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  1. Hi Elise,

    I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a clicker for a few cat communication and protection tasks.

    Positive reinforcement with food and praise combined with the clicker is supposed to work real well.

    The cat into a cage bit you mentioned in case of fire (or even to bring them to the vet) would be a justifiable and very practical clicker task. It would be worth getting a clicker just for that one task alone.

    As I mentioned in a previous post, another good clicker use would be if your cat got lost outside. You could use it to bring the cat out of hiding once you got within earshot and without scaring him off.

    You said, “…bright lights and sudden sharp sounds reach the thinking part of the brain first. The hypothesis is the clicker activates a β€œjoy” stimulus.” Super interesting. I knew it was effective because the clicker puts out a sudden, sharp staccato sound but I didn’t know about the brain chemistry. Cool trivia.

    “Sealy goes a little overboard and gets in his cage wanting fed at least a dozen times a day.” πŸ˜€ I wondered if something like that might happen. It makes perfect logical sense to reason that way.

    =^..^= Hairless Cat Girl =^..^=

  2. I believe that clicker training, or just plain training, to a modest or low level is a form of communication with our cat. It adds to the vocabulary and to the interactions between cat and human.

    For that reason alone I think some sort of training is useful. I think it can help to form a closer bond between cat and person as well.

  3. Great article with different views. I totally agree that as long as it is not to exploit the cats but is for safety or quality of life reasons then it is acceptable if it is working well. It’s nice to hear from somebody who has not only researched it and knows about it but also knows it from personal experience. You can’t get better information than that! Thanks Elisa πŸ™‚

      • I agree. The clicker is simply a sound that is sharp and which can be delivered precisely so that the reward is delivered accurately. As the experts say it helps to connect action with reward. But saying “come” and giving a treat for it is the same thing. Just a little less accurate.

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