A cat on a skateboard is the last thing you would expect to see, at least not in this age and day. But with the world reinventing itself so fast weird is currently the new norm. A living proof to this peculiar notion is one furry brown male cat named Taddy. From time immemorial, cats were acquired to kill annoying rats that strayed into households’ before progressing into lifelong companions to the human species. Untill this day, that is their major role. Taddy, however, doesn’t seem one to settle in this description packing more tricks in his bag. This wonder cat takes to skating like a natural. His big bone physique superior to the average cat has mastered a delicate balance. On the board, Taddy flaunts his skill like a pro! Now, not many humans, leave alone cats, are as daring in this sport making him an envy to both the cat family and owners club. On social media platforms he goes by the name Taddyskates with an impressive fan base that keeps growing by the day.
Experts say that an average cat sleeps up to 15 hours a day with lazier versions able to supersede this incredibly long time frame. Evident from his proactive nature Taddy is certainly none of those. No one is sure how long he has been practicing his craft but his technique speaks for itself. In one of the You tube videos posted by his owner Phil Smage the cat is seen displaying smooth moves while jumping across unusual heights. Not to mention he is braving the snow! If you are a cat owner then you are no stranger to the fact that these animals like to stay dry and warm. Phil is a snow boarder himself. His passion was put on hold after suffering a nasty crash that rendered him quadriplegic with extensive injuries in his neck area. Doctor reports shunned any hopes of him ever walking again and need not say, skating. Perhaps his cat took it upon himself to perpetuate the legacy. None the less, with patience and treatment Smage has been able to recuperate slowly going back to his hobby.
Evident from a video report sourced from The Nerdist, the ex- skater is no match for his mate. In a friendly competition between Taddy and himself, the former took the prize home. Phil admits that though his skills may have rusted, he has no problem losing to his cat. In fact in one of his Instagram he quotes, “Taddy is much cooler… he wins this one hands down”, imploring fans to follow his star pet. Meanwhile Taddy continues to receive overwhelming support and love across the world. A report shows that fellow felines are stepping up to the task after the phenomenal video upload. They may not exactly be out in the ice but an Instagram video shows enhanced active behavior.
Coming in at a close second is Didga an Australian she cat who takes pleasure in the same sport. Her aurora plus impressive array of tricks has drawn much attention to herself. Robert Dollwet, the proud owner, says he knew she was special right from the start taking to tricks very quickly. He noticed her interest in snow boards and hurriedly explored the venture. Robert has a 33 year record as an animal trainer. Working with all sorts of breeds, Didga was no match to his expertise .In a short span of time she could perform rad stunts uncommon to the cat family. Her moves have come off as one of the best cat skates caught on film gathering up to 2 million likes and views. Although cats are intelligent animals, it takes a generous amount of patience and consistency to get them to perform supreme tricks. According to the Wikihow, here are a few tips in training your animal:
- 1. Have treats close by – Cats work well with rewards and snacks. Keep a supply near whenever you train, preferably sizeable ones that can fit in your palm. This keeps the treats coming in fast each time your pet learns a trick.
- 2. Get its attention – It is quite tedious to work with a disinterested cat, the energy exertion is not worth it. Treats work well in getting your pet intrigued but tested and tried is the string trick! Tie either a toy mouse or feather to the string and dwindle it around. Your cat will soon be alert. In case this fails too, wait and try again later.
- 3. Use a pet clicker – This is a small device that makes clicking sounds. It comes in handy when conditioning your animal to certain tricks. Each time it does a trick make the clicking sound. Follow up shortly with a reward to enhance the behavior. A click pen works just the same.
- 4. Train for short periods – While it may take forever to get your cat’s attention it takes an incredibly short time to lose it. Keep the exercises short incorporating breaks in between.
- 5. Repetitive training – Do not tire to redo the tricks over and over again. Just like humans, cats also learn by repetition. Plan to have fairly numerous training times each day. It improves the learning speed while avoiding the monotony of long sessions.
- 6. One trick at a time – Never overindulge, teach your cat progressively allowing it a descent amount of time to learn. Too many tricks will only confuse it. Once your pet has properly settled in, move on to the next one. –
- 7. Only use the cue words after your cat has learned the trick – The idea is to let the pet associate the word with the trick. Before it learns to “sit” refrain from using the word. With constant training it should be able to figure things out on its own as opposed to pre-empting.
- 8. Do not punish – Even when your cat doesn’t seem to be picking up the pace always turn to positive reinforcements. Harsh treatment only imposes stress.
- For cat owners who may want to mimic Taddy’s prowess consider hiring an expert. The lad has certainly a began a streak and shows no signs of slowing down soon. We can only cheer him on. Go Taddy!