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(The New York Times)   Agility courses for cats work about as well as you'd expect. "We tried to get the cats to jump over (an inflatable swimming pool), but they would run up to it and stop or take a drink"   (nytimes.com) divider line 76
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2011-11-18 05:29:02 PM  
You want to a see a cat run an "agility course"? Have a room full of people standing around talking and drinking and open a can of cat food. Mine can weave the slalom, leap the couch, dodge the drink's table and make it to the bowl in ten seconds, and only knock down three, maybe four people on the way.
 
2011-11-18 08:51:53 PM  
Put mustard on it's butt
 
2011-11-18 08:53:49 PM  
Correction for the grammar Nazis. "Its"
 
2011-11-18 08:54:40 PM  

Equilibrist: Put mustard lipstick on it's butt

 
2011-11-18 08:55:37 PM  
Here's a cat that actually seems to enjoy doing agility training.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhYhagKgVqk
 
2011-11-18 08:56:44 PM  
thanks fr linking to page 2 subby. smashing job.
 
2011-11-18 08:56:55 PM  

The Dogs of War: Equilibrist: Put mustard lipstick on it's butt


Hahhaa, glad to see evidence of the lipstick make it in here. ;)
 
2011-11-18 08:57:59 PM  
My cat will go after a laser light and nothing will stop him!
 
2011-11-18 08:58:00 PM  
I play a game with ours. It's called jump in the roasting pan. Sadly, he's too damn big now. Stock pot!
 
2011-11-18 08:59:58 PM  
Cats are cool. I just hate litterboxes and you can't exactly let cats out to do their thing in the fenced yard (like dogs) without them wandering and I feel cats straying the neighborhood are problematic as dogs to an extent. Otherwise I'd have one (well, that and the fact I have five dogs - the four big ones are cool with cats, the rat terrier not so much).

Has anyone been to Key West and seen Dominique and his cats? (new window) Truly impressive.
 
2011-11-18 09:01:10 PM  

missiv: I play a game with ours. It's called jump in the roasting pan. Sadly, he's too damn big now. Stock pot!


One of my cats plays "tee box." He fishes a golf tee out of a drawer, finds an open box, and throws the tee in the box. Then he jumps in the box, gets the tee, jumps out, and repeats until he gets tired.

He's not real smart.
 
2011-11-18 09:03:04 PM  
List of Loonies, item #6:
People who treat cats like dogs.
 
2011-11-18 09:05:27 PM  
lord knows i like my pussy to as agile as micheal moore
 
2011-11-18 09:10:07 PM  

Uchiha_Cycliste: thanks fr linking to page 2 subby. smashing job.


It's part of your agility training.
 
2011-11-18 09:16:19 PM  
Dominique's website is lame. No video. He is all over youtube. I could link but I won't. I was seriously tickled by his show. Could have been the booze.
 
2011-11-18 09:17:04 PM  
Cat agility course: Line up a row of expensive, fragile items on a narrow shelf. Place a cat in the room. Leave the room unattended. Return half an hour later. None of the items will be moved or broken, but there will be cat fur on the shelf. Ta-da!
 
2011-11-18 09:18:28 PM  

Lane83: missiv: I play a game with ours. It's called jump in the roasting pan. Sadly, he's too damn big now. Stock pot!

One of my cats plays "tee box." He fishes a golf tee out of a drawer, finds an open box, and throws the tee in the box. Then he jumps in the box, gets the tee, jumps out, and repeats until he gets tired.

He's not real smart.


Sounds like my cat. He's got a zillion toys, but what's his favorite? The 25 cent foam ball that he can drop down the stairs, go down to retrieve, then do it all over again. And again. And again.
 
2011-11-18 09:19:45 PM  

freetomato: Cats are cool. I just hate litterboxes and you can't exactly let cats out to do their thing in the fenced yard (like dogs) without them wandering and I feel cats straying the neighborhood are problematic as dogs to an extent. Otherwise I'd have one (well, that and the fact I have five dogs - the four big ones are cool with cats, the rat terrier not so much).


