Margaux & Luci

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"Mom" to Luci, a 2.5yo domestic short hair cat.

Using "noise" to mean ears?

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We had a few interesting interactions these last couple of days. Luci used "ouch" For the first time Sunday, after he reset the "want" button. He said "want (and then tried to repeat a few times and reset it, then) ouch want help help help ouch, ouch" he had a hard plant thingy under his paw from his walk so we removed it but maybe he meant ouch I broke my want button, help.Β 

But then yesterday night he said "want ouch want help noise noise ouch" and there was no noise around, only the oven which I quickly turned off but it didn't help him settle at all. Later that night he said "want help help noise noise" And there was still no noise around.
Β He has chronic issues with his ears, we can't figure out why (we're exploring food intolerance so working on it) but I'm wondering if he could have meant that his ears hurt ?Β 

Anyone with a similar experience ?Β 
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"Want want help" And pressing the floor/objects

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So... Since we've moved Luci's buttons to the board he's made a lot of progress, except for the outside button. He has tried to press the floor as a button multiple times where his outside button was, and today he's been trying to press my boyfriend's megadrive as a button. (It's close to the door in the same area where his outside button was roughly).Β 
He uses the outside button on the board when we show it to him, and has used it unprompted once today as well.Β 

Just 10 minutes ago he "pressed" the megadrive, went to his board and sat on it. So we asked and modeled "want outside ? " And he pressed "want want" Then "want help". Is he asking for help with the button ?Β 
When we modeled " Outside" again he then walked a little bit and pressed "want pets".
I have no idea what he means, but he's been pressing help basically everytime he's had issues with a new button or a recently moved button.Β 
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Luci's word inventory

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Learner Name: Luci

Age: 2 (born July 2018)Β 

Teacher Name: Margaux

Started Learning Word Buttons: October 2020

Number of Words
: 13

Social Media

  • www.instagram.com/luci.the.catdog

Words

  • "SORTIR" (going outside)Β 
  • "BONBON" (treat)Β 
  • "FINI" (All done)
  • "CΓ‚LIN" (Hug/pets)
  • "JOUER" (play)Β 
  • "AIDE" (help)Β 
  • "BΓ‚TON" (stick, refers to silvervine sticks)
  • "VEUT" (want)Β 
  • "MAMAN" (mom)
  • "PAPA" (dad)
  • "MANGER" (Eat)
  • "BRUIT" (noise)Β 
  • "AÏE" (ouch)Β 

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Weird use of help, intentional or misunderstanding ?

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The other day we had our first utilisation of the "help" Button. I was modeling "play" which he understands but has trouble pressing (it looked like he couldn't aim, was pawing at the sides etc, I later figured out that it was because of its color, the problem is fixed now and he's been using it on his own) and he tried to press it but again couldn't find the center of the play Button and just looked confused.Β 

He then sat in front of the help button, and pressed it 3 times in a row.Β 
I assume he meant "help with that stupid button" Or "let's play already" but really I'm not sure, I guess it's possible he tried with the closest button he could find. What do you think ?Β 

I've only ever modeled help for stuck toys and stuff under the couch.Β 
He did something similar last night when I introduced a matatabi stick button. I was modeling it and then showing him the stick, he pawed at the button, didn't really manage to aim well at first, then went and pressed the help button.Β 

Understanding a button's meaning but not pressing it

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Hi everyone, Luci is being weird with the "play" button. If I press it, he will have dilated pupils instantly, he'll wiggle his butt, chase me etc. So I know that he knows the meaning of the button and is excited about it but he only ever pressed it twice (with a lot of prompting). He just seems to be too excited about the play session to stop and press it.Β 
We currently have 5 buttons total (treat, outside, pets, play, and all done) but he mostly uses outside and pets, even though he's pressed them all except for all done.Β 

Should I try and make him press it or keep modeling the play button ?Β 
At what point would you consider moving them to a central location or adding new ones ?Β 
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The "pets" Button was a hit with my cat!

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We introduced the "pets" Button on monday, I modeled it maybe 3 or 4 times in one go and he then went to touch it, he seemed to get it right away.Β 

He's been putting his paw on it whenever I would model it and stop petting him for a few seconds to ask for more.Β 
Tonight he pressed it hard enough to activate it (it's another type of button than the ones he's used to, it looks like the Fluentpets ones and is harder to press than the big ones he has).Β 

I was modeling it and he activated it 3 times in a row, maybe for emphasis ? He was really into those scritches πŸ˜‚
I'm starting to see more word repetition now as he gets more confident using the buttons. He seems to do this when he really wants something.Β 

Sorry for rambling, I was just really proud of him and really excited for what comes next!Β 
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Do you need to teach them to push the button ?

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Hi, I'm very new to this, so is my cat. I added an "outside" button next to the door to go on the balcony on the 10th of October, and consistently press it before opening the door. I ask him if he wants to "go out", repeat " Go out" And press the button before opening the door.

It seems that he picked up the meaning of the button since he comes running if I press it, and he'll wait next to it if he wants to go out instead of chewing on the carboard or clawing at the door like he usually does.

I'm wondering if I should teach him to push it or if I should just wait for him to figure it out on his own. Basically, how do you start before they learn how to use the device ?
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