Friday, November 16, 2007
More and more cats being sent to Catskills for training
The Catskill Mountains in lower New York state have always been known as a resort area luring hundreds of thousands to its breathtaking scenery year round. However, the area is marketing itself to a new breed of vacationers: People who want to vacation but who also want to see their house cats learn new tricks.
Many incorrectly break the word Catskill into two parts at the wrong place. Cats Kill- this may be true for rodents and insects but cats overall are loving animals.
The word should be separated into Cat Skill-a Native American word meaning the skill of a cat. Cats were a vital part of Native American life, so much so that tribes through out the northeast sent their cats to be trained in new skills by its famous cat trainers.
From the Algonquins to the Mohicans, having skilled cats meant survival but more importantly meant great entertainment.
The Greater Catskill Visitors and Cat Training Assoc. want the tradition of training cats brought back to the region.
"One can comfortably sit by a cool lake knowing full well that their cats are in good hands and being trained in the latest and hippest cat skills by our expert staff," said Judy Lamport, director of the association.
The association also believes that it can lure tourists away from Oregon's Felinetalent Mountains which has successfully catered to cat owners for decades.