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FAQ’S – Frequently Asked Questions about Didga, Boomer, cat training and me.

September 25, 2015

I get a lot of questions about Didga, Boomer, training cats, and (sometimes) me.

Here are the Q & A’s

First, a little about me: I’m an American now dual citizen, living on the Gold Coast of Australia. I moved here from Los Angeles/Ventura area. I’ve been a professional animal trainer / behaviourist for over 35 years. Trained police dogs in the US Air Force, trained animal actors in Hollywood, then had my own business for over 28 ears as a trainer/animal behaviourist in Malibu where I was one of only a handful of trainers for the rich and famous. (some people like that about my past and some people think I’m bragging. Hey, it is what it is)
Once arriving in Australia, I opened my dog training business “Malibu Dog Training” – conducting private one-on-one lessons. I had extra time on my hands so I started making YouTube videos using my clients dogs. It was during this time I was longing to get another cat and start another YouTube channel “CATMANTOO” (I’m a dog person/trainer but I’m a CATMANTOO) to educate people about cats. I was hoping to dispel many of the myths associated with cats, i.e. like they can’t be “trained”, they need to roam to be happy, they need to be declawed so they don’t scratch the furniture (unfortunately declawing is still practiced in the U.S.) and many other myths. The cat I was looking to adopt was going to be an ambassador for shelter cats, so I needed a confident cat to teach amazing things to, this will help bring attention to my channel and the causes. At the shelter I looked at many kittens but this cute little energetic and confident 13 weeks old kitten caught my attention the most, she was just the cat I was looking for.

Side Rant: Finding an amazing cat like Didga + my experience + living in this part of the world, is the “purrfect” storm for what I do on CATMANTOO. So please DON’T “try” with your cat many of the things you see Didga and Boomer do, and understand that lot’s of time, weeks, months, even years of practice may have to happen before filming even starts. I would feel bad if your cat got injured or you “forced” them to do something they didn’t like. Even something like walking a cat on the leash requires patients and a specific teaching technique that needs to be followed. If you’re expecting immediate results when teaching animals, especially cats, then you’re doing it wrong.
If you would like to learn how to teach your cat the basics, watch the tutorials available on my YouTube channel. @catmantoo https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL13_PCMfTxmyp0mrc3yx5CKjEAnAJpflr

Now Q & A’s for Didga & Boomer and training
Q #1. How old is Didga? [Did-ja]     A: 5 years old. Born January 1st, 2012
Q #2. Is Didga a boy or girl?
A: A GIRL. FYI – In many Countries, if the first name ends in an “A” it generally means female/feminine
Q #3. Why the name “Didga”?
A: Didga is short for Didgeridoo (Australian musical instrument). I came up with the name while on my way to pick her up at the shelter. There’s a breathing exercise I learned while learning to play the Didgeridoo, the exercises went like this, “DIDGA, DA-DIDGA BREATH”. (repeat several times). that’s when it came to me.
Q #4. What breed is Didga:
A: Domestic shorthair/Tabby

(About ‘Boomer’) short for Boomerang,  born May 9th. 2015  He is a “Bengal”.  They are one of several breeds considered “high maintenance” and not recommended for “cat people” as they are more “dog like” in temperament  requiring lot’s of your time & energy. They also need space to run off their excessive energy. Although some Bengals may be affectionate maybe even cuddly, I’ve heard from other Bengal owners that although their cats may be somewhat affectionate (on their own terms) most of them said they wouldn’t consider them to be “lap cats”, and don’t really like being picked up (held). One lady in particular told me that after 10 years their Bengal finally came over and sat on their lap, and never got used to being picked up.  But I wasn’t looking for a “lap cat” Because of my dog training background, I was looking for more of a “dog like” cat to take on adventure, plus teach a bunch of things to. Sure, there are other “dog like” breeds/mixes I could have adopted, but to be honest, I wanted a challenge, I wanted to see what I can do with what’s considered the most teachable cat breed,  so for professional purposes only. The good news is I now can share more things about the Bengal breed you may not find during your own research. So if you’re considering the breed and would like to learn a little more…. click (this link/page is under construction, give me a little time to complete)

