A reward-based teaching method is used to shape behavior -- the mutual trust that this engenders benefits all aspects of the cat's relationship with its owner. The games are appropriate for cats and kittens, helping to keep them fit and stimulated at all ages.
I was excited to receive this book because more often than not I am remiss in doing a ton of interactive play with Cody. I often feel guilty about that. Yes, we do the wand toy thing, but that is about it!
Cody is naturally athletic (even with his jelly belly he has always been an athletic cat). He is also out-going, fearless and curious. There are some brain games where they have you teach the cat to stand on his hind legs to get a treat, etc., Cody does that naturally. I imagine if I had this book when he was much younger I could have turned him into a circus kitty!
"I can't wait to watch her
try and "train" or "teach" me
This is gonna be GOOD!!"
My favorite chapters were:
CHAPTER 4-GAMES FOR LESS ACTIVE CATS
CHAPTER 5-GAMES FOR MORE ACTIVE CATS
CHAPTER 8-GAMES FOR EXTROVERTED CATS
CHAPTER 6-GAMES FOR CREATIVE OWNERS
This chapter featured some box games. Feeling motivated I grabbed a couple of boxes that were in the house, cut some holes and did my own variation.
|Cody watches the preparation take place|
After cutting holes, I brought treats out, threw them in and let Cody do his thing!
Brain Games for Cats is definitely a book that I will keep and refer to for fun ideas that will challenge Cody and keep his mind and body active. I definitely suggest that you make it a part of your "Cat Library" in YOUR "Castle" as well!!
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