Welcome to lesson Two
Making Sure they let you “help” at Mealtimes
The most important thing for every cat hoping to train his humans to be a decent
cat slave, pet parent, is…
Make sure they know who’s boss.
This should already be well established before you plan to train them to let you “help” them at mealtimes.
One way to demonstrate you are the boss is to demand that you get fed first. That way, when they get busy in the kitchen with, say, Thanksgiving dinner- your belly will already be full in case they are exceptionally hard to distract.
Next, park at the Keurig (or whatever coffee brewer they have), until they start
your , coffee. After all, cats need the stuff too, and if you’re going to be an effective trainer, you need to get your motor going.
*Just don’t let them see you drinking it*
Extra points if you get lots of cat hair in the cups and on the brewer. Also, pawprints are a nice touch- particularly if guests are coming! And, if the creamer is left out- that means they want you to sample it and make sure it’s safe!
It’s also important to watch for little critters if you’re having a hard time getting into the kitchen. They’re always screaming they’re hungry, so most of the time you can easily slip in if you act like you’re just trying to play with them. Some of them will even stand with the refrigerator door open while they search for forbidden treats, and when they do, you may even be able to hop up into the fridge on the bottom shelf…. and then grab and run!
Now, for the important stuff. On special occasions, when there will be gatherings – like Thanksgiving- you definitely need to be on your best behavior.
(At least as far as the humans know). That way, they won’t think to put you out of the kitchen while they prepare the delicious turkey and pies with whipped cream and other delicacies that you can’t wait to get your paws on.
And don’t forget to make your presence known constantly by winding around the legs of the control person in the kitchen, meowing as pathetically as possible. Sometimes they won’t realize they just fed you ten minutes before and they’ll start giving you samples. If not, wait for them to leave and jump up and grab them for yourself!
You can always claim “Quality Control!”
If you should happen to get caught straddling the abandoned turkey while everyone’s busy in the other room, well,…