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Feature June 2018 Issue

Teaching Your Cat to ‘Sign’

Finding cues that are useful and specific to you and your pet is fine. There are no rules involved! But it’s important to keep sessions short and fun for your cat.

Teaching Your Cat to ‘Sign’

Creating a form of sign language to foster communication with your cat can be a great way to bond, and also helpful in cases of deaf pets or people.

Dr. Doolittle would be intrigued. Can we actually use American Sign Language to talk to the animals, and they to us? Videos that have gone viral would suggest yes. Whether it’s cats seated attentively in a row, responding to American Sign Language taught by their human “mom,” or a polite cat gently touching her owner’s arm as he’s eating and then placing her paw to his mouth to indicate that she wants some of the food, the possibilities such images suggest leave us filled with wonder.

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