I just use a water spray bottle. Usually just a few drops on his face will do it. I did forget once that I'd set it to stream and nailed the poor guy right on the nose. He took off like a shot and didn't come back for quite a while - then he sat where he could just barely peer into the room - apparently trying to check if I was still armed before risking getting w/in range.
Another good deter device is a pop can with a few small pebbles inside and taped shut. Cats hate sudden noise and if you toss it close to them, it'll probably interrupt the behavior.
Have you checked out the show 'My Cat From _ _ _ L" I think it's on animal planet and the guy is a wonder with cat psychology - he clearly gets them and knows how to help alter their behavior.
I suggest couples therapy for you and your cat-partner. The cat-partner must be made to understand that the world doesn't revolve around him/her. Only after a failure of many years of intense therapy should any sprays or Tasers be used. If after all options are tried and the behavior is still the same the cat-partner should be asked to abandon the relationship. Sometimes a court order and police action are needed as cats can be quite stubborn and resist such action.
I got one a few months ago- it seemed to last almost 2 months, not just a month- the one real behavior problem that I wanted to curb from one of my cats is still there. But the dog seems more mellow and not as anxious. Maybe it works on dogs who grow up with cats.
I'll probably get at least one refill, just because my schedule keeps changing and I don't want to throw anything else off.
"Cat disscussions. What are they." I like that question...LOL....I personally know there are MORE cat people out there than would like to give credit, but, cats are VERY unique animals. My favorite fact about cats is that they are the ONLY domesticated animal that still retain ALL of their natural instincts. Not only do they have what they are gentectically designed to have, with more human contact and learning to "communicate" with your cat....well let's just say that I have known alot of special cats. And they are fascinating creatures. A loving companion, but have you ever watched one hunt? THEY ARE FORMIDABLE. I have a problem right now with my 8 month old tabby about climbing trees and killing the squirrel nests. Subsequently, at 6 months she had some kind of unknown accident outside that resulted in her hip being broken, had to have surgery. That seemed to tame her down, but she is slowly getting back to climbing....
I hope this discussion contiues...."Crazy Cat Lady" JK
If a cat is litter box trained, the cat is as trained as it is going to be. Everything else, from playing fetch, coming when called and so on, is done because the cat want to. It has nuttin' to do with you!
I have two cats -- both loving, yet one is into everything and the other is not. I clean their litter box daily so I have no worries about nasty kitty paws on counters or tables. If kitties dig in plant dirt, I add rocks on top. One of them used to prune my plants. He has his own chia pet now. They both love to hunt, both inside and out. Inside it is stuffed animals and socks. They have trained me to pick up after them (but only after praising them for being dutyful hunters).
If you wish for your cat to stop hunting critters, you should have gotten a poodle.
yes, it works. I've used it. It works "sometimes'. you have to spray it daily, or put in a difuser . my cat peed on the carpet in the basement, she was fine. I had a vet check. it's just behavior issues, which I'm working on. but no more peeing. I put in another litter box, and i keep them cleaned. I've played with them more, given them more TLC and they're both acting better. I think my issues started when I left them for a week of vacation... they were well cared for, but cat's don't like change, I have to use cat-psychology to break their bad habits. just like people... ha. hope it works for you. check out the website at OSU Vet clinic. it's a good resource for pet behavior issues.
The best way to train a cat is to learn to read your cat well. Then slightly before he does what he's already decided to do, give him that command. Cat doesn't learn a darned thing he doesn't want to learn, but it does shut up the dog people in the room if you're good enough at it.
you are so correct about cat's learning tricks. You CAN teach them, it's just that they do the tricks on THEIR time, not yours. and not on command. I've "trained" my cats to come when I say , or even 'think' ... come, and their name. in about 5-10 minutes, they do come. but who knows if they'd have come to me anyhow... it's a Cat-world sometimes... but humans just think we're in command. ha...
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I don't know what all of you are talking about; my cats have all been trained to fetch, stay,say bye bye, come to me,give me their chair and many other tricks. You just need to appeal to their vanity.Try it!
Cats closely monitor these discussions...as of right now we are all on or have been added to the watch list. Those of us who may have viable theories to control cats will then mysteriously "go away" ... wait - no no Fluffy- I was just emailing my Mom...no really... arrrgh.........................
What is the question about cats? I've had several beginning in the early 70's. The one I have now who is 4yrs. - I found wondering as a stray kitten. He is by far the smartest of the bunch, and I have trained him to follow commands and do a few tricks. come here, sit, stay, lay down, go get in your bed, go look out the window, and even roll over. He sits quietly in the sink and gets his bath. Even goes to the bathroom in mulch outside in the woods. He is still a skilled hunter, and despite being neutered, manages to produce enough spray to mark his outside territory. Maybe I should start a TV show. "Scooter and me. "
My Princess is amazing. In 99% of the time, when I call her name, she will come. She will give me paw on command, get up on two, and go in a circle. She understand "Nei!" (Norwegian for no), and when I tell her to not go downstairs she will give me this pitiful little meow, but she won't go down. She is allowed to go upstairs, but since she IS a cat, she won't always come down when I tell her ;) She understands "breakfast" and "let's go to bed", and if I have catlap, I can usually get her off by asking her gently to let me get out of the chair. Of course I know she is humouring me, but she is amazingly good at following instructions.
Agree for the most part, but I have this Persian mix who is absolutely incapable of defending himself, much less hunting. He has full claws, but wouldn't think of using them when the other cat bullies him or the dog starts chasing him. I'm still trying to teach him how to hiss.
He's sweet as can be, but wouldn't survive for an hour outside. I'm beginning to think that maybe he isn't a cat at all. You're spot on about every other cat I've ever had though.
I thought as much with my pure-bred Persian until he was put on steriods for phenomia -- Jeesh whatta clawless TIGER!
Otherwise he loves to be cradled belly up like a baby, pawing gently at your face whilst having his tummy, nose or chin rubbed, stroked or brushed. He also comes when called and so forth -- but they're a needy breed in general.
It is unlikely he'll ever hiss. Mine won't even meow -- his lips move like they should be meowing, but no noise comes out.
If you watch Cat From Hell, you can see one of the main causes of "cat behavior problems" is the owner. most cats in a safe, clean, predictable environment that are engaged with regular play times and feed times have few if any behavior problems. One of the best pieces of advice from CFH is using a stick toy, and making sure the cat has plenty of clean and safe space to move around in.
Now if you are looking to train a cat, no a spray bottle is not what you want. You want a clicker and cat treats. The way to train animals is positive reinforcement. Not punishment.