Many humans try to train us felines, and then they give up. Then they tell everyone we cannot be trained. That is not true. We felines can learn to do tricks. We just have to want to do them. Too many humans expect us felines to be like canines. Canines will do anything to make their humans happy. Felines need to want to do the things that make you happy.
Many animal shelters are showing how to properly get a feline to do tricks. They are teaching felines to give high fives.
Not only is this fun for both the feline and the human doing it, but it makes it easier for felines to get adopted. Potential adopters see the feline doing fun things, and they know that they are looking at a fun and playful cat. Learning tricks also makes the felines happier during their time in the shelter. And it helps boost their confidence and reduce stress levels.
Humans at shelters say that teaching felines high fives helps shy cats come out of their shells and feisty cats learn to play gently. They also say that it is a lot of fun for the humans, too, because it is so cute!
And now, one of the most well known cat advocates, Jackson Galaxy, is holding a contest. Take a picture of your feline giving a high five. Then post it on Instagram with the hashtag #catpawsitive and tag @thejacksongalaxyproject and @halopets. You can do this through April 19th.
After the contest is over, Jackson Galaxy will choose his five favorite high fives. The winner will choose an animal welfare organization to receive $5,000 and 10,000 bowls of Halo pet food. And the four runners up will get to chose who gets 10,000 bowls of Halo pet food.
Shelters can also choose to join the Cat Pawsitive program, which teaches humans at shelters training techniques for felines. That way, felines at their facilities can get the benefits of learning to do tricks.