I also have the experience that aikido strategy works on animals, too. They immediately respect and relate to it. Cats practice it.
By the way, nice to see this old thread revived.
That's so true Stefan.... I have to admit to being a cat lover, (I have two).
I love their curiosity, canniness, fluid movement and also test my hand speed with them, that are just so fast..... I get to learn good timing from them and "think" my aikido like a cat.....