You thought I was flaming you ??
Holy shit you better hope I never do.
Anyroad, read my post again, I think I made my stance perfectly clear. What you refer to as "when an animal goes out of its way to avoid doing as it's told" I refer to as "the animal has no idea it's being told to do anything"
Under this pretext the human barking out the orders merely becomes another obstacle which the cat will have to circumvent in order to achieve its immediate goal.
I compared this to a dog, not because I think dogs are in some way better than cats but because a dog will respond differently and it's a good example to use - the reason the dog will attempt to obey orders is because it's hardwired to follow the commands of the pack leader. This is a gross oversimplification but, as a general rule, it works quite nicely.
If you really want to see a cat follow an order then use the "Freeze!" command and pick it up by the scruff of the neck. Cats are programmed to obey this order, although the verbal component is optional.