Saturday, September 10, 2011
a new trick and a gift
I'm a bit flummoxed as to what to do with Minerva. She is such a smart kitty but she has no impulse control. She can understand me and gets frustrated that I don't understand her and give her what she wants. She's has lashed out a few more times at me, not causing any damage - heck not even close - but I'm not sure if that is because I'm that good at watching her and correcting her before she really gets started or if she has no interest in hurting anyone. Not that I'm going to try to figure that out any time soon - because I have no interest in being bitten.
Just to show you how little I trust her, I still won't pick her up... but I have put both hands on her at one time.
So last night I wasn't sure what she was going to do when I went to feed her. She doesn't want me to walk over to the other side of the room to get the can of cat food, she wants me to just put the food in the dish (no, logic is not her strong suit) and would start to get that "I'm going to smack you" look when I moved in any direction other then her dish, so I wanted her distracted so I could get to the other side of the room. I figured if she was laying down it might give me a few moments and so I patted the floor and said "down" So she sat down. :)
So I patted her and gave a slight push, and said "lay down" and then patted the floor. She went under the couch. so I praised her highly and attempted to get to the other side of the room, but she came right out.
so I kept patting the floor, and after a few moments she laid down. Even flipped her head over to give me her chin. So I praised the living daylights out of her, and patted her and tried to get across the room, but she stood right up. So I said "lay down" and patted the floor and she laid down again. I tried to give her a kitten in hopes of distracting her, but the kitten was too busy playing,
so I put her through a few "ups" and "sits" and "down" "sit" etc. and we got across the room and got food put out.
But I was highly impressed that she learned "lay down" so quickly.
Yesterday also brought me a gift from one of the crew. I'm assuming it is Muffin since this is her favorite type of toy and her favorite sleeping spot (my side of the bed)