Do you believe that it is okay to train a domestic cat? Do you think the cat benefits from the experience? And what about the trainer too? This little white, female cat, whose name is Marie, was trained, we are told, in one day to do three tricks and she purrs while doing them. It proves that cats can be trained quite easily mind you I think we knew this. Does it prove that cats enjoy it too?
Very few cats are trained which immediately proves that cat owners don’t believe cats should be trained whereas most dog owners train their dog at least to a small extent.
I am not sure that she is purring because she enjoys doing what she has been trained to do but because she will receive a reward – a tasty morsel of food. The purring is made in anticipation of receiving nice food. She was, no doubt, clicker trained using positive reinforcement.
Marie is a smart cat! She and her human mommy spent a day working on basic commands. Wait until you see the results…cats CAN be trained.
Posted by Ramona Humane-Society on Thursday, April 2, 2015
Marie has the appearance of a Persian purebred. We can’t see all of her coat because she is wearing clothes! The fact that she is white supports this as a popular colour of the purebred Persian is white. However, her coat is longer than shorthair and, therefore, I’d say she cannot be an Exotic SH. She may not be purebred in fact. She is small and cute.
My view may clash with the opinion of others. I believe that training a cat is, in general, a good thing. It brings cat and caretaker together for many hours which helps with the relationship provided the training is reward based.It also may help to protect the cat from danger.
I don’t believe that domestic cats object to being trained. They don’t have an opinion on it. It just happens.
I know that some cat lovers dislike seeing trained cats because fundamentally it is unnatural and cat lovers like their cats to live a life which is as natural as possible for the cat in the interests of their welfare. What do you think?
P.S. I don’t like seeing cats in clothes but see Ruth’s comment below. Sometimes cat clothes are sensible.
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