Not too long ago someone posted this video to my Facebook page. I was instantly charmed and have viewed it many many many times. So have most people on the internet.
Huh, I thought. I wonder if I could teach B to do that?
For those of you not in the know, B is my Norwegian Forest Cat. She is 18+ years old and has a touch of feline dementia. So basically, I'm wondering if a 90 year old woman, who is a tad off kilter, can learn new tricks.
|Bell? What bell?|
Day two was pretty much the same. As soon as I rang the bell, she perked up, waiting for a treat to be dispensed. I even took her paw several times, rang the bell with it, and gave her a treat. At the end of the 2nd day, she at least was sniffing around the bell once I stopped distributing the treats, but no paw made it to the bell unless I put it there.
This was going to be tougher than I expected. But I was undeterred.
Day 3 was more of the same.
|Don't need no stinkin' bell!|
The next few days it was more of the same. B demanded treats at 8 pm. I rang the bell and gave her one. I picked up her paw, rang the bell, and gave her one. Over and over and over. Not once did she make the connection that she needed to be the one ringing the bell. And why should she? She had me well trained to do it for her.
I left the bell out on the floor 24/7 over the weekend, hoping she'd have a kitty epiphany. I kept the treat can handy so if she did ring the bell at an odd hour, I'd be ready to reward her.
Nothing, except that she laid next to it and took a nap.
So what has this taught me?
1) I'm trainable.
2) My cat is smarter than I am.
3) Einstein was right.