
That sounds neat! I have always heard that you can teach cats how to do some pretty neat things. They are very smart, they are just independant.
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