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Training you to Train your Cat
Whitney
1968

Don’t you love the optimism of thinking you can train a cat?  Of course as a librarian I am obligated to own a cat or two.  I think a free kitten comes with membership in the ALA.  I would also like to comment that this book had very few circs in super long career in the library.  My theory is that if you have a cat, you don’t believe that you can train them so this title gets ignored. Just in case you want a few insider secrets on cat training, here are some pictures to get you started.  This first picture is training a cat to jump up on a table. (This concerns me since I have always wanted cats to NOT jump on a table)

Here is the example of the reluctant cat.  I think the leash did this technique in…

Slave to my cats,

Mary

0 Responses to Cat training?

  • what a horrible picture. i’m with you on not wanting them to jump on the table, not going to happen in this house. spoiled rotten cats live here, ( the table, the bookcases, the bathroom counter, all are fair game in this house)

  • I haven’t tried to put a cat in a leash since our family’s cat was just out of kittenhood. He didn’t take to it, and he doesn’t go too far anyway. He likes jumping up on tables (when the newspaper’s there).

  • More often the cats train us, I’ve found. They must have books of their own …

  • What a great cover, though. The cat’s definitely out of the bag!

  • Data must’ve used this book when trying to train Spot.

  • Who would want to train a cat to jump up on anything? They do plenty of that on their own, where you don’t want them to!

  • The captions make it clear that this is a positive reinforcement training thing, which is trés au courant among animal trainers, and I see no especial reason to cull it as out-of-date.

    Apparently you’re not circulating it much, which’d be a rationale…. Still, you’ll find other comparable titles new today, I’m sure.

    (And yes, I’ve had three cats who accepted a leash as a requirement for being outside. They don’t go for walks, dog style, but all three of them have actually begged for the leash hanging at the door.)

  • Also, the cover art: Positive “clicker” training methods often use a game in which the dog or cat interacts with a box or a bag or something like that. The idea is partly to help you and the cat pick up the idea of the clicker at the same time. You learning to shape and chain behaviors that way. First Fidelle approaches the bag, and you encourage that. Then she touches it, or picks it up in her mouth, and you might decide you like that idea and reward it. You can build on the things you decide you like, and there’s no right or wrong form — as in regular obedience situations like “heel.”

    This could be a fairly clever way of referring to that process. It’s cute, anyway.

  • Heh. Cat training.

    Hope you filed this under “fiction.”

  • One of my cats understands the word ‘no.’ The other one…well, she probably understands, she just doesn’t care what I think.

  • Shortest book ever.
    Page 1, you can’t train a cat, page 2 the end.

  • Is that anything like herding cats? 🙂

  • There might be a reason to train the cat to jump up on the table.

    Naturally, my example comes from dog training: I know an obedience trainer who trained her dog to bark on command, and pretty much only on command. Then she just never gave the command. Result: quiet dog.

    In theory, you could do the same thing with a cat jumping on a table…if you could train a cat. I would say it’s one for “Mythbusters”, but there’s no BOOM. Maybe if they trained the cat to set off the explosives…hmm…

  • I might have actually checked this book out when I was a kid. Finally the cat sat by coincidence and I was ecstatic. If you’ve gone to Universal Studios, you will know that you can train a cat but it takes many hours every day for months.

  • I’ve actually trained my cat to use her scratching post instead of her walls using positive reinforcement. Of course, now she’s twisted it and holds my walls hostage unless I give her 20 treats a day… Maybe she has trained me instead 🙂

  • I love the idea of getting a free kitten with my ALA membership. Would that include renewals annually?

  • Folks, almost anything you can think of with a spinal column has been trained using operant conditioning techniques, which definitely seem like what’s up in this title.

    I wave my hand near the fish tank, and the fish get all excited. Do you think it’s easier to communicate with cats, or fish? How about dolphin? These are the same techniques. It’s not real easy to punish a dolphin, but shaping behavior with positive reinforcement works.

    If the black and white pictures put you off, or if you just have no audience of cat lovers in your branch, feel free to cull this without replacing it. But the idea of training animals is hardly a non-starter amongst readers. Go search Amazon for “cat training” and you get several recent titles, including one that comes with a clicker.

  • Hell, if people think you can train a cat, then I’ve got ocean front property in Arizona to sell you. The cat might want you to THINK it’s trained, but really, it’s just complying as part of a long term manipulation plan to control your life. Let’s all just take a few moments to ponder that while we go and clean the litter box…

  • My cat has been trained. I hold on to her tail and tell her to pull and she pulls!

  • Why would you need to train a cat to jump on the table? They do that on their own. By the way, I think the kittens on the cover are adorable!

  • I have a cat that sits up and begs, will sit on a stool and rear up on his legs to paw at my arm, begging for attention. No, he’s NOT a dog in a cat suit! Patience and positive reinforcement can do amazing things!

    My other cat? He’s a Tribble–he eats, poops and sleeps~!

  • Awww my first thought was of Data training Spot too. ^_^

  • This would be a fun book to flip through, but I would never read it in depth or try to apply it to my cats or any cats I work with through the local animal shelter. I would rather fit myself around the cats personality than try to get them to fit my life. I have a calm old boy who likes only the occasional petting, and a young boy who is social enough that he taught me to play fetch with him. I just do what they want.

  • It’s really not that hard to train a cat,they have their limits though…not to brag, one of my cats can fetch. But she doesn’t do it after about 10 times, another cat can roll over, but again,only so many times and ” that’s it!” . I almost got a couple of them to wear a little hats…I have a nylon tunnel toy they all like to run through…also some of them like it,some refuse to run through it…
    This book might not be too out of date!