Thursday, March 05, 2015

16 Weird Kitten Facts

16 Weird Kitten Facts

If you dress kittens up in a yellow and black striped jumper, they look exactly like bees.

Kittens have a non-fatal terminal velocity of about 60mph. They can parachute to earth like a squirrel. It's easier to survive if the fall is above 8 stories high.

Entry to the Coombe Park menagerie was either one shilling or a live kitten to feed to the bear-in-residence.

Before the Suez Crisis, Prime Minister of Britain Anthony Eden, supposedly doped up to the eyeballs, consulted a kitten on whether to invade Egypt, in the mistaken belief it was the Foreign Secretary.

A newly born kitten has the equivalent absorbency of a car sponge.

The ground rent set by the Duchy of Cornwall for its tin mines in the 1860s was two kittens, payable twice yearly.

Kittens grow up to be cats.

You can build a simple perpetual motion machine by tying a piece of buttered toast to the back of a kitten and dropping it.

In the early days of television, kittens were taped to actors's chins to simulate beards.

The Danish word for kitten is 'killing'.

94.3% of all kittens are descended from Genghis Kitty, who was leader of the Meowgol Hordes in the 13th Century...

When it rains heavily, we say it is "raining cats and dogs". "Raining kittens and puppies" is the term for drizzle.

If you shave a ginger kitten, it has freckles.

If you say "kitten" three times whilst looking in the mirror, a cute ball of fur with hooks for paws comes and kills you.

Kitten is derived from the latin "Kit" meaning "Cute", and "Ten" meaning "does a poo in your shoe at night".

My kitten's breath smells of kitten food.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

How to Train a Kitten

How to Train a Kitten

There is a common misconception on the internet that kittens and cats are independent creatures who live above the rules of man. Dogs can be trained, sure, but kittens are a force of nature. Right? Wrong.

Kittens can be trained and should be trained. These brief guides will tell you everything you need to know about how to train a kitten in 7 essential life skills.

Mindfulness for Kittens

Does your kitten run wild around your house? Does it fidget in its sleep? Does it whinge to go outside then come right back in again? Sounds like your kitten needs to learn mindfulness.

Step 1: Make deep eye contact with your kitten. This is sometimes called soul-gazing. Your right eye should look into the kitten's left eye.
Step 2: Mirror the kitten's breathing until you are in complete sync.
Step 3: Plonk the kitten down near a Newton's cradle (AKA a cat's cradle).

Step 4: Your kitten finds itself.

Drinking from a bowl

Step 1: Put milk in a bowl
Step 2: Put your kitten near the bowl
Step 3: Film the result
Step 4: Upload to youtube
Step 5: Use the millions of dollars in ad revenue to buy a less awkwardly-shaped bowl. Your kitten will detect the milk and start lapping away at it with no further input from you.

Waterskiing for kittens (optional)

Those who say kittens do not like water have never seen what happens when you turn on the taps of a sink. Anyway, most kittens, if trained at an early age, will take to waterskiing like a fish to a hook.

Step 1: Buy kitten-sized waterskis
Step 2: Attach them to the kitten for 10 seconds
Step 3: Repeat every day for 2 months, gradually lengthening the time per day the kitten spends wearing the skis
Step 4: When the kitten has grown accustomed to wearing the skis, drag him across a puddle.
Step 5: Gradually increase the size of the puddle until it is the size of Lake Geneva.
Step 6: Try with a speedboat.

Basic Peekabooery

Did you know you can train a kitten to understand simple conditional concepts? It's rather like programming a computer:

IF (user presses send) THEN (send email)

The method? Simple.

Step 1: Tickle kitten for 2 seconds. Remove fingers from scratch zone. If kitten reacts in astonishment, reward with a treat. If kitten doesn't react as desired, do nothing.
Step 2: Repeat many, many times until the timing and expressiveness of the kitten's reaction are exactly what you want.

Happy Slapping

Your cute little pet lives in a cold, hard world. You must train it to defend itself.

Step 1: Jab at kitten.
Step 2: Jab at kitten.
Step 3: Jab at kitten.
Step 4: Reward kitten for each successful parry with a treat.
Step 5: Apply ointments and plasters to wounds as necessary.

Playing well with others

Many kittens live in homes with other pets - dogs, guinea pigs, snakes - and the kitten must quickly learn to coexist with them. You must train your kitten to play nicely.

Step 1: Rub catnip on your dog/snake/whatever's head.
Step 2: Kitten will become friends with dog/snake/whatever.

Shopping with kittens

Have you ever been at the supermarket and loaded up a trolley with groceries, but found you wanted to buy even more? Wouldn't it be great if your kitten could help out? Well, with the right training, it can.

Step 1: Buy a miniature shopping trolley
Step 2: Tell the kitten he cannot play with it
Step 3: Set up a hidden video camera
Step 4: Check the footage
Step 5: Voila.

I hope you enjoyed these tips, and I wish you the best of luck now that you know how to train a kitten.

For more information on kitten training, see my brother's blog.