Phoenix

Writer, artist
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Hello! I'm a Druid, writer, painter, and mad catter. The link for my website below is actually a link to my first novel on Amazon. :)

"Meow?"

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Just a random thought - has anyone tried recording their cat's meows or dog's barks for a button?
My ladycat Maggie is definitely a talker and she generally will sit at the bed and YELL AT ME when she wants "up" (her first button).Β  It just tickled me to think about holding down the button to record when she does that to make the press say "MeooooOOOOOoooow!" ;)
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Accident or First Press?

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OK, cat people - what do y'all think?
Miss Maggie meowed at me, and I didn't get up to lift her onto the bed right away (I was feeding my face).Β  So she laid down ...over onto the button for "up," and pressed it with her shoulder.Β  Long enough that it reset the recording, lol.
Mags is a senior - this is why she needs help up in the first place - and it's also possible she has arthritis in her front paws? She doesn't act like she does so maybe not, but she is declawed in the front (I didn't do it, I got her from the shelter that way and didn't even realize it until she had been here a few weeks and I saw her doing "soft paws" on the cardboard scratcher.Β  Then I did the pressy-paw thing and no claws came out).Β  Maybe she doesn't want to press the button with her paws because that would be unpleasant feeling?
Do any of y'all have seniors and/or declawed cats who avoid the buttons?Β  Now that this has happened, and she has proven a few times that she knows what the button means, I'm wondering if I should try mounting it on the wall and seeing if she'll rub up against it that way, like she does the Cat-A-Comb (a corner wall mounted brush).
Maggie's Dolly Parton Challenge for tax. ;)
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Maggie Officially Knows What "Up" Means :)

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OK so I have two cats I'm working with, and I started with one button for each of a common thing for them.Β  Yuan's button, however, hasn't really been in play much since his is "balcony time" and it's been arctic freezing outside.
Maggie's is "up," because she's 17 and needs help up onto the bed.Β  It has been in play since 25 December.Β  She hasn't pressed it yet, but she just proved that she knows what it means!
She was sitting next to the bed meowing at me.Β  I stood up, and she didn't run off to her food bowl (the other thing she does there), but she didn't stand up for me to lift her, either.Β  So I asked her if she wanted up, and I pressed the button.
And she stood only after I had pressed the button so I could pick her up.
I'm excited and I will totally take it as progress. :D
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Maggie (17) and Yuan (12) - shared word inventory

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Learners: Maggie (17, torite cat) and Yuan (12, tabby cat)

Hooman: Phoenix :)

Word Inventory:
"Up"
"Balcony time"

("up" next to the bed)

("balcony time" next to the door to the balcony)
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Moving the location of first button?

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The older of my two learners, Maggie, has rediscovered the joy of the papasan.Β  Her first button, which I currently have positioned by the bed, is "up," because she needs to be lifted onto the bed.Β  She hasn't used it yet, but she watches me do it when I pick her up.Β  Last night I discovered that she also needs help getting into the papasan, as she was doing the tentative back-and-forth like she wanted to jump up, but then gave up (I was waiting to see if she'd do it on her own since it's lower than the bed; today I have picked her up to go in it since I know she feels like it's too much).Β  I pressed the button after I put her up in the papasan, but it's around the corner from where the chair is.
So my question is, what do you think about moving the button over to where the papasan chair is?Β  It's still near the bed, but it may also create confusion about which she wants - bed or papasan.Β  And it may be confusing for me to move the button at all.Β  She does go from bed to papasan if she wants, so I could just leave it by the bed and if she wants the papasan instead of the bed, she hops over to it just fine (the papasan sits right at the corner of the foot of the bed).
Thoughts?Β  Anybody else working with elders, or kitties specifically?Β  Thank you! :)