13 January, 2009 at 11:32 pm #24002
Excerpt from The Pet Place (Dr.Jon)
Today, I’d like to talk to you about cat discipline. Should you hit a cat? The answer is NO! You might ask – what if he does something really bad? The answer is still…absolutely No. You should NEVER hit a cat.
Should you ever spank a cat? The answer is no. You might ask – what if he does something really bad? The answer is still no.
Should you ever squirt a cat (that is with a squirt bottle of water?)? Well, you can but it is best if they think it is not coming from you.
Some cats do things that we don’t like. They may fight with other cats, get on the counter, or urinate inappropriately. What is the best way to deal with your cat?
According to Nick Dodman, a well-known behaviorist, the best way to deal with behavior problems in your cat is to UNDERSTAND your cat. You need to take some time to understand WHY your cat is performing a certain type of behavior then give them alternatives to that behavior.
For example, if you have a smelly dirty litter box and your cat urinates outside of the box – don’t hit your get mad at your cat. Try to understand WHY he is doing what he is doing and fix it. By this I mean…make sure the box is attractive to your cat – has clean litter, no harsh smelling chemicals, is in a quiet friendly location, is big enough and that you have enough litter boxes.
If you make the box ideal – then it is more likely your cat will use it.
If your cat is scratching your favorite chair – think about why he or she might be doing that.
It is possible to train a cat. To learn how go to Clicker Training Your Cat for more information on tips on training.
Also, read – 8 Common Reasons Kitty Won’t Use the Litter Box for tips on why your cat won’t use it if you have problems.
Until next time,
P.S. there is a lot of good advice on this site http://www.catplace.com13 January, 2009 at 11:43 pm #360610
hmmm, what if they look right at you after you say NO and then look back at the curtain and claw it again? She knows she’ll get squirted, but apparently bad attention is better than no attention?! Tigger, I’m talking about you! (my Tigger, not TDK Tigger )13 January, 2009 at 11:52 pm #360611
Linda is she seeing that the squirting is coming from you? If so, then she is trying to get your attention I suspect. The trick is to squirt them without them knowing where it comes from so they associate the thing they are doing with getting wet, not when Mom sees me doing this I get wet.14 January, 2009 at 12:05 am #360612
You’re right, petpntr. It’s my husband who does it and she ADORES him, so I’m sure it’s a ploy for attention. She actually doesn’t seem smart enough for that though. I know she wishes she was an only cat and “dad” didn’t have anyone else in his life!14 January, 2009 at 12:22 am #360613
When Wicket was naughty i squirted him with the bottle (without him seeing that it was coming from me) but he has so much fluff that it didn’t bother him!14 January, 2009 at 12:30 am #360614
IT isn’t a perfect system by far, but I’ve rather perfected how to hissy spit and roar like a mama cat. It often works about as well as any other method of disciplining cats. I just have to make them think I’m the biggest, baddest mama cat of all.14 January, 2009 at 1:48 am #360615
Well Marnet I have to admit I have never tried that but I think its worth the effort. It would probably work on kittens more than adult cats I think but you never know. Let’s hope Candid Camera is not around to see us cat people behave like cats14 January, 2009 at 1:59 am #360616
Oh, my, never hit or spank a cat. They are so small that you could do terrible damage, even with what might seem like an innocent swat. I do, however, have a squirt bottle within reach at most times. Max is so funny, though, when he sees me pick it up, he just looks at me and squints his eyes, like “uh oh, I’m gonna get wet–oh, well….” and keeps right on doing whatever it was he was doing. He’s got me pegged.14 January, 2009 at 2:14 am #360617
Maybe get you a small water gun that isn’t as noticeable to the little demons14 January, 2009 at 2:22 am #360618
MMM…I’m with you. Eventually mine learned where the squirting was coming from. Now they do something bad,see me grab the bottle, & set on the starting line saying…I’ll get to the finish line before you squirt the bottle & are gone in a puff of smoke.14 January, 2009 at 2:27 am #360619
How about tring a recording of the T-Rex off Jurasic Park14 January, 2009 at 3:36 am #360620
Well I think between roaring like a lion, a water gun and sound effects from Jurassic Park we will just about be able to stop them in their tracks. Ha, and Dr. Jon thought he had all the answers. He needs to join TDK!14 January, 2009 at 5:28 am #360621
One thing that worked with both my cat and dog was changing my voice to a deep slow and loud tone. I also used it ONLY when necessary and it worked because it sounded very deep and serious. They would stop whatever naughty thing they were doing and stare. I also used the word NO very sparingly, only when I needed to stop them from doing something. I would say it in the deep dark toned voice and they knew instantly that something “different” has come over Mom and we should stop what we’re doing. It always worked!15 January, 2009 at 5:13 am #360622
KK that’s what I do too. I have a fairly deep voice to begin with so when it goes even deeper it stops them in their tracks. They know someone did something wrong. I have never ever raised my voice at any of my cats until last year. Now keep in mind they are 8 years old now so they were 7 at the time. Toby often decides to jump on my back if I am bending over. Usually I will give him a ride and its a win win situation. For some reason he decided to jump on my back from the upper shelf of the bookcase. I think he was aiming for my shoulder but missed, put his claws out and kind of slid down my back. Ohmigod that was a slow slide let me tell you and I let out one hell of a yell. He had taken me totally by surprise and besides it hurt.
Poor Toby. He sulked and was the most unhappy kitty I have ever seen. It took him almost 3 days before he would come to me. I guess I won’t be yelling at them ever again.15 January, 2009 at 6:06 am #360623
EEYOUCH!!! I had some things like that happen to me too. I just regarded it as the hazards of having fur family members, but those accidental scratches really hurt!
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