Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Training Troubles

One of my christmas gifts from the boys is a book entitled Cat Training in 10 Minutes by Miriam Fields-Babineau. I've paged through the book eagerly several times and it seems like a great resource, but unfortunately it's not designed for people in my living situation.

The book is filled with pictures and step-by-step training instructions and that's great. However, the book suggests you conduct the training in a quiet room, free of distractions. It even implies that outdoor training might be a good idea. Well, as you may know, I live in a one bedroom apartment with two rambunctious kittens. Where's the quiet space here?

This evening, Liz and I spent 30 minutes trying to teach the boys to come to us on command. Unfortunately, as soon as we call one and try to give him a treat as a reward, his brother will come and try to snatch the treat away. Or both boys will come at once and they're not coming b/c of the command but because of the treat. The problem is that there are too many distractions and the biggest distraction each boy has is the other one.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hmm... I'd suggest having Liz play with one of the boys in the bathroom (once you get it cleaned up from the residue you were worried about) while you work with the other one, then switch places. Taltos loves bathroom pingpong play, as we discovered today - if you toss a ping pong ball in the bathtub, or if you don't have one just batting it back and forth across the floor, it will probably keep them occupied long enough to work with the other, considering how short the training sessions should be with kitty attention spans.