Cats and Learning

Some might conclude from my lack of posts about cats that I’m not interested in cats.  Far from it, indeed my latest novel The Catrobat, features a cat.  Some people claim that you can’t train cats.  Not true, but you can’t train them to do things they don’t want to do.

I have watched cats since I was around 3 years old.  I even took home movies of cats until my mother told me to stop wasting film.  In my novel, The Catrobat, the Captain takes a stick, string, and ball, and trains the cat to become a jumper.  I once did that with a neighbor’s cat. That cat was phenomenal, almost scary.  The first time I dragged the ball on the ground and then flicked it up in the air, that cat jumped ten feet in the air and did a somersault and came down with the ball.  Amazing.  All the credit for that belongs to the cat.

In the following video, the owner set up a camera to find out how his cat and dog got out of the room.  I don’t know which of the names Dexter or Gizmo belongs to the cat or the dog.  The cat is a very methodical cat demonstrating that cats learn what THEY want to learn.

Thanks to MattHirst for posting this video on You Tube.  Hat tip, again to Instapundit.  For more cat antics, see my book, The Catrobat.  

About Richard Rollo

I am a retired Community College Instructor. I taught Political Science 1 American Government for 22 years in Southern California. I am originally from Northern Minnesota. My earliest years were spent in the living quarters of a rural Duluth Winnipeg & Pacific Railway Depot. Then my family joined the great 1950's migration to Southern California where I joined up with fellow baby boomers in overcrowded schools.
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