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Cat Soccer

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Cats love to play with stuff. Balls of string, small things that roll, especially ping pong balls.

So use a Pavlovian technique to train the cats to try to get the ball into their goal, dress them up in team-coordinating vests, and pit two cat teams against each other, for the World Cat Soccer Championship.

DesertFox, Mar 04 2006

From Google Images http://www.glasra.org/soccer-cat.jpg
[DrCurry, Mar 05 2006]

It's a breeze. http://www.funnyvil...ials/soccercat.html
[egbert, Mar 07 2006]

Cat Training http://www.perfectpaws.com/train.html
"Reprimands simply do not work when training your cat." [egbert, Mar 07 2006]

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       Lions may play in teams, but I've never seen domestic cats do it. You're working with the wrong animal.   

       Also, if you want an animal predisposed to playing soccer, try rabbits. We had one that used to dribble the ball all over the floor.
DrCurry, Mar 04 2006
  

       I clicked on this, thinking it would be something different...
jellydoughnut, Mar 04 2006
  

       sp.//Balls of Sting//! I'm sure Gordon Sumner would have something to yelp about
Dub, Mar 04 2006
  

       Heh. Error noted and corrected.   

       You forgot this -> .
DesertFox, Mar 04 2006
  

       Wouldn't all the cats just keep pushing the ball into one goal, regardless of whose team it is?   

       Still, I want to have a kitten league.
notmarkflynn, Mar 04 2006
  

       I dont find this as cute as everyone else. I have to fishbone this.
Pac-man, Mar 05 2006
  

       Although, if you used a mouse instead of a ball of string I would have to Bun it.
Pac-man, Mar 05 2006
  

       [jelly], so did I. I was wondering what kind of extra protection Cat Soccer goaltenders would have against those claws and teeth...
Canuck, Mar 05 2006
  

       [21Q] I was rather worried that someone my see the title, and immediately misjudge it and slap on a fishbone for torturing cats.   

       Which would be ironic because I love cats.
DesertFox, Mar 07 2006
  

       Sample commentary please!
moomintroll, Mar 07 2006
  

       Sorta reminds me of C.M. Coolidge's famously lowbrow painting of dogs playing poker in a publicity stunt to drum up interest for a new table games pit.   

       Maybe Wolverhampton Wanderers could do the same with cats.   

       "woof"   

       (Nice one, egbert)
skinflaps, Mar 07 2006
  

       What [DrCurry] said. See link on cat training. Negative rewards simply do not work on cats.   

       Cat behaviour is not focussed on play, but on catching and killing. The play is incidental. You'd have to overcome a lot of instinctive behaviour to teach a cat that giving their "prey" to another cat is beneficial to the team as a whole.
egbert, Mar 07 2006
  

       I sooooo misinterpreted the title of this idea.
zigness, Mar 07 2006
  

       Speaking of cats learning, having watched my family and I spend so much time watching TV or using the computer, our little ball of fluff has taken to copying us. Only she has never quite understood the function of screens. So she has started sitting on one of the stools, staring determinedly at the wall. Or the fridge. Or the closet. (And no, before you ask, nothing to do with food or pests.)
DrCurry, Mar 07 2006
  

       [moomintroll]   

       Nibbelsworth to Senor Paws, Paws heads the ball, but OH! another great save by Winkers.   

       ...and now they're all just sleeping.
notmarkflynn, Mar 08 2006
  
      
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