Oh, poor baby! Our cats do listen to our voice...when they want to. I think I've broken one of them from getting on the table, though. I came up behind her and slapped my hand down on the table right behind her and she flew ten feet in the air and never got on the table again...but I haven't accomplished that with the kitchen counter yet, and I think they like fresh vegetables! If I'm cutting some up and leave them on a plate for a minute, when I come back, there's one of the cats standing over the plate with their face practically right in it! Take care. -- Julie Morales Email & Windows/MSN Messenger: mercy421@xxxxxxxxxxx Skype: mercy0421 Please contact me if I may not recognize your contact info before adding me or I may not add you! Currently in Winchester Regional, Virginia Clear, 73F°(23C°) Wind:Calm Indifference is evil's bodyguard. Without it, evil would have to do a much better job of hiding. Created by WeatherSig v1.10 . http://www.weathersig.com ----- Original Message ----- From: "Kellie Hartmann" <hart0421@xxxxxxx> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Wednesday, August 09, 2006 3:09 PM Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: ot: cats I know what you mean Julie--I can't aim a spray bottle at all. I've found that my cat, who was a rescued stray that nearly starved to death in the past, really doesn't grasp the concept that human mouth noises have meaning. Even very simple words like No or Get Down have no meaning for her. Many cats will ignore what you say to them and you can tell when they do it on purpose, but I'm absolutely certain that my cat doesn't get it. I've found that using gestures works much better with her. If I want her to come sit by me I pat my lap or the couch. If I want her to get down, I clap my hands to get her attention and then gesture at her and at the floor. She's a cat, so of course she doesn't always do what I want, but the visual gestures work much better than screaming at her like a maniac ever did, and it's a lot more pleasant. <lol> We think the cat has damaged hearing because she isn't afraid of loud sounds at all--she'll sit and watch me vacuum from 3 feet away. Kellie To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line. To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.