continuing

Q #5: Are cats ever too old to learn?
A: No, cats can learn at any age. obviously there are things you should be aware of, like physical limitations on young kittens and older cats (geriatric), also mental memory limitations. the optimum age for teaching them is between 5 months to 3 years Adjust the training accordingly. What’s more important than age is technique (Follow my tutorials to learn the right technique)
Q #6 Can any cat be trained?
A: Pretty much yes, but cats with higher “food drive” will learn faster. Younger cats (under 2.5 years) are more active and generally have a higher food drive and are generally less fussy about what they eat. Older cats (over 2.5 years) generally are less active and will eat less, and are generally fussy about what they eat. Less training sessions = slower rate of learning. With older or food finicky cats you need to raise the value of their rewards to keep their attention.
Q #6: How do I get my cat interested in food/treats?
A: Even the most finicky eaters eat something, try a gamier meat to entice them, and most important make “training” times the only times they eat. you’ll notice your cat is more active and will start to pay attention during training sessions.
Q #7: What kind of food/treats do I recommend?
A: I can only tell you what I use for Didga and Boomer. 90% RAW MINCE and the rest a high quality holistic kibble & can food. Cats are meat eaters, the gamier the meat the better. Raw being best, I don’t buy “human grade” because I noticed a behaviour change after feeding it to Didga for 6 days. Her energy level went down.
High quality raw foods may be a little bit more expensive but I always say, pay for it now in high quality food or pay for it later in vet bills.
There is a raw dog food company out there called B.A.R.F. Biologically appropriate raw food and I had Didga on that for a year until I found a a raw mince that Didga went crazy for and is what I still feed today.
Because I do a lot of training, I buy the food frozen, measure out portions in individual bags (bio-degradable bags) and freeze for later use. I place the bags in my “bait bag” and use a spoon to deliver smaller bite size rewards.( It’s weird to be vegan but then feed your cat raw meat.) In summer hot months or for cats that don’t drink a lot of water, add water to the raw food.
NOTE: Whenever abruptly changing an animals diet, it should be done gradually over a two week period.

Q: Are some breeds easier to teach than others?
A: Sort of, but there can be other reasons ‘known’ teachable breeds aren’t as teachable. “BOOMER” (a bengal) known to be one of the most teachable cat breeds isn’t as teachable as Didga, especially once we get outside with all the distractions. (At this stage of his life, things can change as he ages?) or it could be I’m just spoiled from having a special cat like Didga? (from the shelter).  What’s probably more important than a particular breed is “high food drive” cats with it can learn faster and can learn more things. This is a big factor of Didga’s amazing talent.

 

Q: Do I let my cats roam free (unsupervised) at all?
A: NO WAY! They are both indoor/leashed outdoor cats, however because they’re trained, and as they get older, I can allow them off the lead to explore and for filming purposes in specific areas but only under direct supervision.
Q: Do I answer people’s training/behavior questions on here or other social media pages, i.e. Facebook, etc.?
A: Sorry, not that often because I get many questions, and there is no time to answer them, besides I shy away from answering because as a behaviourist Its important to get a lot of other information about their home environment before determining the best course of action to take. When I did home lessons, I needed to spend about and hour and a half with the clients, so a quick email with a question isn’t professional, besides, that’s why I made this FAQ and why I make tutorials.

Q: How do you get two animals to get along?

A: I made a video tutorial with tips for a dog and cat relations (video on my YouTube channel.) For introducing a cat to an existing cat(s), look for the post on this website.

Q: Why are your cats so comfortable outside and not afraid like other cats?