Leash training. Some are even so well trained that they stay with the owner without the leash. Have to start early though, so they get used to a harness.

CSS:

Had a cat we leash trained for a while. My grandfather, who hated cats, would walk him. The cat would come and sit at his feet as he put the collar and leash on the cat. Grandpa got stopped a few times by people asking if he was, in fact, walking a cat. That cat also fetched twist ties, and got kitty boners when kneading blankets (don't ask) - the cat was a bit weird, all things considered. Sadly, he was killed by a pitbull - the cat, not the grandfather. Though the grandfather was killed by a blizzard that hit a month or so after the cat died.
 
2011-11-18 09:26:12 PM  

LordOfThePings: Uchiha_Cycliste: thanks fr linking to page 2 subby. smashing job.

It's part of your agility training.


*grumbles* I'd rather it be a part of my complaining training, clearly.
 
2011-11-18 09:26:44 PM  
It's like something out of Look Around You.
 
2011-11-18 09:27:26 PM  

myarsehurts: lord knows i like my pussy to as agile as micheal moore


wat?
you accidentaly the whole thing or ESL?
 
2011-11-18 09:31:28 PM  
My cat's favorite toy in the whole world is a plastic flosser I get at CVS in bags of 100. When I'm done picking my teeth, I toss it on the floor near her and she goes nuts.

If you're buying cat toys in a pet store, you're doing it wrong.
 
2011-11-18 09:33:43 PM  
i291.photobucket.com

i291.photobucket.com

i291.photobucket.com
 
2011-11-18 09:35:05 PM  
A kitten named Twink?!?
 
2011-11-18 09:39:30 PM  
You gotta call in the pros to deal with cats.

Link (new window)
 
2011-11-18 09:39:51 PM  
My cat is pretty fantastic at running away from me... she'd do well in an agility. All I'd have to do is run at her.

Course, I swear my cat is syzofrentic (I know that's badly spelled)... all of a sudden, for no apparent reason, she'll meow a few times and then just book it across the house. Up and down the stairs, across the hallways, etc. And then she'll stop. It's bizarre.
 
2011-11-18 09:45:40 PM  
"I think we let cats' brains rot, and I think it's really sad,"

that is sad.
 
2011-11-18 09:48:11 PM  
Shoulda got this guy on the case.
lilyonthedustbin.com
 
2011-11-18 09:49:09 PM  
Preston gets his exercise by tackling my wife

danielwheeler.org
 
2011-11-18 09:49:33 PM  
Katie Moko (Turkish Angora) just jumped off my lap as I'm typing this-went to fetch (really) her favorite toy a thing-y that looks like a round smashed piece of xmas tinsel that she'll bring to me to throw and retrieve a lot. Tigger Lubowski (Turkish Angora) has just swiped the toy and is now chasing it around the living room floor-of course this will go back and forth for hours between the two of them......
 
2011-11-18 10:02:04 PM  

Government Fromage: Lane83: missiv: I play a game with ours. It's called jump in the roasting pan. Sadly, he's too damn big now. Stock pot!

One of my cats plays "tee box." He fishes a golf tee out of a drawer, finds an open box, and throws the tee in the box. Then he jumps in the box, gets the tee, jumps out, and repeats until he gets tired.

He's not real smart.

Sounds like my cat. He's got a zillion toys, but what's his favorite? The 25 cent foam ball that he can drop down the stairs, go down to retrieve, then do it all over again. And again. And again.


One cat will only play with foam soccer balls. She bats them against the wall, catches them, and repeats. Until she gets tired, then she picks it up like a kitten and runs off with it.

The third one only plays with mice. She knocks them under the couch then whines until I lift it up and get them out.

I tell my wife we don't need kids because we already feed and clean up after three thankless little monsters.
 
