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Old 10-30-2008, 04:54 PM   #1
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Cat training, is rather like cat herding, only more so.

Here's one really sharp person that came up with an excellent and amusing solution.

The last vid is my favorite.

http://www.plasma2002.com/blenderdefender/
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Old 10-30-2008, 05:01 PM   #2
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hee ! finally, a solution that works !!

now, how to adapt this for my own use... possibly in the context of the shums rather than the cats (i don't have any plants and not much counters).
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what a splendid idea .... but rather unfair ....
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Old 10-31-2008, 02:56 PM   #4
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I gotta get me one of tem! I have a banana plant that Thspud the Nip Addicted just thinks of as a toilet. Nearly killed it three times, now. Even he could learn with that device.
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If you are truly desperate to save your plant and get some workable cat discipline going, I recommend a small spray bottle filled with plain old white vinegar. When you see the cat doing something bad, or quickly making an exit grab it and take back over to the place and spray it. IF you can stand the stink of the vinegar yourself this is highly effective. We got this idea from a friend who attended the Cat Tales Zoo School, which specializes in teaching students to work with big cats like lions, pumas, and tigers as well as functioning as a big cat rescue. The zoo uses hot vinegar diluted with water and big spray bottles, but we find that normal household white vinegar works just find for normal house cats. Our cats hate the smell and the taste is worse. Just be careful not to get it in their eyes, and bathe the animal quickly if it happens. Yes, this is rather mean, it does work.
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Old 10-31-2008, 10:35 PM   #6
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If you are truly desperate to save your plant and get some workable cat discipline going, I recommend a small spray bottle filled with plain old white vinegar. When you see the cat doing something bad, or quickly making an exit grab it and take back over to the place and spray it. IF you can stand the stink of the vinegar yourself this is highly effective. We got this idea from a friend who attended the Cat Tales Zoo School, which specializes in teaching students to work with big cats like lions, pumas, and tigers as well as functioning as a big cat rescue. The zoo uses hot vinegar diluted with water and big spray bottles, but we find that normal household white vinegar works just find for normal house cats. Our cats hate the smell and the taste is worse. Just be careful not to get it in their eyes, and bathe the animal quickly if it happens. Yes, this is rather mean, it does work.
We use just plain water in a spray bottle, set on "stream". Our kitty used to love to "stalk" us and jump on our legs as we walked by. We both were looking like an ad for safe sex or meth addiction with the bites.
It was either kill the cat or figure a way. Actually started walking around with spray bottles, and every time he even thought about it, would shoot him with a shot. After a while, we only had to show him the bottle, and he would do an about turn in mid air.
The key was consistency. Pain in the rear, but at least kitty is still alive.....am seriously thinking of having his teeth removed, tho.......
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Desertgrandma, you are right about starting with the water. We actually did that is why we had 4 little spray bottles around to put the vinegar in. And it was quite effective with my boy kitty. However, for my husband's little girl kitty once the shock value wore off after a few months her attitude became "so what?" Then it went to "I like to splash in the water! Do it again-I don't care!" That is when my friend started her zoo keeper training and talked about the vinegar. We have never had a bite/scratch problem, but she was starting to regularly destroy things in her play so we needed another solution. It worked, but it does stink.
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Old 10-31-2008, 11:09 PM   #8
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Desertgrandma, you are right about starting with the water. We actually did that is why we had 4 little spray bottles around to put the vinegar in. And it was quite effective with my boy kitty. However, for my husband's little girl kitty once the shock value wore off after a few months her attitude became "so what?" Then it went to "I like to splash in the water! Do it again-I don't care!" That is when my friend started her zoo keeper training and talked about the vinegar. We have never had a bite/scratch problem, but she was starting to regularly destroy things in her play so we needed another solution. It worked, but it does stink.
that is such a CAT attitude!
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Old 11-01-2008, 10:01 AM   #9
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If you are truly desperate to save your plant and get some workable cat discipline going, I recommend a small spray bottle filled with plain old white vinegar. When you see the cat doing something bad, or quickly making an exit grab it and take back over to the place and spray it. IF you can stand the stink of the vinegar yourself this is highly effective. We got this idea from a friend who attended the Cat Tales Zoo School, which specializes in teaching students to work with big cats like lions, pumas, and tigers as well as functioning as a big cat rescue. The zoo uses hot vinegar diluted with water and big spray bottles, but we find that normal household white vinegar works just find for normal house cats. Our cats hate the smell and the taste is worse. Just be careful not to get it in their eyes, and bathe the animal quickly if it happens. Yes, this is rather mean, it does work.
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We use just plain water in a spray bottle, set on "stream". Our kitty used to love to "stalk" us and jump on our legs as we walked by. We both were looking like an ad for safe sex or meth addiction with the bites.
It was either kill the cat or figure a way. Actually started walking around with spray bottles, and every time he even thought about it, would shoot him with a shot. After a while, we only had to show him the bottle, and he would do an about turn in mid air.
The key was consistency. Pain in the rear, but at least kitty is still alive.....am seriously thinking of having his teeth removed, tho.......
Sorry, but it's a short term solution. (pun intended)
Cats are notable hyppocrits and will thus operate at night instead.

Worse, I had one who thought it was a game! He had noooo problem with water.

That blender thing will work a long time but you might kill hubby with a heart attack one night when he sneaks down for a beer and a roast sandwich.
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Old 11-01-2008, 12:07 PM   #10
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Sorry, but it's a short term solution. (pun intended)
Cats are notable hyppocrits and will thus operate at night instead.

Worse, I had one who thought it was a game! He had noooo problem with water.

That blender thing will work a long time but you might kill hubby with a heart attack one night when he sneaks down for a beer and a roast sandwich.
This is true, they will do stuff at night that they KNOW you won't know about. However, my legs are usually under the covers then, so I don't care. All plants are outdoors, and I"ve learned to keep the counters cleared of any food I might want to eat in the future....(cookies, cakes, etc....nothing like a trail of crumbs along the floor....)
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Cover the soil of the plants. I'd stick in lots of holly sprigs, or berberis. Then it's not so attractive to cats, who won't like the prickles.
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