Have you ever tried to train a cat? Impossible? Maybe, but we seemed to have succeed in a couple of areas. My wife (Truthoughts) and I have a problem child for a cat. His name is Kody. Here you see him sitting so innocently in the big chair. He is so cuddly and adorable and loves sleeping on our laps. But, don’t let him fool you. He terrorizes our other cat Kiera (black and white, tuxedo cat on the side bar – Flickr pics). Fortunately not all of the time, but every once in a while, he corners her and a passionate cat fight ensues.
We are the kind of parents who will not tolerate this kind of behavior, so we punish him by scolding him and placing him in the Pet Taxi (cat carrier) for a time out. Sometimes he just gets too close to her and they start hissing at each other. Often Kiera will get so spooked that she will head up stairs for safety under the guest bed.
Whenever he does this, I catch him and place him in solitary confinement in what I explain to Kody as “CAGE!”. I repeatedly scold him with the word “CAGE” – “CAGE, KODY, CAGE”. Then I lock him in for his, what-has-become-a, routine timeout.
Here is the part that just cracks my wife and I up. We have administered this punishment with Kody for so long now that all I have to do is yell, “CAGE” and Kody now knows what this means, so he will walk over and put himself in the cage. It makes it hard to punish him when he’s being so cute, protesting with apologies the entire way.
Now, for the ultimate in funny. The other day, Kody walked over to his daughter Molly (who is now old enough to go into heat) and started to bite her neck and stand on top of her (don’t worry, we got him fixed, so there will be no more babies for this stud). We never said a word to him, because we understand in the animal kingdom, incest, doesn’t seem to be a social oddity like it is with humans. However, he must have felt guilty about it or something, because without any prompting on our part at all, he got off of her and walked over and put himself in the cage, protesting the whole way. It sort of makes you wonder… “what was he thinking?” I’m not sure, but it certainly gave us a good laugh!
For another hilarious story on training cats, see this post of mine:
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