2011-11-18 10:14:17 PM  

Duck_of_Doom: freetomato: Cats are cool. I just hate litterboxes and you can't exactly let cats out to do their thing in the fenced yard (like dogs) without them wandering and I feel cats straying the neighborhood are problematic as dogs to an extent. Otherwise I'd have one (well, that and the fact I have five dogs - the four big ones are cool with cats, the rat terrier not so much).


Leash training. Some are even so well trained that they stay with the owner without the leash. Have to start early though, so they get used to a harness.

CSS:

Had a cat we leash trained for a while. My grandfather, who hated cats, would walk him. The cat would come and sit at his feet as he put the collar and leash on the cat. Grandpa got stopped a few times by people asking if he was, in fact, walking a cat. That cat also fetched twist ties, and got kitty boners when kneading blankets (don't ask) - the cat was a bit weird, all things considered. Sadly, he was killed by a pitbull - the cat, not the grandfather. Though the grandfather was killed by a blizzard that hit a month or so after the cat died.


My male cat who was a Siamese would also get boners while needing pretty much on anything. He also had an obsession with laying on people's shoulders and licking their hair. I have a cat now that plays fetch with balls of paper.
 
2011-11-18 10:15:56 PM  
My cat plays fetch with a toy mouse. I throw...she brings it back. I throw...she brings it back. Over and over and over and over and over...

...and over and over and over again. It NEVER stops. She's a toy mouse fetching machine.
 
2011-11-18 10:17:44 PM  

zarberg: Preston gets his exercise by tackling my wife

[danielwheeler.org image 640x480]


Holy FSM, that's a huge beast! My own kitty has an astounding agility routine, and runs through it every morning when I'm in bed and wants to be fed. Leap onto bed, lick my nose and butt my head, then jump into the room's upper windows, which he knows I hate and will wake me further, then move to scratching at my nightstand until I chase him off, then jump back onto the bed, bouncing off my body a couple times before settling down just out of petting or batting-away range. Then I get up. He's trained me well.
 
2011-11-18 10:18:27 PM  

bookelly: My cat plays fetch with a toy mouse. I throw...she brings it back. I throw...she brings it back. Over and over and over and over and over...

...and over and over and over again. It NEVER stops. She's a toy mouse fetching machine.


Mine has a little ball he'll do that with over and over.
 
2011-11-18 10:26:15 PM  

buckler: zarberg: Preston gets his exercise by tackling my wife

[danielwheeler.org image 640x480]

Holy FSM, that's a huge beast! My own kitty has an astounding agility routine, and runs through it every morning when I'm in bed and wants to be fed. Leap onto bed, lick my nose and butt my head, then jump into the room's upper windows, which he knows I hate and will wake me further, then move to scratching at my nightstand until I chase him off, then jump back onto the bed, bouncing off my body a couple times before settling down just out of petting or batting-away range. Then I get up. He's trained me well.


Maybe his wife is tiny.
 
2011-11-18 10:28:32 PM  

EvilEgg: buckler: zarberg: Preston gets his exercise by tackling my wife

[danielwheeler.org image 640x480]

Holy FSM, that's a huge beast! My own kitty has an astounding agility routine, and runs through it every morning when I'm in bed and wants to be fed. Leap onto bed, lick my nose and butt my head, then jump into the room's upper windows, which he knows I hate and will wake me further, then move to scratching at my nightstand until I chase him off, then jump back onto the bed, bouncing off my body a couple times before settling down just out of petting or batting-away range. Then I get up. He's trained me well.

Maybe his wife is tiny.


Both. She's 5'4" 105 lbs, he's 26 lbs.
 
2011-11-18 10:29:23 PM  

zarberg: Preston gets his exercise by tackling my wife

[danielwheeler.org image 640x480]


So do I.
 
