Meowllo and welcome to another Miserable Monday. Dat means it’s time fur another educational Service Cats posty. It’s also Labor day here in da U.S., and we gotta tell ya’ we seriously thought ‘bout lettin’ mommy have da day off. You know, no laborin’ on labor day?. But we got some great questions from our last Service Cats posty, so we thought we’d give ya’ some answers. Let me say dat some of da training questions we’re bein’ asked apply or can/should apply to all cats, not just Service Cats. We are covering them under the Service Cats posts, because Service Cats must be well behaved in general. Training a Service Cat isn’t just training the specific duties they will perform, but also good behavior. As with all our educational posts the following will be written in human English. Ifin you’ve missed any of da posts in this series, you can ketch up by clickin’ da links below.
Part 3: https://dezizworld.wordpress.com/2016/07/06/service-cats-how-to-train-kitty-to-massage-without-claws/
Part 9: https://dezizworld.wordpress.com/2016/08/15/service-cats-what-happens-when-the-handler-dies/
Now that you’re all caught up, let’s see what today’s question is. Awnty Jean, Shoko and Kali from the Canadian Cats asked, “How long does it take to train the average kitty to perform an “action” properly? And “Is there something they learn quicker than others, and why?” Well now those are great questions. Initially the first thing you want to train any cat/kitten is to know and respond to their name. We’re not trying to be “smart” with this answer. But before any training can commence, it’s important that kitty, doggy, whatever animal you’re dealing with knows their name and will respond to it. This can take anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days. Mommy doesn’t allow anyone to call us kitty kitty. The reason for that is because kitty is not our names and it’s very important that we respond to our names every time. As a result of this we do not respond to anyone who says “here kitty kitty”. And yes, any cat/kitten can be trained to respond when called by their name.
Now, we know this isn’t the answer awnty Jean was truly wondering tho’. She wants to know about those specific tasks we’re trained for like calling 911, massaging mommy or driving her wheelchair. So, we’ll address that now. First, every kitty is different, even within the same breed. Knowing that, you can’t expect each kitty to learn at the same pace. For instance, me was 3 weeks old when me came to live with mommy and sis Lexi, and me started alerting mommy that she was going to pass out within a couple of days. Sis Lexi had always known mommy was going to pass out, but she never alerted to it until watching me do it for about a year. And then suddenly one day, sis Lexi started alerting mommy too. So you could say it took sis Lexi 11 years to learn that task and me, 2 days. But in all fairness, mommy had never thought about training that particular task so she never asked that of Lexi, nor trained her for it.
Dat’z da spot mommy. How ’bout you, am I’z gettin
da right spot on your leg here?
Mommy says probably the easiest task to train a kitty to perform is massage. How long does it take to train a kitty to do this? Because it’s an instinctive behavior, it usually only takes a few training sessions before kitty performs perfectly. Remember, Raena was doing this her first night with mommy. It took me a couple of days to learn, and about 2 weeks to learn the specific areas me was to focus on. Now this brings us to another question and a few replies we’ve received. Let’s address the replies first. Several of you said that you had kitties that started out without their claws but eventually those claws came out and of course the massage is no longer enjoyable. Remember we told you that any massages should be performed in a place that was secure for kitty in the event they lost their sense of balance, etc.. The reason kitty loses balance or those claws come back out is because kitty has entered a state of “Euphoria”. That means kitty has entered a state of extreme pleasure and is no longer thinking; they are lost in the moment. A light tap on the paw will rouse kitty and cause the claws to retract again. You can also try speaking to kitty. If you choose to speak, do so in a quiet and calming voice. Mommy will say things like, “Claws in”, “That hurt a bit”, “Thank you”, “That’s enough”. Remember, Training is all about Repetition.
While we’re on the subject of massage, we need to address another question we got about this. We were asked how to train a kitty to massage in the first place. Meaning, they believe their kitty doesn’t know how to knead at all. Altho’ the possibility for this is exists, especially for bottle fed hand raised kittens, it’s not likely. Kitty is kneading, you just aren’t seeing it. Let’s explain this action and the reason for it. When a kitten is born, ideally they will have a mother cat to raise them. When kitty gets ready to eat, they will latch onto the mothers teat and begin to suckle. This action is then followed by gently kneading around that teat to make more milk come out. If you’ve ever milked a cow, you know that after pulling the teat and dispensing milk, you push up and into the udder of the cow before pulling it back down. This motion allows the teat to fill up with the maximum amount of milk to dispense. Even a kitty who has never fed from a teat will still knead instinctively just like purring. They just may not do it as much or in the open.
