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Guy Builds Cat Feeding Machine That Requires His Kitty To Hunt For Food
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Animals, DIY7 years ago

Guy Builds Cat Feeding Machine That Requires His Kitty To Hunt For Food

Ben Millam who refers to himself as an “aspiring geek” built an incredible machine that takes cat feeding to a whole new level. He trained his cat Monkey to look for plastic balls hidden around the house and throw them into the machine. Once the machine recognizes the RFID-tagged balls, the feeder is activated and the ball is filled with cat treats.

Monkey was trained using ‘clicker’ training that is based on associating a desirable behaviour with a distinctive click and a reward. It took some time and patience but as Millam says, Monkey successfully managed to put up with all his experiments.

“This all started after I read an explanation of why cats go about repeatedly exploring the same areas: it’s partly to establish and survey their territory, but they’re also practicing ‘mobile’ hunting,” Millam said. “So what if my cat, while out on patrol, actually found its prey? Surely this would bring him one step closer towards a more fulfilled and self-actualized indoor kitty existence.”

More info: benjaminmillam.com (h/t: laughingsquid)

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Shana
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7 years ago

Think one of my cats would be too lazy to do that. Sometimes it's hard to get her out of her lair (= hidden sleeping spot in a cupboard :P) even if I'm holding treats.

TinyDynamine
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7 years ago

Ha, so typical of cats. This could be a good way to get them to get off their lazy backsides though!

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KatarinaVelkov
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7 years ago

I would probably starve :"D

JolijnNjamin-GeurtsvanKessel
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7 years ago

This is so awesome!! But how do you train the cat so that he knows what to do?

MerveGüleroğlu
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7 years ago

You use a clicker to trigger the behavior and treatments(as a reward) to reinforce it. Repeat it alot, and it will learn it. You can search clicker training for cats on Youtube^^

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Shana
Community Member
7 years ago

Think one of my cats would be too lazy to do that. Sometimes it's hard to get her out of her lair (= hidden sleeping spot in a cupboard :P) even if I'm holding treats.

TinyDynamine
Community Member
7 years ago

Ha, so typical of cats. This could be a good way to get them to get off their lazy backsides though!

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KatarinaVelkov
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7 years ago

I would probably starve :"D

JolijnNjamin-GeurtsvanKessel
Community Member
7 years ago

This is so awesome!! But how do you train the cat so that he knows what to do?

MerveGüleroğlu
Community Member
7 years ago

You use a clicker to trigger the behavior and treatments(as a reward) to reinforce it. Repeat it alot, and it will learn it. You can search clicker training for cats on Youtube^^

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