There are two definitions of pedagogy in my old American Heritage Dictionary. The first is the one most people are familiar with, the art or profession of teaching. That certainly would apply to Bamboo the kitten, as he pointed out to me as he perused the dictionary himself.
But the second definition, “preparatory training or instruction,” also is an apt description of the valuable service behaviorally stable cats provide when it comes to helping us understand the concept of normal dog behavior. Dog behavior? Is that a mistake? Not at all. Bam continues the same worthy tradition fulfilled by Whittington and all the other cats in my life over the years. He, too, helps me keep my perspective about normal behavior in dogs.