They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but my superb, little fluffy friend, Orion, is proof that kitties are far superior at advancing their skills in later years.
Orion - non-identical twin of Titan the Ticklepuss - developed the Jedi Mind Trick ability (displayed in the videograph above) at the aged of 12, and while his brother has to meow loudly to demand us to do his bidding, Orion learnt that waving his paw at his human assistants melts our hearts and makes us carry out his wishes in a much more prompt fashion.
It is completely irresistible and I'm surprised he doesn't weigh 50kg, since each time we open the fridge, he's there on the kitchen table, paw out, with his cute commandment to feed him bits of ham or chicken, or ham and chicken.
When he's sitting on the computer desk and we're looking too long at not him, the little paw gently brushes against our forearms and a snuggly stroke is immediately delivered.
I don't know what compelled Orion to teach himself how to do this, especially in his advancing years, but it was a stroke of feline genius.