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Feature September 2019 Issue

Why It Takes Patience to Teach a Cat Tricks

It’s easier to teach a cat to do a high 5 than you may think, especially since cats like to bat things around.

Why It Takes Patience to Teach a Cat Tricks

It's a matter of evolution and timing.

“When it comes to teaching tricks to a cat, it isn’t that they’re not smart or can’t learn,” says the head of the Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic, Stephanie Borns-Weil, DVM. “They actually can be quite good learners. But you have to teach them how to learn.”

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