Why cats are difficult to train – Part 28

Cats are that very interesting race of intelligent beings that, while purrfectly happy to co-exist with us mere humans, doesn’t really need us in their lives.

It seems they put up with us because we are so easy for them to train. We provide somewhere warm and safe to sleep, enough food to diminish the need to hunt into a play activity and entertainment on demand. All they have to do is occasionally look in our direction or, if feeling particularly generous, rub against our legs, jump into our laps and purrrrrrr…

Even when the cat can’t be bothered with us, we still provide security and a steady meal [and so, quite often, do our neighbours].

One of the main reasons [if we want to get a little technical about it] that cats are hard to train [especially compared to dogs] is that cats are not "pack" animals. They do not form the same co-dependent social groupings as dogs do and so are not "eager to please" or searching for their place in the heirarchy of the family pack. They’re dominant – they know it – we know it – that’s that!

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