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How to teach an old cat new tricks?

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Anyone got any good cat flap training tricks for an old timer?

She's now happy coming in and out with the flap fixed open, but she's not
too keen on pushing it herself (I put this down to typical feline laziness).
22nd Jun 2008, 17:37   | tags:,,,,

rhys says:

I don't think we've ever had any trouble with ours so can't really help.

Have you picked her up and placed her through the flap 'manually' yourself so she gets the idea?

22nd Jun 2008, 17:59

Yes, she's going in/out whilst it's open without any problem, but doesn't look at all impressed if we shove her through when it's closed!

She's 13 (we inherited her from a friend) and therefore rather stuck in her ways! This is the first time she's had to use a cat flap, so it's obviously quite a traumatic experience for her!

22nd Jun 2008, 18:01

nige says:

how about gradually lessening the hole so she gets more used to physically touching the door of the flap? you could drop it a cm or two every day or so...

22nd Jun 2008, 18:10

spongevid says:

I suggest just closing the flap and shoving her through it, though that is probably not a very good method for both general animal caringness or for a relatively old moggy, so probably best not to try that!

22nd Jun 2008, 19:05

Dhamaka says:

I reckon she knows what to do. Ours are just lazy. They'd rather wait for you to open the door than use the catflap if they can possibly help it. The same is true for gates, windows and on occasion they'll even wait to be put on a chair

22nd Jun 2008, 20:17

hildegard says:

Chances are she'll use it in extremis but yes, at that age, you'd best resign yourself to politely letting her in & out a fair bit...

22nd Jun 2008, 20:48

We're going to try the gradual approach like Nige mentioned, this seems to be the most suggested method online!

The main reason we've got a cat flap 2 years after having her is because she wants to be outside in the summer, and despite still having a litter tray in the house, she refuses to use it if she's in the house over night, so we keep having to clean cat crap up! Not the ideal way to start your day!!

Plus we're going away next week and she'll only have visitors to feed her once, maybe twice a day - hopefully desperation/the lure of the garden will persuade her to use it herself!

22nd Jun 2008, 22:17

Essitam says:

D - yes she's bloody lazy too - will quite often sit and stare at the door I'm sure she thinks she has Jedi powers because if she doe it long enough it often opens *magically*

Vid - If she was a younger cat I'd vote for your method :D

22nd Jun 2008, 22:32

nige says:

i should be a cat owner!

22nd Jun 2008, 23:58

Essitam says:

This picture makes me realise how much teh kitchen needs decorating
Guess what were doing when we get back from HesFes - The paint is in the shed!!

23rd Jun 2008, 09:43

JokerXL says:

When she's hungry enough she push it open, believe me.

27th Jun 2008, 20:45

FilbertFox says:

it took our cats 2 weeks to get the hang of it! I did the push front paws and nose out method.

29th Jun 2008, 14:57