Book: How To Train Your Cat To Promote Your Book - Have Fun With Your Feline, Go Viral In The Social Media, And Sell More Books (Writer's Craft Book 12) by Rayne Hall
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Rayne Hallabout this book: This book is practical, useful, entertaining and fun. If you are an author, promoter or book lover and have a cat (or want to get a cat), you'll find wealthy of inspiring ideas and advice.
Yes, you can train a cat! If the cat wants to. :-)
The key to cat training is to persuade your cat that she wants to train. Once you have her cooperation, you can teach her tricks.
When I say, "Sulu, shake hands" he places his right paw in my right palm.
When I say, "Sulu, scratch" he walks to the scratching post and scratches.
When I say, "Sulu, read" he lies down by the open book, places his paw on the page and 'reads' while I take pictures.
Sulu is an ordinary cat, a moggy I adopted from the cat shelter. If Sulu and I can do it, you can, too.
Just imagine the response you'll get when the photos of your cat reading your books go viral in the social media!
Your cat can perform tricks, pose for photos, walk, turn and lie down as you request... if she wants to.
To train a cat, you need to use cat psychology. The key to success is to persuade your cat (I'll call her Catsy) that training is her idea.
From Catsy's perspective, the question is, 'What's in it for Catsy?' Give her the opportunity to get what she wants by doing what you want.
What does your cat want? Here are some possibilities.
1. YOUR ATTENTION
Many cats crave their human's attention, and go to great lengths to get it, perhaps making loud plaintive meows, jumping on the keyboard when you're trying to write, tossing fragile items off the shelf. Once Catsy realises that training is a sure way to secure your attention, she'll be eager to learn.
If you give Catsy a method to gain your undivided attention (by performing tricks and posing for photos with books) she'll want to do it again and again. There's just one drawback: she may become so eager that she wants to train more than you do.
2. PETTING IN A SPECIAL WAY
Does Catsy like to have her belly rubbed or her ears scratched? Reward her with an ear scratch or belly rub every time she does something you request.
The drawback here is that some forms of petting aren't possible unless Catsy assumes a certain pose. For example, you may have just coaxed her into the perfect photo shoot pose, lying on her belly with her paw on a book's open page, looking like she's reading intently—and before you have a chance to take pictures, she turns over to have her belly rubbed as a reward.
3. PLAY TIME
If Catsy loves to play with a special toy, or with you, then you can reward her with play time.
Ten minutes work earns ten minutes playtime.
The drawback is that Catsy may not want to wait ten minutes for her reward. After performing the perfect pirouette, she wants her catnip mouse at once. And once she's racing around your home with her toy, you may not get her back to work.
4. CAT TREATS
Does Catsy like to eat cat treats? Give her one each time she does something well. When she strikes a cute pose and holds it while you take a photo, when she walks to the spot you point to, when she stands on her hind paws with the red rose in her mouth—pay her for a job well done.
Keep cat treats at hand, in an easy-to-open box.
What's the drawback of using treats? Catsy may earn a lot of them in a single session, and this can get costly for you and fattening for Catsy.
5. FAVOURITE FOOD
Is Catsy keen on prawns, tuna or cheese? She'll quickly learn that lying next to your book with a paw on the open page earns a juicy prawn. Keep a stock of these preferred foods at hand during training sessions, in a container you can open and close with one hand.
The drawback is that Catsy may want her reward immediately after achieving something, and wet food leaves messy stains on books. You may want to use a clicker to tell her she's earned a reward and will receive it later. (See Chapter 5)
Catsy feels good when you praise her for her achievement. Whenever she does something right, give her lavish praise.
If you have a close emotional bond with Catsy, she may want to give you pleasure, and your praise gratifies her. However, what pleases you matters far less than what pleases Catsy.
7. MENTAL STIMULATION
Cats are intelligent animals, and they like to have their minds stimulated. Learning new tricks and posing for photos is an enjoyable activity, especially for a clever cat. Catsy may perform the tasks you set her with a vibrant purr.
Drawback: mental stimulation can be addictive. Catsy may want to train and work more often than you do.
For Sulu, I use methods 1, 2, 4, 6 and 7 (attention, petting, treats, praise, and mental stimulation).
Neighbour's tabby Bosley is such a frequent visitor to my garden that I've started training him as well. He loves it, but unlike Sulu he's in it for only one thing—he wants to be scratched at the base of his tail.
Which rewards would Catsy like? That's what you'll offer to coax her into action.
Allow your cat to think that she is training you.
Many cats regard humans as their servants. Your Catsy may be the type who expects you to provide her every need and cater to her every whim whenever she demands. This attitude actually makes cat training easier, because from Catsy's perspective, she is training her staff.
The first thing I taught Sulu was to use the scratching post instead of the door jamb. Whenever he scratched the post, I said, "good, Sulu, good" and gave him a cat treat.
He caught on fast. He scratched the post with enthusiasm... and then sat there, an expectant look on his face, licking his lips.
From my perspective, I had trained my cat to scratch the post. From Sulu's perspective, he had trained his human to provide treats when he scratched.
We were both pleased with the results.
That's when I got the idea of training my cat. When I told my friends about it, they all said, "You can't train a cat!" But—with Sulu's happy consent—I tried anyway. Sulu has been with me for a bit over a year now, and I'm impressed by how much he enjoys training and what he can do.
"How To Train Your Cat To Promote Your Book" contains step-by-step instructions, expert advice from veterinarian Dr. Pippa Elliot, and photos of Sulu demonstrating the skills.
This book is available in paperback and in Kindle format.
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