A: It helped that they were both confident and showed little fear as kittens, also I taught them to walk on leash and other tricks using lot’s of food reinforcement, this helped build their confidence even further. Clicker training is a great way to creates a more positive association to scary things. exposing them gradually to those things they fear using the clicker and high value food (or play) to reward them, if they don’t eat or play when exposed to the fearful thing, you’re probably trying to hurry up the process. FYI – it can take many many weeks of practice to get them over fear, and that’s if you’re doing everything right. NOTE: First I took them around in their pet carrier, getting them used to the sites and sounds of places, usually the same places everyday. while there, I practice their training (outside the carrier) behaviours that were first taught in the home, As I noticed them improving and showing less fear, they more time would be spent out of the carrier, until I only needed the carrier on occasion (eventually not at all). Be aware that the carrier idea only work if they love being in their carrier, I’m sorry but I don’t have a tutorial on that… yet.

AGAIN: That’s why I’ve made several training, and a few behavioural training tutorials (for cats & dogs) available (free) on my YouTube channel. I will have other training advice available to read on my website, and social media pages where I occasionally give advice. Follow/subscribe to us on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram @catmantoo

Q: If I come visit you, how can I meet the cats?

A: If you’re ever in Coolangatta Australia? a good chance to find us is across the street from the Reflections Towers (McDonalds) along the bike path, usually 2 times per week. Wednesday & Sunday late afternoons from approx 1630 to 1800 QLD time. or almost every morning at Rainbow bay (approx) 08:30 to 10:00. Please message me on FB or email me Robert@catmantoo.info to alert that you’re coming.

Q: How do we help spread the word about Didga, Boomer and the catmantoo page?

A: “Sharing” it’s the best way to spread the word about us, you can also share our content with the pages you follow (or messenger)   🙂 Clicking the “likes” button and making comments, all is appreciated and I really do try to read them all. (POSTING TIP) To increase the chance of your friends seeing your posts (you may already know this?) is to “like” your own posts, and if you comment on your own post fb see’s this as activity on the post which gives the post priority to be seen by more people.

Q: If we see one of your videos on another page with no visible tag to your page (catmantoo) what can we do to alert you to it?

A: you can tag us in the comments @catmantoo or send us a link to the page. or take a screen shot? basically I just need the name of the page and date of post. It doesn’t happen “as” frequent, but my videos used to get stolen all the time, especially Didga skateboarding at the skate park, OMGoodness! Every week for over a year I found at least 5 stolen copies of my videos, most were the skateboarding video.

That’s all for now, I do add new Q & A’s on occasion so keep checking back.

If you’re still reading this, comment below with a “hello” and where you’re from?  or if you have anything to add, maybe a question you think should be answered above. again sorry if I don’t answer your question.

Thanks for listening

Robert, Didga and Boomer

Comments

78 Responses to “FAQ’S – Frequently Asked Questions about Didga, Boomer, cat training and me.”

  1. Helen on October 3rd, 2015 5:19 am

    I love your approach to training and what you and Didga have achieved. Didga is such a lovely cat! You’ve inspired me to teach my cats about walking on a lead. George (1 year old Burmese) is responding well. Lily (lazy 6 year old Burmese) is not interested and Mitzi (7 year old moggie) is ok with the harness but not the lead. One problem I have is the harness. George and Lily are a bit longer from collar to the loop which goes around their tummy and it looks uncomfortable. I noticed that the harness you use on Boomer is longer than mine. Can you recommend a brand that I could get?

  2. Carla van nieuwenhoven on December 13th, 2016 4:29 am

    Hi Robert, I hope to teach my three and a half month old silver spotted bengal “GIZMO” some tricks. He is my second bengal , so I know what they’re like. I think once you’ve lived with a bengal, you can never go back to just a normal cat. I hope to learn from your tutorials.
    Cheers, Carla

  3. Alison in Maine on December 14th, 2016 7:00 am

    Hi Robertt, I’m a big fan, and Georgi — tabby from the SPCA — says “thank you”. We enjoy your YT videos. She lets me trim her claws because you taught us how. She’s outdoors on the lead for short sessions now. Patience is everything! All the best to you, and keep those videos coming.

