Thursday, March 03, 2005

Feeling Guilty

This past weekend, my fiancee Liz and I bought a spray bottle so we could use it to train the boys to stay away from certain places -- the diningroom table, the power strip under my desk, etc. We've tried several other cat repellants and each one either doesn't work or only works to a point. I'll post my reviews of some of these soon, but we've tried a noise-based solution, a motion detector that sprays water, and sticky doublesided tape. We need to be able to train the boys not to go to certain places.

That said, I have a hard time motivating myself to spray the boys with water. I always feel so guilty about it because it startles them so and they usually jump away with such wildness that I worry they will hurt themselves. Tonight, I saw Beowulf on top of the TV set and I sprayed him. He jumped off so fast that he fell on top of a speaker with a loud crash. He seemed ok physically, though I'm not sure how I'd know if he broke a bone. But he was obviously startled and upset. I gave him some treats and he calmed down and went to sleep, but I feel so guilty.

7 comments:

MrGonSings said...

My experience on this tells me that you'll probably wear out your patience and teaching abilities, before you get to teach a cat not to go where you don't want him to...
I think decoys work better than sprays or water or any other sort of repelent...
Don't let your cats know which are the places you attribute importance in the house, as they will only want to go there, once they have felt it...
As I said before, try decoys... Any place or thing you don't give a damn about it, but make them feel like if that was the most sacred place or thing on earth...
I bet they will only wanna go there...
Good luck...
and lots of patience...

Mia's mom said...

We had a problem with our kitty, Mia, jumping on the dresser and exploring at 0600 hrs. Needless to say, the act and the time the act is committed was not very agreeable. We used a can a compressed air to startle her. Just spray it in the air, not AT her. The psst sound startled her and got her off the dresser. Now she doesn't do that anymore. It took a few times b4 she figured out that if we didn't want her doing something, we would make the psst sound. Now we don't even have to make the psst sound, we just have to show her the can of compressed air and she stops whatever thing she's not supposed to be doing, (like trying to see what's behind the washing machine) hth

Anonymous said...

i tried the water bottle thing with my cat who loves to climb screens. it didnt work. it scared the heck out of him and you know what? i really think it hurt our relationship. i think it made him more paranoid. and like i said, he still climbs screens.i tried bitter apple too but it didnt work. he wants to do it, he WILL do it. and its hard to be consistent enough as they are home alone for 8 hrs a day. just be careful.

Anonymous said...

We used the water bottle and had the required results. We accompanied the squirt with a firm NO. After a while, just the sight of the bottle was enough to stop the behavior. And the best part is they never really associated the bottle with us, just with the bad behavior. Now we're blessed with a cat who actually listens when I just tell her NO. I don't even have to yell it.

Jenn said...

What Mrgonsings said is true in my home. I found that if I invited Timothy into the places where I really didn't want him to go, he realized it wasn't off limits and it lost it's thrill to go in there. I shooed him away from my bedroom where he's allowed and now, it's one of his favorite rooms in the house (aside from the bathroom LOL!).
If you decide to continue using the water bottle, just be sure to not send mixed signals by rewarding him with a treat afterwards. Don't feel bad about spritzing them. They'll eventually learn that the water bottle isn't their friend and just the sight of it will be enough to send them running :)

Anonymous said...

Hi! Staci here, being "Anonymous"... I am from a long line of cat lovers, so I know from lifelong experience that the water bottle is your best bet. If you are trying to keep them off of something in particular, like a dresser, try loosely balling up some big peices of tin foil and laying it wherever you don't want the cat to go. They (usually) hate tinfoil. Double-sided tape works well in some instances -- like furniture.

Anonymous said...

You are kinda weird to love cats so much dude... Umm... get outside more?