So, you believe your kitty doesn’t know how to knead; can you train kitty to do so? The answer is Yes. Remember, this action is instinctual. You just need to get kitty to perform the action around you and for you. This is the point at which an outsider will think you’re crazy, because you’re going to have to get kitty to that Euphoric state before they knead. Think about the things that cause your kittys’ motor boat (purr) to rev up. Mommy used to be able to just look at sis Lexi even from across the room, and she would turn on her purr box so loudly that things around her shook. She would get so excited she would knead the air if she couldn’t get to mommy. I prefer for mommy to rub my chin and coo at me. Mommy will say things like, “I love you Dezi, You’re my sweet angel girl, You’re my beautiful blue eyed angel, Mommy loves her baby, Sweet Dezi,” or she’ll sing the made up songs she sings to me. Let me tell ya’, nothing gets me going faster than mommy singing sweet songs to me. So, once you’ve found kittys’ trigger, keep them going, they will eventually start kneading. Again, they’ve reached that Euphoric state and all actions they perform now are totally instinctual. It’s not uncommon for any kitty in this state to drool as well.
Another option to train kitty is to give them a blanket, bed, throw, etc. made of plush fabric or faux fur. Most kitties love the feel of these materials and automatically knead them. Me has torn up at least one blanket a year, a throw and 2 cat beds. Me can knead those with me’s claws much to mommy’s chagrin. But she allows it because me doesn’t use me’s claws on her.
So to sum up our answer to today’s question, the easiest task to train a kitty is massage because it’s taking advantage of an instinctual action. Because it’s instinctual, kitty is eager to learn. Training kitty to massage (knead) a specific area can take as little as a few hours to a few months. It takes less time to train a kitten than an adult, but both can be trained.
Well now, me’s gonna wrap it up and see ifin me can’t get mommy to take me fur a stroll later. Purrlease feel free to ask your training questions or any other questions you might have in da comment section, or you can email us via our contact page. And by da way, those emails are private. We’re da only ones dat can see them. We hope you all have a relaxing Labor Day. And by da way, mommy said da foto above was one of her favorites cuz Raena and me were sleeping peacefully together on da cat tree.
Do you (does your kitty) knead anything in particular besides your human?
Do you (your kitty) have a favorite blanket or bed?
Have you had to replace anything because kitty kneaded it to death?
Till da next time…………………………..Be Blest!!!
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Deztinee and RaenaBelle
OMC Mommy, da weekend is finally here. Me thought it was never gonna get here. And what do you think ‘bout the pain in me’s hiney lil Raena jumpin’ in da shower yesfurday like she was gonna help you or somethin’? (shakes head) Me’s tellin’ ya’ dat kid sometimes thinks she’s too big fur her own bloomers. Did you see her try to take dat treat outta me’s mouth da other day? And what’s up with her constantly dirtyin’ up me’s pawdee box. Doesn’t she know da other pawdee box is hers? She has no respect mommy. Me’s tellin’ ya’, me thinks you made a mistake or somethin’. Can we return her?
Return me? Too big fur mines bloomers? Y, Sis Dezi I’s just wanna be like you. I’s wanna do everythin’ da same way you do. You’s minez hero. Mines amazingly pawsum big sisfur.
Layin’ it on a bit thick don’cha’ think Raena?
Whatever do you mean sissy? (Raena meows with a look of concern on her innocent face)
Alright girls, enough. I’ve got a migraine. (Dezi and Raena both scurry to give mommy a massage before the other, and then a small game of whacky paw ensues over who was there first) Girls!!! You can each massage a side. Now Dezi, we are blest to have Raena in our lives. She loves you and looks up to you, just like you did with sis Lexi all those years ago. And Raena, you need to learn not to jump on sis Dezi constantly, especially when she’s in the pawdee box. That’s just not nice. And do you remember when you bit your tail the other day and yelled? Well, don’t be biting sis Dezi’s tail. Just because it doesn’t hurt you, doesn’t mean it don’t hurt.
