Sunday, May 20, 2012

Max on ... Cat Behavior


Let me tell you about The Boys (Bugsy and Knuckes, that is). They can be a hand full. That's for sure. However, I think between my mentoring and HH's split-second reflexes, we have done right by them in shaping appropriate cat behavior. It wasn't always easy though. You do remember this, don't you?




and this?


Here are our keys to shaping good cat behavior:
  • set a good example - e.g., HH never stands on top of the china cabinet or tries to climb into a cupboard when the boys are watching 
  •  if possible, ignore inappropriate behavior, while... 
  •  rewarding appropriate cat behavior (with treats, love, a nice tone of voice) 
  •  be consistent 
  •  be consistent 
  •  be consistent
Currently, HH is working on lengthening her sleeping time—she's just not too fond of getting up every day at 4:00 am. So, when Knuckles and Bugsy try to get up that early, she ignores them. That means she does not twitch, does not move, and does not even breathe when they start moving around. 

She's trying to add 5 minutes of sleeping time every day. Essentially, at the goal time, she waits for good cat behavior—no jumping, no head bumping, no toe biting, etc.—before getting up.  When they are quiet, she jumps from the bed and makes a big deal out of getting up. 

Currently, she has been successful in shaping this one cat behavior by 45 minutes. Eventually, she's shooting for 6:00 am. We'll get there.  

Remember, be consistent and have a great Easy Like Sunday.


23 comments:

Mariodacat said...

Now that HH sounds like one very smart ooman. M thinks she should copy HH's behavior. I told her I was too smart to fall for that trick tho! he he

Hilary said...

I need to take some lessons from hh

Hannah and Lucy said...

We aren't as bad as that but Mum does say it is hard trying to sleep through smacky paws.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Brian said...

WE are very kind here, we always let our humans sleep until 5AM!

Nerissa said...

Yes, yes... consistency is always the key. purrs

Madi and Mom said...

Madi here Bugsy and Knuckles...
I'm older and wiser so let me must suggest a quick hop on HH's bladder if you want her up in a flash.
MOL
Madi...don't tell my Mom I made this suggestion.

Angel and Kirby said...

We are very glad HH does not get on top of the china cabinet or in the cupboards, especially when the boys are watching!

Shawnee the Shepherd said...

I is thinking that mebbe if'n your Sundays wasn't so easy, you might be able to step up the sleeping time a little faster? Just sayin'.

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

now that is some great advice!! Thank you!

Ginger Jasper said...

Great advice.. HH will get there I am sure.. Hugs GJ xx

Cheysuli and gemini said...

We just get tossed out of the bedroom...

Sparkle said...

This is great advice, except... there is no such thing as inappropriate cat behavior! Unless it is Binga doing it.

The Island Cats said...

Our mom says those are some excellent tips, Max. Us, not so much. ;)

Rumpydog said...

Your human is more diligent than Jen. She would try that but eventually nature would call and she'd have to get up anyway. *sigh*

euthymic said...

Thank you for the great tips. It does help to do things in increments rather than try to get it all done in one time:)

Bassetmomma said...

Great tips! Thank goodness HH never stands on top of the china cabinet! LOL! Good luck to your HH and her goal of sleeping until 6:00 am.!

Carolyn said...

If HH slept on top the china cabinet that might confuse the issue.

The Furries of Whisppy said...

Hahaha about the bit about HH not standing on top of the china cabinet!
We hope she makes it to 6am! :)

Nichole said...

nice tips!

What Remains Now said...

45 minutes! That's quite an accomplishment. I hope the boys don't read this. They may take it as a challenge.

Katie and Glogirly said...

So Glogirly's not supposed to walk on the counter either??? haha!
; ) Katie

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

FANGtastic ADVICE!!!

meowmeowmans said...

Great advice, guys! Thanks!