How to be patient with cats. Patience is a virtue that can be instilled in cats. Patience teaches cats the value of delaying gratification, a skill necessary for maturity. Here are a few ideas that can help you teach your cat to wait without whining:
Be a role model. Teach cats patience behavior by showing them how. Be aware of your words and body language when you have to wait for something. Keep your expectations reasonable. Patience level for every cat differs at each age. Observe your cat to understand what comes natural to him. Try not to fix everything immediately. Whenever your cat asks for something, ask him to wait for a brief period. Start with 15 seconds and gradually increase it to a minute over a week.
Mr. Bowie, 3 seconds later… ‘You may open the fridge now!’
Based on an eHow.com article.