May 2007 Issue

How Our Cats Train Us

Surprisingly, giving your cat only occasional rewards for some behaviors can actually intensify his desire to repeat. Here's why.

Dogs may have masters. We cats have staff. Keep this in mind for a happy human relationship." So writes Celia Haddon in One Hundred Ways for a Cat to Train its Human (Hodder & Stoughton, 2001). Do you ever find yourself playing servant to your cat? Maybe you’re working on the computer and your crafty cat lies down across the keyboard to get your attention. It works, of course. Next thing you know, you’re stroking the cat instead of striking the keys

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