Yeah Raena, what mommy said.
Well same to you sis Dezi.
(Both head for the top of the cat tree and the showdown commences.)
Ifin ya’ can’t see da video, purrlease click here.
Yes, me always wins da showdowns. Me’s da Queen, and me was here furst. Fur those of ya’ wonderin’, we don’t use our claws or teeth durin’ any of these play fights. So rest assured no kitty’s bein’ hurt. Fank you fur your concern, but mommy wouldn’t stand fur actual fighting and/or hurting from either of us. Anyways, we’s joinin’ Rascal and Rocco and their pawsum co hosts fur da weekly Pet Parade. Get your questions in fur our next Service Cat posty, and don’t furget da Pawlympics. You only have a couple more days to get your fly fishin’ fotos in to us. Oh, and we have a winner fur our Customizable Pet Bowl. Mommy remided me dat me furgot to announce da winners of our last give away, so we didn’t wanna do it again. Anyways, Concats awnty Cindy and Maggie Meme, you’re gonna luv your new bowl.
If you have fur siblings, do you like to play fight?
If you have play fights, who wins?
Till da next time……………………………………..Be Blest!!!
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Deztinee and RaenaBelle
Well meowllo everypawdy. Me’s runnin’ really late today and it’s all cuz of da weather. It’s like Spring furgot she was supposed to be here and Winter came back fur his bags and decided to stay a while. And it’s not just here, lots of you are having da colds and some of you even have snow. OMC All day yeafurday was dark as night and we just knew somethin’ big was about to happen. So ’round dinner time there was da loudest boom me thinks me’s ever heard, and then da skies opened up and da rains fell. Da wind was blowing so strong dat mommy’s wind chimes was singing non stop. And then came da pellets of ice beating down anything in their path. They were hitting da roof, da walls, da windows and da ground with such force me actually thought they were gonna break thru any minute. So to answer da burnin’ question on your minds…Yessiree, me was scared and hidin’ out behind da chair.
At 5 o’clock this meownin’ mommy finally decided we should try to go to bed and get some sleep. Da storm seemed to have died down so all was quiet. Mommy gathered me up and turned off da lights and to bed we went. We always say our purrayers befur goin’ to sleep so once we settled in we began to purray. Befur we could even get half our purrayers said da storms started ragin’ again. And this time they were even louder. You know, no tee-vee to help mask da sound. You guessed it, me hauled me’s purretty little kitty girly hiney right off da bed and down da hall behind da chair again. Mommy didn’t move, and suddenly me realized me was all alone behind dat chair in da living room. So me came slinkin’ back to da bedroom and mommy. Me crawled under da bed while mommy finshed purrayin’; and then we both just laid there fur what seemed like hours just listening to da raging storm. Mommy cooed at me from da bed and me quietly mewed back at her from under da bed. Around 8:30 this meownin’ da storms finally calmed and me joined mommy on da bed so we could both finally get a little sleep.
After walking around on mommy’s chest a bit and swooshing me’s tail in her face a few times, me cuddled up next to mommy and we drifted off to dreamland; only to be jolted awake less than an hour later when da storms started up again. Da only good thing ’bout all these storms is dat mommy didn’t have da chance to rest long enough to freeze over, so she didn’t have to wait on me to get around this meownin’. Dat coulda been a long wait cuz coaxin’ me out from under da bed fur brekky took an hour. We can’t rely on mr. weatherman fur accurate repurrting so we’re not sure how long this is goin’ to last. We’ll be around to visit as soon as we can. We’re sendin’ purrayers fur all of you. Stay safe and warm and dry. The storm is still raging on here.
Has Spring come to your area yet?
Till da next time…………………………………Be Blest!!!
