by Josie Kafka
Well, now there’s a book for that: The Trainable Cat by John Bradshaw and Sarah Ellis.
Slate writer Mara Grunbaum gave the advice a whirl, and her article is worth reading for all cat lovers and cat servants. First of all, it’s hilarious. Second of all, she talks about some of the strategies for changing your cat’s behavior in detail, and it sounds like they really work (if you’re willing to put in the effort).
I haven’t read it. I don’t plan to read it, as I’ve given up all hope of free will and autonomy in my own home. I choose to love my overlords, and I bask in the possibility of their love for me while understanding that the will of the gods is unknowable. My submission is a sign of my faith. My devotion is measured in arm-scratches. And—hold on—Duckling is eating my shoe. So I’m signing off for now.
This Week in Cats is a weekly (more or less) post about all things cat-related. The nature of what “related” means in this context will be determined by Sam T. Cat and his plucky sidekick, Josie Kafka. The nature of what “cat” means is unknowable to human brains; all we can do is read, hope for enlightenment, and provide more boxes for them to play with.