Dogs are trainable, obedient pupils, while cats are wily, stubborn, intractable curmudgeons, hellbent on finding out what you don’t want them to do (so they can do that exact thing). At least, that’s the common conception. While it’s true that dogs are easier to train (their wolf-ancestor’s highly sociable nature made them good candidates for domestication) cats can also be trained, though they sometimes require a different approach than dogs. In fact, if you’re patient and stick with it, there are certain things you can teach a cat to do that a dog can't do, like use the toilet (the pros and cons of which will be discussed below).
Whether or not you agree with letting your feline use the human toilet, there are other tricks you can exclusively teach cats that are a little less gross. Cats are generally more agile than dogs, and can manage feats of balance that pups can only dream of. I spoke to Julie Posluns, a cat trainer and animal behaviorist who runs Cat School, an online training resource for cat owners. She started out as a certified dog trainer, and found she was also able to successfully train cats. The graceful agility of cats makes them uniquely adept at certain tricks, Posluns explains: “Based on their size and agility, cats are well-suited to an abundance of tricks I call ‘body agility,’” she says. Here are more fancy feline feats that dogs have a ruff time with.