If you think the only trick you can teach a cat is to come running when a can of food is opened — you are (fortunately!) mistaken. Behind that inscrutable gaze is a loving creature that wants to please you.
“It isn’t clear to a cat what we want,” said Dr. Carlo Siracusa, Clinical Assistant Professor of Animal Behavior at University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. “When we don’t pay attention to their signals, they get frustrated and might exhibit aggressive behaviors such as scratching or biting … positive training will help communicate your preferences in a calm, fun manner.”