  4. Annetta Grimaud on January 22nd, 2017 3:09 pm

    How do I buy T-shirts of your cats and you?

  5. Nora on January 22nd, 2017 4:47 pm

    Enjoyed reading the FAQs, especially about the Bengal breed. Love Didga and Boomer and appreciate your skill and hard (or is it easy?) work in training them. Your posts come first on my FB feed so I can start every day with something good. Thanks!

  6. IpSiuFong on January 23rd, 2017 1:20 am

    Good!Full of love & patience toward animals!

  7. jackie on January 23rd, 2017 11:33 am

    I’m interested to know why Didga wears a collar and lead but Boomer wears a harness and lead – why the difference?

  8. Eviexxxx on January 23rd, 2017 1:30 pm

    Hello
    Love the clips of your cats. Since having my cat who was 8 she has learnt some minor tricks and she has me trained too. She is now 11 and I k8ve her to bits.

  9. Do on February 3rd, 2017 1:32 am

    Thanks for the info on what you feed Didga and Boomer. It’s so hard to find a quality pet food.
    Thanks for all your tutorials. My cat is 2 years old and more like a dog than a cat.She loves the water and playing hide and seek and jumping out at you.
    I love finding different enrichment ideas for her .

  10. Tony Martin on February 4th, 2017 4:48 am

    Hi Robert. My wife and I enjoy your videos with D & B very much. We live in Brisbane and a few years ago found a woman who developed her own formula dog food, and now has a business that produces cat food also. The food is all made from meat from ethical sources and she won’t distribute through pet stores that sell factory bred animals. Jenny has very strong views about animal rights and of course pet food. I’m not sure if you guys would agree on everything, but I do believe she has a good product, and we do like to support a local, ethical company. Here’s a link.

    http://www.completepet.com.au/pet/index.php

    I just thought you might like to check it out. Kobe our “rescue” cat loves the kangaroo patties.

    Cheers,
    Tony

  11. Person on February 11th, 2017 7:58 pm

    Hello

  12. Lori Brazill on February 16th, 2017 12:06 pm

    How do you decide when to leash them and/or put a life jacket on them?

  13. linda on February 17th, 2017 3:58 pm

    Hello

  14. Anna on February 17th, 2017 10:44 pm

    Love your videos! Your dedication to the health and happiness of your pets is very inspiring. Thank you!

  15. Barbara on February 18th, 2017 1:18 am

    LOVE, LOVE you and Didga and Boomer…!!! Keep up the good work….!!!

  16. Jen de Jager on February 18th, 2017 5:12 am

    What an interesting post. Love your work and philosophy. Way to go mate! Do you have a mailing list or something so we can follow your amazing animals and adventures? Kind regards Jen

  17. Peggy Gannon on February 18th, 2017 1:20 pm

    Your link to tutorials isn’t working. Can you please post something more complete?

  18. John Willmott on February 20th, 2017 6:58 pm

    Hi I am very impressed with your videos etc being a ex Military Dog Handler of 22yrs experience I still find u and other dog or cat trainers interesting as I too can still learn from your experience. I discharged from the R.A.A.F on the 10January 1995 but I have not used my knowledge of dog training since I left the R.A.A.F but I am still interested in all forms of animal training as it so good to watch people of your experience do so well
    Yours Truly
    John Willmott
    0417644978
    6 Rainbow Court
    Gowrie Junction Qld 4352
    Via Toowoomba

  19. Vladimir on February 20th, 2017 9:42 pm

    Hat off to you my sincere gratitude for your kind love for the animals especially for the loved kitties I am a cat lover and feeding and care several feral cats and kitten God bless you

  20. Dog collar Australia on March 15th, 2017 5:36 am

    Thanks for sharing such great article about cats. The social adaptations of cats and humans are similar enough that pets can live perfectly happy lives surrounded by humans and vice versa. Pets are pampered with the best of food and medical care, frequently have a rest in their owners’ comfortable sofa.

