Our office cat is really smart. He has trained me to open the door for him. Here’s how it usually goes (and just did a few minutes ago).
He will walk outside my office and begin to meow. I walk into the hallway and he makes me open the door to our storage room. I believe this is his way of making sure I know he wants a door open. Once I’ve opened that door he will meow at me and begin walking towards the back door. Our office is located in a house that is zoned for office work. So we actually have a backyard. The garage has been converted into a mini warehouse and we have a warehouse manager working in that office; this is where the backdoor is located. He walks me all the way across the house, meowing and looking over his shoulder to make sure I’m following. Then he walks to the door, sits down in front of it, and waits for me to open the door.
He does this almost every day. Since it’s hot in Texas we can’t open it all the time, because we have to leave it open, so there are times when I have to tell him no. I assume during these times he feels that I’ve forgotten all the training we’ve gone through and that he’s disappointed in me.
It’s funny because he doesn’t ask our warehouse manager to open the door. Though she’s sitting right there, he walks across the house and finds me.
He will also occasionally walk across the office to get me and make me follow him to the “living room” so that I may pet him there. Seriously. He will walk into my office, meow his “follow me” meow and plop down in the middle of the floor so that I may pet him. He is very spoiled. I also think he believes he is my boss.
Has anyone else been trained by their cats? Do you have an office pet, and does he run things?