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Blog Swap: Cat Trick Videos

Today, I’m pleased to do a Blog Swap with fellow web writer, designer, and blogger Melanie McMinn, an American ex-pat living in New Zealand. Her beyond-beautiful blog The Frugal Kiwi offers great money-saving and DIY ideas on many fronts. So, when I came up with an at-home, free way to cool my laptop, I offered to guest post on her blog in exchange for a guest post here. So, I’m super excited to present Melanie’s insights into training cats to do tricks. The videos are darling!

Training Cat Tricks

Beg, shake hands and high-five are all common tricks for Fido. Easy enough to teach and fun for your dog to learn. But what if you don’t have a dog?

Chamille, the LaPerm, came to us as an ex-breeding queen.

When Sir Ed, the Devon Rex, joined the family, I tried training him as well.

Since Ed prefers causing havoc to eating treats, he’s proved to be a less promising cat to train than Chamille. However, he has trained US to play fetch with him — a common behavior for his breed. Ed’s favorite game is to drop an elastic pony tail holder on my foot and have me fire it down the hall for him. He’ll race after it at breakneck speed, grab it, and bring it back for more fun.


Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related. I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

Stephanie - Wasabimon - November 3, 2009

I trained my cat when I was growing up – my huge tabby tomcat would shake, beg and wave. I never trained my current cats… I think I lost my eight-year-old wherewithall. 😉

Meredith Resnick - October 30, 2009

Aw – I really enjoyed this sweet video. I’m allergic to kitties but find they adorable. Thanks for posting this!

Kerry Dexter - October 30, 2009

what a great cat! never really tried to teach any cats anything, but when I was growing up, we had two cats who always ran to the front window the minute they heard my mother’s car turn the corner at the top of the hill above our house…fun to watch and a good memory

Frugal Kiwi - October 30, 2009

Thanks Roxanne! My darlings look fabulous. It is nice to see them, since I’m overseas at the moment and they are at the kitty spa.

Roxanne Hawn - October 29, 2009

Thanks to everyone for their enthusiasm for Melanie’s super-smart cats.

Pretty much animal animal can be trained using a clicker. That’s how they train dolphins, whales, and even zoo animals so that they are easier to care for and such.

Nancy Monson - October 29, 2009

How clever is this? Who knew?

ReadyMom - October 29, 2009

Cats doing dog tricks, that’s great. I joke around that my dog is part cat (pom mix), but he still can’t do dog/cat tricks other than begging for food.

Sheryl - October 28, 2009

Who knew cats could do dog tricks?? These cats are much better at it than is my dog…when I try to play “fetch” with her, I am the one who ends up chasing the ball while she sits there and watches!

ruth pennebaker - October 28, 2009

These videos are a scream! Loved them.

Almost Slowfood - October 28, 2009

Wow! My family is terrible at training animals. They end up ruling the house. You and Melanie are incredible!

MarthaandMe - October 28, 2009

I didn’t know cats could be clicker trained!

Jennifer Margulis - October 28, 2009

This is truly amazing. I don’t have a dog or a cat but who knew? Maybe these animals need to be in the Guiness Book of World Records? Is there one for non-human mammals I wonder?!

Roxanne Hawn - October 28, 2009

I’m having all kinds of technical bugs this morning, trying to get both photos and both videos to show up. Each time I visit the site, I see something different. So, my apologies, if you see anything weird or missing today. I’ll continue trying to fix so that Melanie gets ALL the flash she deserves.

Just in case. Here is Chamille’s Photo.

Here is Ed’s Photo

And, here are links to their videos:

Chamille Video

Ed Video

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