  21. Renate Gloor on April 1st, 2017 5:41 am

    Hello and thank you very much for showing and explaining how you work with your dogs and cats. It’s so much pleasure to look at the videos and see what Cam be reached when doing it professional and with respect for the animal

  22. Magdalena on April 1st, 2017 5:55 am

    Hello 😉 amazing how motivated you are in reaching them I admire you 😉 btw. I am also vegetarian giving boiled meat to my cats twice a day

  23. lea s. on April 1st, 2017 9:52 am

    I love your work and your decision to make the videos. I look forward to seeing Didga and Boomer. Thank You for entertaining and teaching millions of watchers around the world with the knowledge you have been gifted.

  24. Penny on April 1st, 2017 5:07 pm

    Hello and thanks for ‘Catmantoo’ – I really enjoy following.

  25. Robert on April 6th, 2017 8:15 am

    Hello. I’ll try to fix that. in the meantime you can search catmantoo and click on youtube. tutorials are on my page. thanks

  26. Robert on April 6th, 2017 8:17 am

    Thank you! you can sub here or follow on Facebook. cheers

  27. Robert on April 6th, 2017 8:20 am

    Hi, common sense / safety / I know my limits

  28. Robert on April 6th, 2017 9:13 am

    She’s smarter, walks on leash better than Boomer

  29. Robert on April 6th, 2017 9:14 am

    Hi, working on getting some shirts.

  30. Antonella on April 12th, 2017 6:22 am

    Hello Robert, just want to say I love following you, Didga and Boomer, thanks

  31. Ophelia on April 16th, 2017 10:11 am

    Your’e amazing, the time and dedication you display and love you have for your animals is outstanding! thank you for the hard work and allowing us to enjoy your beautiful cats xxxx

  32. Vera on April 16th, 2017 10:50 am

    Enjoy following you, Didga & Boomer on Facebook every day. I have learned much ~ while being entertained ~ watching all the videos. Thanks for all you all do!

  33. Susan on April 16th, 2017 3:02 pm

    Hello from southcentral Pennsylvania! I love watching and reading about Didga and Boomer. It’s amazing seeing what cats can do when properly trained by a caring, knowledgeable professional. Please continue posting your adventures for us.

  34. Jean on April 17th, 2017 3:45 am

    My partner and I have been following your posts for ages and lapping up everything you do! We moved to Australia 3 years ago and have been waiting til we had a good place to live before we got some kitties. We have 2 adorable Abyssinians, they’re 12 weeks and adjusting really well to the house, us and clicker training. They will be indoor kitties but we’re really hoping to get them comfortable on leads so we can go out and explore together. We got some kitty harnesses – the smallest we could find – but they are too big for the kittens right now. We can feed them in the harnesses but if they try to run around the harnesses roll into and sometimes over their legs which is distressing. I know you don’t like to respond to questions but I have searched to find what harness you used for Didga and Booma when they were young and I can’t find anything. If you have a chance please could you let us know which brand / site you got for them, it would be hugely appreciated! Even if it’s a public post that would be cool because I’m sure lots of people have the same question. Thanks so much and thanks again for all your videos and information, it’s really awesome!!

