And just for your information – Mom manipulated our catsitters. Of course she had a separate section on treats on her looooooong list of instructions and suggested several ways of making us work for treats. Bah. Why does Mom want us to work for treats? And not enough with puzzles – our live-in maid, Nickisreading , went one step further: she wanted to test our tricks.
Mom was so satisfied with herself that she bragged of our clicker training when she met Nickisreading. We know for example how to high-five, but Mom realized that we’re afraid of her hand when her palm is above our heads. We look like Mom’s going to slap us, and it’s not hard to guess what we may have experienced with human hands in our previous life. So we’re now learning a tougher version of high-five (honestly, we’re dangerous predators and high-five is for sissies!): a gangster greeting ritual ! We knock Mom’s fist, then we look to the right, then to the left and finally knock again.
So this endeavored catsitter wanted us to knock her fist, too! Bah. Tessa did her best to show that we’re indeed dangerous gangster kitties and won’t work on our ritual with outsiders. So Tessa flashed her fangs, but this silly girl didn’t know her own best and pointed on Tessa’s paws.
Hehehe. You can probably guess how this story ended: an injured catsitter on her way to the hospital! And best of all, she left the treat bag on the floor while she screamed in pain and tried to control the bleeding!
(Mom here: you can watch the video here if the embedded above doesn’t work on your device)
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You know when your human is coming home, looks at you and is very excited? And you don’t know what to think, because – um – anything could happen now? She may even turn your home into a farm and expect you to snuggle up in hay? And then you remember that she had been to the library? And last time she was there, she came home with a lot of books on footprints, and you thought that she wanted to help you prey? And that you had to learn the hard way that she only wanted to find out who was walking in the snow, but stuck to her vegetarian diet?
Turned out that she borrowed 3 (!) books on clicker training. Ok, to be fair, she only wants to read one, but needs to flick through the books to decide which. Haha. Good thing she doesn’t know that all books are written by the same author, but published under 3 pseudonyms. It’s of course a genius cat who wrote books for humans to make them believe that they can train cats. Oh, how we’re laughing, what a silly idea! Humans tend to need a reason to give us cats treats, so the real author just wrote a lot of flim-flam to make both sides happy.
Some of you may remember that Mom did some “training” with us at some point, but unfortunately it never became a regular happening. We now had a break for over a year! Her New Year’s resolution was to teach us tricks (well…), so she’s eager to get started. Maybe a bit too eager, hehe.
Tessa here. Thank you for all your support! We’re still struggling to get our most excellent service back, but we’re afraid the days of our 5-star hotel are over. So please take it from us – never letÄitivisit your human!
Äiti was also having a word on treats. Hmpf. We’re glad this woman isn’t a Finnish citizen! Imagine the consequences if she was ever elected to parliament and had legal power over Finland (S)! However, the treat thing wasn’t that bad after all. We normally get treats when Mamma cleans our ears or gives us pills (or at least attempts to, hehe). Äiti encouraged Mamma to start with clicker training. Mamma had been thinking about it for a longer time, but wanted to do some reading first. So typical her – she has often problems getting started, because she wants to become an expert first.
Äiti took some pictures of our first training session. Mamma told her that I’m a bit stupid (eh?), but I proved her wrong. I understood quickly that I had to touch her finger with my nose to get a treat. I’m certainly not stupid, but saving my grey cells for the important stuff. I also thought it was important to show Mamma who’s in charge at this place. You can’t buy a cat’s obedience (really? /Mamma), so I made sure that I didn’t touch her finger every time. Humans feel foolish when they try to get us to do something we won’t do. However, make sure you pretend to obey eventually! Otherwise they’ll stop standing around like a fool with a stretched finger!