Australia’s World’s Greatest Skateboarding Cat & Other Feline Phenoms
Written by Sloan McKinney. We’ve all heard the expression, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” which is one of the oldest idioms known to mankind. But what about cats? Often seen as being aloof, conspicuously uninvolved and uninterested, contrary to popular belief, felines can be trained to do a variety of tasks and tricks.
For example, almost all cats will take to using a litter box instinctively, but some humans have trained their four-legged friends to use the loo and sit on the toilet. Cats are surprisingly intelligent and dependent upon their breed along with some other unique circumstances, many cats have gained some amazing skills. Let’s take a look at some of the web’s most awesome animals whose humans have taught them some remarkable tricks.
If you were to perform a search on YouTube for “cat sign language,” you’d see dozens of examples of these little furballs communicating with their masters through the use of sign language. One of the most popular videos making its way around the internet is a short clip of a cat touching the arm of his master, then motioning to the feline’s mouth with its paw indicating that it’s time for a treat or some attention.
Other videos show humans using sign language to communicate with their cats in order to get them to do a number of different tricks and stunts, like how to come, sit and stay, shake hands, sit up, dance, roll over and perform a plethora of other pet tricks. Whether it’s the cat using its paws or the human using their hands, this form of critter communication is entertaining and adorable either way.
A Little More Unique
Beyond those basic commands, sit, stay, shake hands, and roll over, all the common pet tricks we’re used to seeing, some humans are thinking outside the box (which cats love to play inside) and teaching their felines much more than the norm. Another cat owner showcases a video of her cats performing these average stunts, but adds some other more unusual ones to the list.
This animal lover’s kitties can retrieve balls from a basket, bounce the ball back-and-forth, push a child’s toy cart, even jump through a hoop. I’ve seen a lion jump through a flaming hoop at the circus, but seeing a house cat jump through a hoop in someone’s living room is entertaining on a completely different level.
Cats Cruising & Hanging Twenty
While we’ve probably all seen the video of a cat playing the piano wearing a T-Shirt, it’s obvious that there’s a human being behind the feline “pulling the strings” for the kitty to strike the keyboard and play the tune. We’ve also likely seen images of dogs riding on skateboards, even surfing and skim-boarding. Not to be outdone by their canine counterparts, cats are also enjoying this four-wheeled mode of transportation.
Right here in Australia, “The World’s Greatest Skateboarding Cat,” is making some serious waves on the worldwide web. This clever little kitty named Didga (aka Catmantoo), stars with his master in a three minute video with over six million views online. Not only does the tabby trek around on the board, this clever cat can also navigate a skate park, jump over obstacles, a Rottweiler in one instance, the feisty feline even stops off at a water fountain for a quick drink before continuing on his course through the quaint beach town of Coolangatta on the eastern shore.
Beyond being able to roll over, sit and stay, these cats are making their mark on the internet. Speaking of staying, if you need a great place to board your cat, including kitty-cat cuddle time, please contact us today or visit our website for more information.