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Well Furiday is here and we’s all welkumin’ in da weekend. We was gunna take today off, but it’s another special day in da Cat Blogosphere so we kuldn’t let it go wiffout sayin’ a little sumfin’. You know when we got started in Blogville we knew absolutely nuffin’. We don’t member exactly how we furst found out ‘bout BlogPaws or da Cat Blogospere, but we found ‘em purretty early on. While BlogPaws is a community fur all pet bloggers and has things like conventions and such; da Cat Blogosphere is a smaller group of just us Cat bloggers.
Da Cat Blogosphere is a place where we can go and link up and see other cat bloggers posts as well. It’s a place dat lists all da special days we celebrate here in Blogville. And when there’s a birthday or blogoversary or even a death, you know you can count on it bein’ posted at da Cat Blogosphere. But hey, it’s not run by a machine. Sumpawdy has to be respawnsible fur puttin’ all dat infurmation together and postin’ it fur all of us to see. And let me tell you, it’s not an easy job. We only have our blog to keep up wiff and we get behind and furget things here all da time.
We thought we shuld give a little background ‘bout da Cat Blogosphere cuz altho’ we found it early on, we’s recently talked wiff more than a few kitty bloggers who didn’t know it was here. Paw on any Cat Blogosphere in red to go right on over and check it out fur yous self. Ifin you have any special days you want listed on da calendar, all you have to do is submit ‘em. You know like birthdays, gotchadays, blogoversaries and da like. And dat brings me back to da part ‘bout it not bein’ a machine. There’s a real live purrson who takes care of all those calendar listings and postin’ da daily link up.
Who’s dat you ask? Y it’s Little Isis’ daddy Mo of course. And da special day me was talkin’ ‘bout earlier? Well today be Mo’s birthday. Dat’s right, da cat man behind da Cat Blogosphere is havin’ a birthday. We wanna say a meowsy big Fank You Mo. You’s membered to list our blogoversary yesfuday and our birthdays and gotchadays too. Just as you member fur all da other cat bloggers. We also wanna wish ya’ a very Happy Birthday. We sure hope it’s Purrfect.
As we do wiff every post, we’s linkin’ up at da Cat Blogosphere today and we’s also joinin’ Rascal and Rocco fur da weekly Pet Parade. Go by and give Mo a meow and a purr, we know he’d purreciate it. Keepin’ up wiff all us kitties is a lot of work, and he duz a great job of it.
Do you member how and how far into your bloggin’ career you found out ‘bout da Cat Blogosphere?
Till da next time…………………………………..Be Blest!!!
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Dezi and Lexi with mommy A
Well it’s day 2 of da 3 day quote challenge, so we have another insightful posty fur ya’. Course it’s only insightful ifin you think so, but me’s gunna try. We just luv da Golden Rule dat we posted ‘bout yesfurday and we’s not sure we can top it. But furst let me give ya’ da rules of da challenge.
1. Post fur 3 consectutive days
2. Choose and share 1 to 3 quotes each day
3. Challenge 3 additional bloggers each day.
And we’s sure we missed it sumwhere but surely ya’ need to thank and link back to da blogger who challenged you. So fanks again Menagerie Mom of Four Legged Furballs. And we’s leavin’ da challenge open to whoever wuld like to post. Just follow da rules and have fun.
So now on wiff our quote. Mommy used to watch this show called Designing Women. Sum of ya’ might be old enuff to member it. Anyways, there was an episode dat contained a quote dat mommy luvved. So much so she still members it today. It was sed by da character Minnie who was a guest fur dat episode. And afur anypawdy gets their panties in a wad, we wrote it just like it was sed; no catifyin’ of da quote. Da quote is:
We ain’t what we should be, We ain’t what we gonna be, but at least we ain’t what we was.”
Mommy sez dat be very powerful when ya’ fink ‘bout it. Everything and being on this planet is in a constant state of change; hopefully fur da better. So dat’s our quote fur today. We’s got mommy’s monthly doctors pointment today, so weez’ll be round to visit as soon as we can. Da weather has been really nice and warm, but of course it turned cold last night, so weez’ll be bundlin’ up to stay warm. Mommy sez me has to go now so we can get ready. We hope you’re all stayin’ warm and safe and havin’ a gweat day.
Do you think you’re changin’ fur da better each day? Ifin not, what kuld you do to change dat?
Till da next time……………………………………….Be Blest!!!