Service Cats: Calling for Emergency Help

Meowllo and welcome to Service Cat Monday. On Monday’s we answer your training questions and tackle topics associated with Service Cats and their training. As with all our educational postys da followin’ will be in human English. And ifin you’ve missed any of da posts in this series purrlease click on da linkys at da bottom of this post. Ifin you have any questions purrlease leave them in da comments or email us via our contact page. Our post today is all ‘bout gettin’ emergency help to our disabled handler/mommy. Awnty Katie and Katie Kat of Katies Furry Mews asked, “How do you train a kitty to dial 911?” So let’s get right into it.

 Dezi laying in cat tree in new harness

Mommy says, Purrlease remember, our training posts are not intended to be a complete blueprint for your training. These posts are merely tips and tricks mommy has developed over many years of animal training. Mommy adopts a positive method of training closest to the animals true nature. You must always be realistic in your expectations, and never ask more of any animal than said animal is capable of performing. Training is Consistency and Repetitive.

 Dezi with telephone making a call for pizza

First up you’re gonna need some old fashioned supplies. Our training is ever evolving, but mommy still hasn’t figured out a way to train a cat to dial using a cell phone. If a cell phone is all you have and you’re not worried about being incapacitated, then you can train kitty to bring you the phone, but at this point and time, there’s no conceivable way to train a kitty to use a cell phone. For all of you who just said, “My cat plays games, or My cat can take a selfie, or I’ve seen lots of videos of cats playing with cell phones;” we would say, those phone are already unlocked and the app opened for them. So, you’re going to need a landline with at least basic local and 911 service. We have magic jack and pay one low rate each year for unlimited calling anywhere in the U.S. and Canada. The phone can be corded or cordless but should have a speaker phone feature. This is a typical feature on most phones these days. If you’re using a cordless phone, make sure to attach the belt clip to the phone so kitty will have something to pick the phone up with.

 Raena learning to dial the phone.

So you have your phone and are ready to train kitty. Make sure you have implemented the bonding exercise discussed in our Training Foundation post. You must make the phone fun for kitty. Use the speakerphone option when talking on it. Let kitty sniff and paw at the phone. Do Not let kitty chew on the cords. If there’s an answering machine, let it answer calls. All these things will cause kittys’ interest to be peaked. Once kitty is comfortable with the phone, you can begin training. First you’ll want kitty to turn on the speakerphone. Put kittys’ paw on the speakerphone button and gently press down while saying, “Call for help, or Emergency”. Repeat this step while gradually calling for kitty to come and press the speakerphone button even when kitty’s nowhere near the phone.

 Raena learning to dial the phone.

As me said, our training is always evolving; so mommy now uses a preset emergency button instead of the old dialing of 911. All phones allow numbers to be programmed in for the speed dial option. Mommy recommends using the number 1 spot for 911 programing. Typically all one needs to do to complete a speed dial call is to press the assigned number and the speakerphone button. So this step cuts down kitty having to learn 4 pushes to only 2. It’s easier for large pawed animals. It also lessens the chance of accidental number pushes by large paws. When you are ready to train kitty to dial 911, DISCONNECT the phone from the jack. It’s a crime to call 911 without having an actual emergency. And it takes away valuable time and resources from those who have an emergency. So let’s get on with it.

 Raena learning to dial the phone.

Gently push kittys’ paw on the number 1 and then speakerphone while saying, “Call help”. Repeat this step daily for 10 to 15 minutes in the morning and night. That means kitty will get two training sessions a day. Once kitty can successfully push the buttons by themselves, reprogram the number with a friend or family member who can assist you with the next step. Ask kitty to call for help. When your friend or family member answers the phone, they should say, “911 what’s your emergency.” This will get kitty used to having someone answer their call and let them know what they’ll be hearing. Since you are pre-programming the number, you can choose who your emergency contact is. You might prefer a family member over 911. Whoever your choice, just make sure the number is programmed in so that it’s easy for kitty to remember. Always reward kitty with lots of praise and extra love during training sessions.

 Raena learning to dial the phone.

When kitty proves to be consistent with their calling for help, check with your local dispatchers for a less busy and stressful time to actually call them so kitty can get the full experience. Check with your local phone company and/or emergency dispatchers to see if they can add instructions to your number for emergency dispatch. When our number comes up on 911 calls, it says to send an ambulance if there’s no response or just meows. Remember training is all about consistency and repetitiveness. Calling for help isn’t something kitty will have to do often, so you must maintain kittys knowledge and ability with continued training. And remember to always reward kitty with lots of praise and extra love during training. You’ve got to keep it fun and rewarding for kitty. 

