Thursday, June 27, 2013

Personal Space Etiquette For Cats



Hi everyone, Katie here.

Glogirly has always been big on etiquette. Her mom taught her where the right forks and spoons go, how to write a thank you note and how to respect one's personal space.

It's only fitting that I pass on this kind of knowledge to Waffles in his formative years. Keep in mind we're talking about a cat whose table manners include sniffing butts and stealing food. Let's just say the learning curve is STEEP.

So I've been working on the whole personal space thing with him. In the beginning, Waffles had no understanding of the concept. If I was playing with a toy, he'd hijack it right out of my paws with absolutely no hesitation.



A couple months into the nightmare, he began respecting (barely) my personal space, even when a toy was involved. As long as I kept the toy within a 6" radius of me, he'd keep his sticky paws to himself.

Soon we graduated to a full 12".

Currently we're holding strong at a 15" toy radius.



I was hoping for 15 MILES.  Baby steps.





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25 comments:

  1. I am sure you will teach him good Katie.

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  2. Any inch is better than no inch at all!

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  3. My daughter decided to take an after-school etiquette class during the school year. I'm not sure she learned much lol! Maybe they can hire you to be the etiquette teacher next year ;)

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  4. Hm, I don't think Binga ever learned those lessons, Katie! Do you think you could come over and teach her?

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  5. At least he's proving to be teachable ... Fur the moment!

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  6. We thought that the rule was that any toy not directly underneath someone else's paw was fair game. Isn't personal space what the peeps call the bathroom when you barge into it?

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  7. Dang, that Waffles is a slow learner, isn't he??

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  8. We can see why he is learning, the look you are giving him in that last picture speaks volumes!

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  9. Waffles is learning bit by bit,xx Speedy

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  10. You have such a worried look in that last picture, Katie.

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  11. maybe waffles has some european blood in him. i hear their personal space radius is much smaller than americans.

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  12. be glad you get some personal space - we haven't quite figured that out around here :)

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  13. YAY Katie you are making progress with Waffles Too - before long he'll be a purrfect gentlecat!

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  14. I know you will give him a proper education Katie, one way or the other!

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  15. There is always hope, Katie! Any space is better than none :)

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  16. We thought for sure there would be a 15 mile minimum
    Benny & Lily

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  17. dood waffles...we dunno nothin bout math N numberz either...keep up de good werk ;)

    N ree mind yur mom KATIE...when ewe move out N get yur bachelorzz pad ...even if iz 15 blox frum her; her will still call ewe everee day ta chek up on ya

    leest now ewe R savin her sum cell minitz huh ~~~~~~~

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  18. Good job, Katie - as always! The purple collars Abbi and I have been wearing have really cut down on us tormenting each other big time. If you can put up with the smell of chamomile and lavender, maybe you could make Waffles Too wear one.

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  19. Patience Katie, patience. Its a virtue you know! Love Dolly

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  20. Hi Katie, we think that between you and Glogirly, that Waffles will be fully conversant in proper etiquette in a few more weeks. Unfortunately for the rest of us, we're still trying to figure out who gets which armrest on an airplane. Maybe we need Glogirly to referee.

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  21. At least he's learning!! Raz hasn't learned the concept of purrsonal space yet. Ellie is doing her best to teach him.


    The Florida Furkids

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  22. In, what, 6 months you increased the personal space distance to 15 inches, it should take about 6 decades to reach 15 miles. MOL!

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  23. We just want to know whose butt is on the table for Waffles to sniff? Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

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  24. I guess 15 inches is better than noting :)
    xoxo

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