Perhaps some readers have trained their cat to walk on a leash (if so, please comment below). In a New York Times piece published three days ago, writer Stephanie Clifford recounts her travails trying to train Mac, her orange tabby, to walk on a leash in New York City. Will she succeed? Read about it in her piece, “Nine lives, one leash,” and watch the NYT video below. (If the video doesn’t play, watch it at the top of Clifford’s article.)
Stephanie had the expert help of Jason Galaxy, the Cat Whisperer from the Animal Planet series, “My cat from HELL.” Galaxy worked in a cat shelter for nine years, and believe me, the guy really knows the psychology of the felid. He’s amazing. Watch an episode or two to see how this guy can tame even the fiercest hellcats in just a few hours.
Some of Mr. Galaxy’s amusing advice for leash-training your kitteh:
We started by settling on Mac’s reward: his favorite treats, meat-flavored biscuits called Greenies. From now on, “the only time you’re ever going to give that treat is when you’re working the harness,” he said.
I also had to make sure Mac was hungry when we started each session, so he would respond to the treats. Cats will not do what you want just to please you, unlike dogs, Mr. Galaxy said. “As soon as he’s full, it’s over.”
That’s why I like cats: their priorities are higher than yours, and if you think differently, you’re just being tricked.
h/t: Grania, Matt