Here’s a treat Papa. You deserve it.
My previous post on “How to be a BFF- Beautiful Fierce Feline” involved a lot of training with my Human I call Papa. However, to train your Human doesn’t have to be very tough at all. Each Human is so different that you really need many, many training tools and techniques. I’ll briefly cover some of the ways I helped train my Human which in reality is a lifelong process. Don’t worry though they are fun to train just have lots of patience.
Humans have there own way of doing things but with a few short lessons they will be doing those things our way soon! Meow!
Lets start with the simple things. My food dish.
Papa used to think that empty meant that there was no food in the bowl. Growl! So not true! This is a easy lesson since humans are just like us cats on this subject. Watch your human closely and you will see that they open the food area called a refrigerator or a pantry. They look inside. It is filled with yummy food but they say there is nothing to eat and then go to a place called Costco or a grocery store and get so much more food that there is nowhere to put it. We cats understand this. When your food dish is near the bottom, meaning you can see part of the bottom or even think it is near the bottom you must alert your human so they know this is unacceptable. A polite MEOW! and sitting next to the food bowl staring at them should do the trick
When papa says, “Stravyn you have food.” “But Meow papa” I say. Papa then quickly replies, “Aww ok Tigress I’ll fill it up with some more food.” I smile and walk away with out eating any of it. Training complete. Humans do learn fast.
Another item to teach your human about is Doors. They tend to shut them. This is a weird trait that can be broken with some lessons. Whenever they go into a room and shut the door you must immediately stop whatever it is your doing even a nap…well maybe not a nap. “Is that a door shutting I hear! Meow”
Run to the door. Start with a meow. If the door doesn’t open then try a little tap then scratch, add another MEOW, put your paws under the door. The door should have opened by this time. Now walk into the room ONLY halfway. Look around. Sit if you feel like it. Cleaning your fur would be ok also at this time then leave and go back to whatever it was you were doing. Sometimes Papa will close the door again. Simply repeat the steps. When they say, “What do you want? Fine I’ll keep the door open.” means they are learning!
Your human naturally wants to play without any training. “Here’s a toy Papa! Meow!”
You just have to show them how you like to play and they will learn fast. For my Papa I allow him to throw a toy across the room. I run to it. Sniff it. Then I either walk away or sit next to it and look at Papa. Again a good time for a small bath. These movements or lack of movements tells your human they are doing a good job playing. Papa will run over grab the toy and throw it again. I run to it, sniff, repeat. “meow” I say. When Papa says, “Fine I’ll go get it again.” it means lessons complete. Remember to play with the toy alone when they are watching TV or reading. You will see such great facial movements from your human when you do this.
Papa stop shutting the door!
Time for a belly rub before I check my food bowl!
A pen for some more notes on training your human!
Yawn, Time for a nap. More training tips soon. Remember to check below for older posts to read up on past adventures! Any questions or comments can be emailed to Tigress@Stravyn.com