Training a Cat and other Random Toughts of an Animal Communicator

It doesn’t take a pet psychic to train a cat!!  Cats are very trainable and they enjoy it too.  I’m always intrigued by the sayings: “Well, he’s a cat you know,” or “You can’t train a cat”.  It’s just not true.  It is a different kind of training no doubt.

I don’t think they respond to old school dog training and probably wouldn’t be interested in high level dressage – although one of my cats Buster Keaton does like to hop on with me when I ride Rollie my horse.  Only for about 5 steps!!

Cats respond to structured play like I talk about in my book “Communication with all Life, Revelations of an Animal Communicator.”   I do it successfully with the dogs and it works with the cats here too.  Here is a little video I made:

Training Cats!

In my household, we have lots of cat games we play.  Make no mistake: communication, games and cat training all work hand in hand!!  And yes, I’ve used food to associate with words.  Obviously in the above video they associate lunch with lunch!

I don’t always have to have lunch ready for them – though it’s nice.  90% of the time they do get a big treat.  If I’m handling a lot of things like getting ready for dinner or I have clients coming over, etc.,  I might be a little late on the treat delivery.  Yet, they still come running because they like to be engaged.

Even if you work all day and leave the house early in the morning when it’s dark and come home when its dark, you can still have structured play that works like training and is engaging and fun.  All you need is inventiveness, treats and a hallway!

I’ve included a wonderful article that was in the New York Times about cat training.  The writer Stephanie Clifford had a rogue naughty cat.  She invited Jackson Galaxy from the Animal Planet Show “My Cat From Hell” to help her.

In the article (and there are videos) she eventually leash trains her cat to go on walks.  The article is great because it wasn’t an easy go at first for the writer, yet she stuck to the program and eventually she and her cat created a very enjoyable activity they can do together.

Stephanie Clifford really lays out the steps to training.  And you can see what a wonderful character Jackson Galaxy is and why his methods are successful.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/29/garden/training-a-cat-to-walk-on-a-leash.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1&smid=fb-share

I have found in my years of work that all a naughty cat needs is a little structure.  Please share your cat training experiences here in the comments!

Joan Ranquet, Animal Communicator and author of Communication with all Life, Revelations of an Animal Communicator (Hay House) is the founder of Communication with all Life University. Through private sessions, workshops, teleseminars and speaking events, Joan facilitates a deepening of the human/animal connection. Joan was chosen by MSN as one of the “Top 25 People Who Do What They Love”. Her healing CD, Animal Alchemy Energy Work for Animals and Their Humans, will be out in 2012. Her newest book, “Energy Healing for Animals, Techniques to Enhance the Health, Longevity & Happiness of the Animals We Love” will be also be out late 2012 (Sounds True).   “Animal Communication 101, Simple Steps to Communicate with Animals” is out January 2012.    www.joanranquet.com.

The Kitten Whisperer in the Kitten Chronicles

My Dad was escorted out by my mom, relatives and plenty of angels at about 4:05 a.m. this morning. It was very peaceful as in one minute he was breathing, the next minute he was not. He slipped into a coma at about 8:30 pm last night.

Nightly, Dad always announced his homecoming to humans, dogs, cats (the horses in the distant barn) – well really, any being that was listening by saying: “the meal ticket is home”. It was the heartwarming funny of the house. Well, the meal ticket is home.

Both my parents were big animal lovers and we were fortunate to have them all around us. I am fortunate now to have this very silly/sweet entertainment.

Even though life has changed dramatically on this end, I am keeping my plans for teaching in Florida – see you there!!

www.joanranquet.com.

 

YouTube – Olivia the kitten whisperer and other reminiscent moments in the kitten chronicles

YouTube – Olivia the kitten whisperer and other reminiscent moments in the kitten chronicles.  This little video is only a minute long – a minute over a month ago. Hard to imagine they have grown this much. Funny that they recognize the little audible squeeks and as I have replayed this video the kittens look at me like “where is that kitten?” Oh they are funny. Did I mention that Olivia is the best Kitten Whisperer ever? And we know Isabella has maintained her Aunty Belly status.

As I say in my description of the video – we are in leap stage. We are thankfully not pulling ourselves up on everything by shredding. However, all curtains are potentials for a chinese fire drill. Now everyone is sweetly sleeping.

Each of the kittens are going to be part of the “what’s in a name?” contest on my website. I’m having the best story of how an animal either picked his/her name or whether the name fits the animal…..this contest will be announced in my newsletter and will be judged by my Communication with all Life University students. And there are great prizes I might add!!

To get on the mailing list and check out the details: www.joanranquet.com.

Goodnight. More Kitten Chronicles tomorrow!!

YouTube – The kitten chronicles

YouTube – The kitten chronicles

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Please view the Youtube – The Kitten Chronicles…..It’s a very cute, sweet and to the point moment with the kittens. They are at that age that they have to go. At least a couple…..this has been interesting because I know in my heart of hearts there are perfect situations for these kittens. I have loved and adored them. They are outstanding – each of them have a personality…..each of them can play or sleep independently , each of them can play with each other…..they come running to me especially but are curious and accepting of all people and they LOVE dogs.

Their mom came to me as a ferral barn cat. Okay – that SO didn’t happen. What has happened as I’ve written about previously (scroll down) there is a chance that Francesca (momma kitty) is the cat reincarnated that disappeared 2 years ago. So just as a recap – I got Francesca on the two year anniversary of Alexandria’s departure.

And she was pregnant. And when I got Alexandria – my friend Jenni Hetrick and I dispersed Alexandria’s kittens so fast, I still regret not keeping one.

These kittens are not barn cats. Or Ferral. So my greatest hope for them is that they go where they are loved. As much as I’d love to say I’ll keep them all, the reality is – there may be better places for them. This is a brutal reality in terms of wildlife where I live. I will keep them if that is our fate – as I LOVE them and adore them and feel like we suffer from an abundance of cuteness around here. Yet, if a situation that is better than us presents itself – then it’s meant to be.

The kittens from left to right are Madeline, Henry, Lance, Buster Keaton, Queen Latifah and Tony Robbins.

All from the lovely mother Francesca……of course my dog Olivia is officially the Kitten Whisperer and my other dog Isabella is Auntie Belly.

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