Wish I could train my cat

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Jim1969
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   Posted 7/11/2009 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a kitten that is about 5 months old I wish I could train him for massage therapy. Every once in a while the cat will jump up on the back of the chair I am sitting in and then place his front paws on either side of my neck. He will then spend up to a minute "walking" in place on my shoulders, neck and upper back and I can't even begin to describe how wonderful that feels. He is just heavy enough and puts just enough pressure on things to dramatically ease the pain in those areas, plus the purring he does while doing this is very soothing.

Ahh if only I could train him to do it more often, but then again if I did I would probably look funny walking around with a cat on my back all the time. smilewinkgrin

kttn251977
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   Posted 7/11/2009 10:07 PM (GMT -7)   
jim, ask your dr about a tens unit. they help with the muscle pain. also a good masseuse is a big help when it comes to chronic pain. maybe consider that luxery, even if once a month. my masseuse went as far as to learn about my injuries so she could work on me better and it really makes a difference. either that or invest in some cat nip. :)
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Littleneck
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   Posted 7/11/2009 11:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there, I usually post in the Fibromyalgia page. I know exactly what you mean. about ten years ago I trained my cat to do that. He started doing what your cat did; it's a natural loving expression. I encouraged him with treats and used a couple key words. And when he heard them he'd climb up on the chair - it was a really nice part of our relationship. Not that I'm a kooky cat lady or anything. : )

BionicWoman
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   Posted 7/11/2009 11:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I actually did train my cats to do that too, using catnip spray on my clothes. They were very confused when I got my SCS and wanted the to stop, though.. LOL

Chartreux
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   Posted 7/12/2009 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with the others, cat treats and catnip are ways used to train a cat..
It is possible, they use food on a clicker spoon to train the kitties in those commercials..
so food and treats are your motivaters for cats...
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WhiteChocChip
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   Posted 7/18/2009 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
better a cat on your back than a monkey I'd say!

Chartreux
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   Posted 7/19/2009 10:21 AM (GMT -7)   
When my lil kitty hears the greenies bag open it's like hyped up super cat!
He sure likes his greenies, the chicken flavored ones...
He really likes the chicken flavored toothpaste too..
I get the toothpaste from the vet and it can be expensive but well worth a healthy/happy cat....
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ladywriter
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   Posted 7/20/2009 10:12 PM (GMT -7)   
My 2 kitties are both good candidates for training. I've joked about training them to massage me in specific locations, but never thought it was possible. From what I've read, the kneading behavior comes as a memory of kittenhood.

I'm going to give it a try. It can't hurt to just try. Since I live alone, except for my little furry family, it could do wonders for my comfort level. Plus, they seem to enjoy it too. They already seem to know when I need extra attention, because when I'm really hurting and can't get out of bed, they're always up on the bed with me. Thanks all for this thread and the idea : )
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BionicWoman
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   Posted 7/21/2009 8:45 AM (GMT -7)   
lotsa dotsa said...
Bionic Woman ... SCS?


Spinal Cord Stimulator :-)
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