 Dezi and Raena lay on cat scratchers

Well that’s it in a nut shell. How long it takes depends on your kitty and whether or not you are committed and consistent. And how successfully you implement mommys Training Foundations. We’re runnin’ outta questions to answer, so ask what you will and we’ll give it our bestest answer. Next week we’ll be dealin’ with our shower duties, so stay tuned. In da meantime, have a pawsum day. 

 

 

Is there something specific you would like to train your kitty or doggy to do? 

Would you want your kitty or doggy to answer the phone?

 

 

Till da next time……………………………………Be Blest!!!

 

Service Cat Training Posts

1. What to look for    2. Training Foundation   

3. How to Train Kitty to Massage    4. Smelling Disease   

5. Do You Need One    6. Who Bears the Cost   

7. Housing Laws and Exceptions   

8. Accommodations and Common Sense 

9. What Happens When the Handler Dies    10. Proper Training Methods

11. Proper Training Methods Pt. 2    12. What’s the Easiest Task to Train 

13. Getting Kitty Ready for an Outing    14. Stop Counter Surfing Kitty 

15. Internal Disputes 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

Deztinee and RaenaBelle 

About Deziz World

My name is Deztinee. I am a Ragdoll. I was born 11/1/2009. I am a service cat along with my sisfur RaenaBelle, also a Ragdoll, for our disabled human mommy. My sisfur Raena was born 4/21/2016. In March of 2016, mommy and I had to say goodbye to my mentor Alexandra (Lexi), a black tabby born 4/29/1999. This blog is about our daily life from the kitty's point of view. We were both rescued from bad situations and our mommy raised us and trained us to be service cats. I want this blog to be interactive and get to know all of you, so comment and visit often. I will also offer advice, training tips and education when possible. Copyright © 2014 - 2017 {Audra High via Deztinee High and RaenaBelle High} All Rights Reserved All personal content (story's, poetry, etc., videos and music) are the property of the human behind Deziz World, and may not be used, copied or otherwise re-published without prior written permission/consent from the author (A. High-the human behind Deziz World). We have an amazon.com wish list and a PayPal account if you would like to help/donate to us.

Posted on October 17, 2016, in Educational, Human Speak, Service Cats, Training and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 62 Comments.

  1. How would mom train Raena to call 911 if she were incapacitated? Cheddar has learned to press things. We’re going to get a 1-button device to call 911. He should pick up pressing it pretty easily. I just learned from your post to cue that behavior with “call for help.” (Thanks!) I’ve been thinking I’ll have to fall over repeatedly to practice cuing him to call on his own if I’m “out.” MOL!

    Thanks for sharing training tips!

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    • MOL Yeah, mommy does spend a bit of extra time on da floor durin’ trainin’ sessions. But she says it’s so worth it, knowin’ we’re here to help her. We’re not sure we unnerstand your question tho’?. Once da behavior is learned in respawnse to an action or actions, kitty should have da same respawnse whether you instruct them too or not.? We’ll look fur your email and try to clarify, as we do want to be helpful ifin we can.

      Luv ya’

      Dezi and Raena

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  2. I missed this the first time around. You answered all my questions!! Thanks.

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  3. Well, mama is amazed and astounded at your prowess, Raena, but even moreso at you MAMA’S ability as a teacher. Thank you for such an informative blog about emergencies.
    I think I’m still in the “go lie down, Loulou” stage when I am about to sit on a head, but I DO lie down when I hear “Lie down” and I DO go away from their heads to lie down somewhere else. And I go on the john. Maybe that’s something but I wish I could do Raena’s things.

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  4. MrJackFreckles/Pipo & Minko

    That is furry usefur training! Wow! That could even be adapted to train a doggy with:)
    Thank so much for sharing your method with all of us.

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  5. Dezi and Raena, mew two ladies are truly remarkable, we really love today’s post and we will be asking the P.A. to start training asap.

    Can’t wait until next weeks post…. BTW mew’re both looking beautiful today 😀

    Purrs

    Basil & Co xox

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  6. It is a great idea that you’ve contacted dispatch to alert them of your situation. The last thing you need to worry about is them thinking you’re a “prank” call.

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    • Dat’s why it’s a crime to call 911 ifin you don’t have an emergency. Even ifin they think you’re a purrank they still have to send out emergency purrsonel.

      Luv ya’

      Dezi and Raena

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  7. best fishez two ewe raena in yur trane ing ~~~~~~ ewe & dezi iz WAY smarter than uz, N patient two….even when me waz a wee one ta start lurnin…any thing…knot sure eye wooda…ore coulda…..eye am all wayz two buzzed up…ya noe ~~~ ♥♥♥☺☺☺ tuna of moon

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  8. What an informative post. We never thought about kitties being trained to dial the phone.

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