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Training Cats: Comparing Dog Training And Human Training — 6 Comments

  1. Once I did a Cats Protection stall at a vet practice during an open day and the vet had organised a display of clicker training for dogs as part of the entertainment, oh I just hated it, I felt so angry that those animals were trained to respond not to a voice but to a stupid noise made with a bit of tin (or plastic or whatever it was made of)it seemed so cold and calculating as though the dogs were brainwashed to respond to the sound, which of course they were. I was so annoyed I couldn’t trust myself to speak to the self satisfied trainers afterwards. Now thinking about that regime being thrust onto a cat makes my blood literally boil, the thought that anyone should treat a free spirit in that way offends me very much. I’d like to make a pile of those damned clickers and get my heavy mallet and smash them into small coals (and it is heavy, I hit myself on the head with it one day so I should know!)

    • Oh I remember that day, it was a real whack! I kept looking at your eyes incase your pupils had gone big with brain damage, phew thankfully you were OK.
      I would like to smash all clickers to small coal too after I’d clicked them over and over again in the ‘trainers’ lugholes!

  2. Yep i dont think you could train a cat. They seem to train you. Im finding with jasmin i dont have to do anything shes been running around the house at full speed. Although other cats arent too impressed i think some of them are getting used to her presence well everyone apart from ozzie. I do tend think hes really jealous. Shes very assertive and doesnt worry if she gets too close. SHe had her first wander outside today by accident. Had a lovely run though the garden and seemed to really enjoy it. Was nice to see her enjoying it.

    • An article in the newspaper that I read, daily, referred to a study about training dogs using punishment and the conclusion was that it is not a good way to train a dog yet, as far as I am aware, most people train dogs through mild forms of punishment at least. And the way we train dogs helps us decide how to train other animals including the domestic cat which then prompted me to write the article. I hate the idea of punishing cats as a way to train them.

  3. Training should be no more than spending the time with companion animals that they need and letting their instincts lead them.
    Cats will, instinctively, know to go to a litter box when shown where it is. Dogs will accept a leash and do their business outside if we take the time to help them.
    If training means that any pet will follow my demands or perform unnatural acts, then I need not be their guardian.

  4. Well I don’t believe in training cats, they are free spirits and we have no right to force them to do what we want them to unless it’s for their own good.
    There is no such thing as a bad cat, but there are bad cat caretakers!
    Yes we have to set boundaries for their own sake, such as keeping them safe and our boyz (and all the cats we’ve ever had)just learned by habit they have to stay in after dark and when no one is home.
    But give and take a bit, if they stay out a bit late now and again then it’s acceptable because we humans never get everything right and we do know right from wrong.
    Cats are cats and follow cats instincts, what is that saying ‘You can take a cat out of the wild but you can’t take the wild out of a cat’ and we shouldn’t even try.

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