  35. mike johnson on April 18th, 2017 8:31 pm

    any ideas Robert on how to get a feral cat which I’ve been feeding since a kitten for a year to allow me to pet her she only lets me get within about ten feet now

  36. Cheryl on April 19th, 2017 1:00 pm

    My young Siamese male seems like a good candidate for training. We have 4 or 5 tricks down so far. Problem is I dont know what i am doing. I WOULD LOVE TO LEARN MORE FROM YOU ! I am having a blast at this. I dont want to confuse my little man… so any thing i can learn from you is greatly appreciated! In fact you helped us a lot so far but we are yearning to learn more ! THANKS FOR PUTTING YOUR SELF OUT THERE ROBERT

  37. Maria on April 22nd, 2017 7:07 pm

    Hi from Auckland, NZ! Just wanted to say I love your postings! We also have cats, a Russian Black and a Bengal. Inside cats, only outside on the balcony when we are. Our Bengal is really clever and we thinks she listens to us better than many dogs we know. We are slowly changing our cats diet from dry food in the morning and tinned food at night, to home cooked chopped up chicken with some chicken livers and hardly any dry food. They are picky eaters and I am taking my time changing. I would like to transfer to raw slowly. Can you talk a bit more about cats food, like how much they need to eat per day, do you add anything else like vegetables? Eggs?
    Thanks very much.

  38. Rachel on May 5th, 2017 9:22 pm

    I love your videos. I’ve got 2 kitties hear at home & for the longest time thought I was a fairly savvy cat person until my current 2 have never really gotten along. Would love to see a tutorial on aggression as we have issues w/1 cat stalking the other!

  39. Robert on May 9th, 2017 3:55 am

    Hi, thanks for the support, looks like I’ll be making more tutorials in the next few months. but a little heads up for you, you’ll want to learn about clicker training, hopefully your cats have food drive, but clicker training should help your situation. I will go into more details in the tutorials
    Robert

  40. Robert on May 9th, 2017 7:06 am

    Hello,
    I know more than most about food, but there are more knowledgable people out there that I would rather refer you to. like Dr. Karen Becker
    All I know is a species appropriate diet is the way to go. Eggs would NOT be on that list and veggies play a very small role. a young cat will eat many times per day but as they get older they require less and less feeding times, I feed twice a day but fed them 3 to 4 times a day when they were younger.
    My specialty is behaviour modification and training.
    thanks for following

  41. Robert on May 9th, 2017 7:12 am

    Awww thanks,
    you’re welcome
    I hope to be making more videos soon.
    keep checking back

  42. Robert on May 9th, 2017 7:23 am

    Hi,

    That’s a whole video of explaining. but just think of a systematic approach/micro baby steps, using MAJOR HIGH VALUE FOOD a little closer to you each time

    look for my patreon page hopefully up in the next few weeks, if enough people help this will free up time for me to answer direct questions and of course make more tutorials

    Robert

  43. Robert on May 9th, 2017 7:27 am

    Hi,

    Not sure if I responded, but I think I used an adjustable collar from ROGZ their small is small enough for 12 weeks
    I hope to have more time to answer direct questions from people, look for my patreon page hopefully up in the next few weeks, if enough people help, this will free up time for me to (answer direct questions) and of course make more tutorials

    robert

  44. Robert on May 9th, 2017 7:28 am

    Hello, Thanks

  45. Robert on May 9th, 2017 7:28 am

    Thank You,

    Robert, Didga and Boomer

  46. Robert on May 9th, 2017 7:28 am

    Thank You,
    Robert, Didga and Boomer

  47. Robert on May 9th, 2017 7:29 am

    Appreciate that,

    Robert, Didga and Boomer

  48. Robert on May 9th, 2017 7:37 am

    Hello,
    Glad to hear and thanks

    More to come, Robert, Didga and Boomer

  49. Robert on May 9th, 2017 7:38 am

    You’re welcome 🙂

  50. Robert on May 9th, 2017 7:39 am

    Thank You, thanks for following 🙂

  51. Robert on May 9th, 2017 7:40 am

    thanks for “saying”
    because we love to hear it

    more to come. Robert, Didga and Boomer

  52. Robert on May 9th, 2017 7:42 am

    Thank You

  53. Robert on May 9th, 2017 7:42 am

    thanks a bunch

  54. Robert on May 9th, 2017 7:51 am

    Great to hear, I wish everyone was veg or vegan, just like oil/coal is not needed anymore, “old technology” so to speak, eating animals is not needed anymore, a thousand more choices than they had in the cave man days 🙂 people need to realise there is a much healthier and humane way. Animals don’t have to die anymore, thankfully many millennials are going vegan, so the future look brighter for animals.
    Did you know dogs can go vegetarian? it’s true I wouldn’t have believed it many years ago but I’ve seen several vegetarian dogs and they look fine and bulky. it was great to see, but cats can’t go veg,
    anyway, all the best

