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Cats ring bell to get food in bizarre video

Posted on Saturday, 1 April, 2017 | Comment icon 7 comments

The cats seemed to know exactly what to do. Image Credit: Twitter / b_ru_ru
The experiment saw two cats being provided with a bell that they could ring in order to receive a treat.
The footage, which has gone viral on social media, shows the felines ringing the bells over and over while a scientist continuously provides each of them with a piece of food for each successful press.

The experiment is a twist on the famous Pavlov's Dog experiment conducted in Russia in the 1890s in which a dog was conditioned to associate food with the sound of a ringing bell.

In this case though it's unclear whether the human is training the cats or if it's the other way around.

Source: Evening Times | Comments (7)

Tags: Cats, Bell

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by glorybebe on 1 April, 2017, 10:04
Animals are way smarter than most people believe.  
Comment icon #2 Posted by Still Waters on 1 April, 2017, 10:12
 That's funny to watch, clever kitties.
Comment icon #3 Posted by fred_mc on 1 April, 2017, 10:20
I would also want to do that, being able to just ring a bell and somebody will bring me food.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Chaldon on 1 April, 2017, 13:01
Classical conditioning. I don't know why, but I feel a bit disgusted by such "funny" experiments. I understand when it's for the sake of science, but conditioning poor stupid animals so aggressively just for fun, it's simply immoral. Modern kitten food is a sort of drug by itself, when combined with aggressive conditioning I don't know what could be the results.
Comment icon #5 Posted by FLOMBIE on 2 April, 2017, 13:15
I did something similar with my last cat: Every time I fed him, I rattled my keys. So whenever he was outside, and I needed him to get inside for some reason, I rattled my keys, and he'd be shooting home like a rocket. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by FLOMBIE on 2 April, 2017, 13:16
Yet, no harm is done. The cats could be enjoying it. 
Comment icon #7 Posted by Ryu on 2 April, 2017, 15:25
I kinda like how the tabby starts ringing the other cats bell instead of his own. Better hide the bells or you'll be hearing them ring at three in the morning.

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