Originally Posted by Region2
I wish I could do that but she believes that cats are gods and that we're merely their servants.
My cat joined forces with my girlfriend's cat a few years ago. This could have spelled serious trouble. Fortunately, both being female, they must compete for the favor of the dominant male, Liono, leader of the Thundercats (me). To get anywhere with cats you must present yourself as a cat to them--really get inside their heads and sabotage them with empathy. Tuna Casserole has an intense desire to experience scents, so I often present her with various items to smell--open beverages, forks upon which there was recently food, lip balm, minty toothbrushes, my finger after I've licked it, or clementines. It's a fun game, and it demonstrates to her that I understand her need for olfactory sensations. Sometimes when she watches and sniffs at birds at the window, I come to watch them with her. Indeed, I actually improved my ability to sniff by emulating my cats; it's a highly efficient means of detecting odors, rude though it may be in some settings. I impressed my family by sniffing out bagels from inside a car while passing a bread delivery truck. Like children, cats crave boundaries, so I alternately ladle on affection and then show them who's boss. With Puddin' I mix equal time head bumping and botch skittling. Tuna Surprises likes to fetch rubberbands, but sometimes it's important to mysteriously interrupt the game and smother her. Good luck.