  55. Robert on May 9th, 2017 7:52 am

    Thank You

  56. Robert on May 9th, 2017 7:53 am

    That’s right, cheers

  57. Robert on May 9th, 2017 7:55 am

    thats great to hear, we will have more

    Thanks for following

    Robert, Didga and Boomer

  58. SylviAnn (Studio City, CA) on May 17th, 2017 12:42 am

    Have volunteered at shelters since 1990. Didga is wonderful) ambassador!
    Please do stress that cats are NOT vegetarians just because their guardians are.
    Have just started a Playlist of Didga tricks. What is the video title for the one in which she pushes bro Boomer on skateboard? Awesome!!!

    Impressed that Didga learned many tricks that even some dogs might not do, such as dropping dead backwards, or the sidesteps.

    Feel that some cats are mind readers. One shelter kitten did tricks without any treats or rewards, we were just playing and having fun.

  59. Morgane Hacquin on May 17th, 2017 9:37 pm

    Hi Robert,
    I really like what you do with Didga and Boomer, it’s amazing I’m in Australia for two months to see my sister who lives there.
    I know you live in Coolangatta, so I would really like to see you and the cats too if it’s possible I will be in Gold Coast in June 9th, 10th and 11th normally !
    A Fench fan,
    Morgane

  60. Elena on May 20th, 2017 6:40 am

    Hi Robert!
    our YouTube channel and facebook page are very amazing and useful. Please – don’t stop. I’m from Moscow, Russia, leaving now in Bulgaria. We have three cats. We took them all from the street and now trying your lessons with clicker with smartest one. For my surprise it really works! May be one day i’ll make video and send you.
    Most of my life i was dog-person and with great pleasure read that you have dog-training business and so on… I’ll try to find your videos about dogs too.
    My best wishes for you and all your cats and dogs!
    Elena

  61. Gail Clough on May 20th, 2017 11:44 am

    Thank you for the information and all the good work you do.

    Gail

  62. Robert on May 22nd, 2017 8:27 pm

    Hello, thanks and keep up the good work

  63. Robert on May 22nd, 2017 8:31 pm

    Hello,

    that’s great, I should be around those days, see you in Cooly

  64. Robert on May 22nd, 2017 8:32 pm

    Hello,

    Thanks, Keep up the good work

  65. Shelley Geer on May 24th, 2017 11:37 pm

    Hello from Boynton Beach Florida. Love you cats! Your great too!

  66. Robert on May 26th, 2017 12:09 am

    Awesome!
    Glad you follow us. fyi – the area I live is VERY much like Florida in many ways. Thanks

  67. Karien from South Africa on May 26th, 2017 11:57 pm

    Hi Robert. Live your cats. I’m totally amazed at the concept. Thanks!

  68. Marilynn on May 29th, 2017 4:57 pm

    Hello! I’m in California (East Bay) and am now focusing on training my newest family Member Igor, a 9 week old tabby. He actually has been with me from birth (only survivor of a litter of 5 to a feral mom). He is shaping up to be fearless and bomb proof! He and his 7 cat siblings, 7 dog siblings and 7 bird siblings make for a chaotic but loving home! I work at a veterinary hospital and he travels with me every where, even having a slew of fans at the clinic! Thanks to you for the inspiration to mold Igor into a kitty amabasdor

  69. Robert on June 1st, 2017 3:11 am

    Just the cat I’m looking for 😉

  70. Mick on June 5th, 2017 6:31 pm

    Hi Robert! Your cats are beautiful! I saw the cat race video, and I noticed that Didga seemed to have a headstart (gasp!). Is it because Boomer runs faster?

