[bksvol-discuss] Re: ot: cats

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.
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kellie Hartmann" <hart0421@xxxxxxx>
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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

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