2011-11-18 10:31:36 PM  

freetomato: Cats are cool. I just hate litterboxes and you can't exactly let cats out to do their thing in the fenced yard (like dogs) without them wandering and I feel cats straying the neighborhood are problematic as dogs to an extent. Otherwise I'd have one (well, that and the fact I have five dogs - the four big ones are cool with cats, the rat terrier not so much).

Has anyone been to Key West and seen Dominique and his cats? (new window) Truly impressive.


I have!
 
2011-11-18 10:36:32 PM  

zarberg: Preston gets his exercise by tackling my wife


Good lord, how fat is that cat? He looks to weigh as much as your wife! Good for extra warmth in cold weather, though.

My husband and I (who use Penn Vet, the school whose professor is quoted in the article) are now trying to decide which cat we should try to train, and what we should train them to do. The younger cat has promise, but the older cat...at age 8, he hasn't even figured out how to cover his own poop. He may be hopeless.
 
2011-11-18 10:38:05 PM  
They just haven't confused the cats enough.
 
2011-11-18 10:45:28 PM  
Lane83:

He's not real smart.

Sounds like that cat is actually pretty smart, he created a game and enjoys playing it. You probably sit around and play video games someone else made.

I just wonder how he keeps score. Is there a fantasy league?
 
2011-11-18 10:47:44 PM  

jake3988: My cat is pretty fantastic at running away from me... she'd do well in an agility. All I'd have to do is run at her.

Course, I swear my cat is syzofrentic (I know that's badly spelled)... all of a sudden, for no apparent reason, she'll meow a few times and then just book it across the house. Up and down the stairs, across the hallways, etc. And then she'll stop. It's bizarre.


It's a cat thing. Usually that means they're receiving instructions from the mothership on their next move to take over the planet.
 
2011-11-18 11:12:35 PM  
It seems that the addition of a simple pack of dogs would help the cat understand the course better.
 
2011-11-18 11:22:51 PM  
Part of it is you have to start them young, and part of it is we don't keep them as domesticated as dogs. Some cats are feral, they accept people and live with them, and others follow you around like a puppy.

Not that there is anything wrong with that, different people want different cats. It just means that you really have to start looking at specific breeds and lines to get a performer.

We kept dogs as working animals because of their size and their strong pack sense, but we often just had cats around. Some lived in the barn and didn't even like people. We just haven't reinforced domestication in cats like we have in dogs.

If you want to see what focused breeding does then just look up the Russian fox experiment.
 
2011-11-18 11:55:24 PM  
It's only a matter of voltage...


/breaking a cat is easy with a baseball bat.
 
2011-11-19 12:00:03 AM  

freetomato:
Has anyone been to Key West and seen Dominique and his cats? (new window) Truly impressive.


Are those farking cats still there? I must have seen them 20 years ago. They were impressive. I didn't know cats could be trained like that.

I don't do Caturday, so......

lh5.googleusercontent.com

agile.
 
2011-11-19 12:01:13 AM  
Awww love the pic of the Bengal.

Proud Bengal owner of a 2 year old Melanistic Male. Resuced him from a delinquent breeder.

i8.photobucket.com

Bengals are amazing kitties but are super high maintenance. He will come what I call him most of the time but there is no way I could train him to run an agility course. He would probably just flop over on his side, roll around, and dare me to mess with him.
 
2011-11-19 12:36:59 AM  
Anyone know how to get my wife's neutered male cat to stop hissing at anyone but her? She raised this thing from a kitten and I don't think it ever really got to socialize much. It's totally cool with her, but the little bastard will hiss at me even when giving it food, and has attacked me once or twice (though that has stopped). I seriously think about loading it into the carier, driving it out to the most remote location I can find, and letting it "socialize" with the wild coyotes in the area.

It's weird, because her other cat is totally fine with me, and will even sleep on my lap.
 
2011-11-19 12:47:11 AM  
myarsehurts: lord knows i like my pussy to as agile as micheal moore

wat?
you accidentaly the whole thing or ESL

Well yes it is my second language my first is annonying coont which you seem to have a amazing grip on
 
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