Siamese cats are known for being intelligent, vocal and almost dog-like in their train-ability. My mom’s Siamese cat is no exception. He sits when we tell him to (enticed of course by a treat), and has now mastered the “high-five” and an approximation of “shake hands.” These days we’re even training him to wave “bye-bye”, too! However, getting him to walk on a leash is still a challenge. While Little Puck now sits patiently as we Velcro him into his harness, he’s determined to set his own agenda for the actual walk. Sometimes that means stubbornly lying down in the driveway and refusing to budge. Or, as you can see from my cartoon snapshot below, it can also mean making a frantic dash away from any perceived danger!
Cartoon Snapshot #1 –
Snapshot #2 –
Back in the safety of the indoors, he’s ever the thoughtful art critic and provides me with much needed feedback…
(And, when he’s not busy knocking things off the dresser, he can get into a very reflective mood, too.)
How do you walk a cat, then? With great patience, humor and your most comfortable running shoes, of course!
P.S. I guess Puck isn’t the only smart cat out there. I’ll be sure to report back as soon as he has learned to play this shell game…