Many people think that cats can’t be trained, but that’s not true. The key is to reward good behavior and discourage unwanted behavior. Since her children have trouble getting up in time for school, Erin Gallant has trained her cat, Reznor, to scratch at a closed door and meow softly to wake her children up.

Waking up to a cat meowing is much better than waking up with a cat shoving its butt in your face, so these children should be thankful for small favors. If you want to turn your cat into an alarm clock, use rewards generously to get the behavior you want. Then again, it might be easier just to wake up before your cat does it for you.

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