Animal behaviorist/ trainer Robert Dowllet with skate boarding cat Didga. Photo: Nolan Verheij-Full / Tweed Daily News
Animal behaviorist/ trainer Robert Dowllet with skate boarding cat Didga. Photo: Nolan Verheij-Full / Tweed Daily News Nolan Verheij-full

Millions view cat’s feat

DIDGA the cat looks like an average feline.

That's before she casually hops on a skateboard and goes for a seaside cruise along Coolangatta.

Didga was on a bleak path when Robert Dollwet, from Tweed Heads, found her at the Tweed Shire Council pound.

Little did she know her new owner would turn her into an internet sensation.

She has had more than 13 million views in the six months since her skateboarding adventures were uploaded online by Mr Dollwet.

Mr Dollwet, an animal behaviourist of 33 years, enlisted Didga to spread the word that cats can be trained.

"If you can train a cat, you can train any dog," he said.

"But if you can train a dog, you can't train any cat."

Animal behaviorist/ trainer Robert Dowllet with skate boarding cat Didga. Photo: Nolan Verheij-Full / Tweed Daily News
Animal behaviorist/ trainer Robert Dowllet with skate boarding cat Didga. Photo: Nolan Verheij-Full / Tweed Daily News Nolan Verheij-full
 

While it's a nifty trick, Mr Dollwet said teaching his cat to skateboard was about much more than the online hits.

"My last cat got run over by a car at two-and-a-half years old because I thought, even as an animal trainer, I thought you've gotta let a cat roam. It's a total myth. It's actually very dangerous.

"I remember growing up we ran over a couple of cats in the neighbourhood, it was terrible. The whole point of getting the cat on the skateboard is to showcase what I can do as an animal trainer. Also people are just so unaware that cats can learn things."

 

Best cat for the job

  • Bengal, Burmese and Abyssinian cats are more likely to learn fancy tricks.
  • Teaching your cat to walk on a lead can help protect native wildlife.
  • To see Didga's videos, visit youtube.com/ CatTrainerToo.


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