Actually, Bilrrrr, I have had quite a few cats, and have two Devon Rex cats now. Devon Rex are much more like puppies than cats. They are very intelligent, come when called, will fetch toys, and are constant shadows, moving in tandem with family members. They can be trained through care and attention and incentives (treats, hugs, play, a cuddler under a warm lamp, etc.) But there's truth in what you say; often cats train us. You might enjoy my hubs on Devon Rex and on Life as a Cat. My question was to prompt other people's experiences.