  71. Robert on June 10th, 2017 5:56 am

    Hello, thanks – YES! way faster

  72. Cas J on July 13th, 2017 12:50 pm

    Hi Robert! Enjoyed Didga’s video! Will be following your sites and videos! I took a clicker for cats class at our local humane society when I adopted my now 4 y/o former feral (now 95% tame but still fears strangers and panics at visitors in house or near the catio). She did learn come and high five to the clicker. I wanted a way to get her to return to the house if she ever got out the door which has never happened thank goodness. Your video and site gave me me the insight to work some more using the clicker and her treats when visitors come and practice ‘come’ as we are in a new home now. Thank you for sharing your expertise and continued success!

  73. Amanda on August 5th, 2017 5:01 pm

    Hi! My little boy loves seeing Didga and Boomer on instagram. You’ve captured his imagination and he now enjoys trying to teach our (2 shelter) cats tricks.
    Hopefully we catch you in person at some stage!

  74. Didga on August 6th, 2017 9:19 am

    That is awesome! THANKS. Did you see my tutorials on YouTube? @catmantoo

  75. Kwihui (Gwee-he) Halliday (married name- love it. Had it for 40 years!) on August 12th, 2017 10:39 pm

    Hello, Mr Robert. I know it’s weird I’d add mister to your given name. It’s because it’s a difficult thing to call a person, especially a man I do not know by their first name. It’s my Korean upbringing. Respect.

    I just wanted to communicate to you how wonderful it was to discover Didga (Didja) doing her thing on the FB I think it was.
    I have seen a couple of these “Trick performing cats” on a télé programs a few years back, and it always manages to increase my heart beats in wonder. That’s exactly what Didja did to me, especially she is performing alone. The others were always in a group. She is most amazing little girl I have ever seen! Fantastic!

    It is pretty clear how much you have devoted yourself with her, so she is a very lucky girl. You are showered with the great luck also in finding her amongst so many. Sometimes it just happens that way. You are a wonderful Trainor, it’s very obvious, and I very much appreciate your advocacy for adoptions rather than purchases. That just seem very wrong when so many are out there in need. It angers me greatly when people treat these poor babies like rubbish and so easily throw them away when they’ve had enough! I wish the Karma things on them by a million fold! There got to be some sort of justice in this vast universe, don’t you think? Do you know what’s worse? These human animals profess that they are Christians, also god fearing. Disgusting monsters! Hypocrites, and liars! Ugh!

    Apologize for my rants. Just please know I think you and Didja is super ambassadors.

  76. Didga on August 17th, 2017 10:24 pm

    Hi Kwihui,
    Thanks so much for your comment, I read the whole thing and appreciate the kind words, yes I am very lucky to find her.
    To answer your “rant” at the end 😉 I guess I agree with the “karma” thing which is one of the many reasons I went vegan, as I realised I was being a hypocrite, saying on one hand I loved animals but then, being the reason so many were being slaughtered just so my taste buds could go mmmmmmm. All the best to you Robert, Didga and Boomer
    P.S. best decision I have ever made

  77. Iliana on October 2nd, 2017 9:56 am

    Hi Robert! I read all the post so i just want to thank you because you’re so honest and always say training an animal is all about patience and respect. I follow your adventures with Didga and Boomer since i saw you at animal planet chanel like 2 1/2 maybe 3? years ago.

    Again, thank you and please forgive my bad english, isn’t my first language because I’m from Mexico.

  78. Didga on October 2nd, 2017 8:26 pm

    Hi LLiana, Thanks for the message and for following us. Your English is probably better than mine.LOL! All the best

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