Atheist Cats

A place for atheists with cats to exchange pictures and anecdotes and even ask for advice regarding our feline friends.

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Comment by Strega on September 24, 2013 at 1:50pm

So to her, your 'No' means that you won't participate.

There are some things you can train a cat to do, but they usually have to be positive for the cat.  You can train them to come for food to a whistle, or a set sound, for example.  I had a cat who would come in from the rain and wait to be towel-dried - in fact he would stand there and miaow for the towel if he was wet.

Siamese cats are completely different though - you can train them to do all kinds of things, including pooping into your toilet rather than in a litter tray, and walking on a leash!  Quite why you'd want to do the leash thing I have no idea - but you can if you want to.

Comment by Unseen on September 24, 2013 at 1:41pm

When I say "no" to a treat or to playing, I say it rather without stress or loudness or any sort of inflection, which is why I say she seems to understand that no means no.

If she's on the counter and I say "no" I'm likely to sound angry at the same time, yet she ignores me.

Typical cat: doesn't do anything to please her master (subject).

Comment by Unseen on September 24, 2013 at 1:37pm

No, if she wants to do something she can do on her own without my help or participation, "no" is ineffective.

Comment by Strega on September 24, 2013 at 1:30pm

Sounds as if she is understanding "No" as her wanting something and you refusing.  Does your 'No' have any effect on her own behaviour - if she jumps up where you don't want her to jump?

Comment by Unseen on September 24, 2013 at 12:09pm

For example, she will bring a toy while I'm working, drop it, and look up at me. She's asking me to play. If I'm in the middle of something and I say "no," she will look sad and either lay down on the spot or go away and do something else.

Comment by Strega on September 24, 2013 at 11:45am

For example?

Comment by Unseen on September 24, 2013 at 11:29am

Sorry if I misled you. She understands "no" in a general way, not just related to food.

Comment by Strega on September 24, 2013 at 11:13am

No! is a sound of disapproval.  Dogs crave approval so it works on them.  Cats rarely care so it doesn't do the same trick.  The added element here ,is she is hearing that you wont share 'your' food.  Food 'pecking order' is fundamental to animals in the wild, so your refusal to share is understood.

Comment by Unseen on September 24, 2013 at 11:00am

Just like a child, Squeaky has learned the meaning of "no." When she's begging for a treat, if I say "no," she will glumly walk away and sulk. Is this something all cats eventually learn (the meaning of "no") or is she a kitty cat genius?

Comment by ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp on September 19, 2013 at 10:04am

O.k, thanks, glad your kitty is fine and content =^_^=


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