No time outs here! My cats can go anywhere, they dont jump on the stove when Im cooking and when I have just finished cooking, I put a cold water filled pan over the stove eye until it cools. Countertops can always be cleaned before you use them and should be because they will be on the counters when you dont know.
I dont believe in "punishment" for cats. I dont think cats will develop into confident secure cats with "punishment" IMO.
Originally Posted by Epona
For example, Nate is sitting on the sofa with Radar petting him, Radar starts to get in a playful mood then gets overexcited and grabs hold of Nates arm with his mouth (imagine those videos of police dogs being trained) and won't let go - off he goes to the bathroom for a few minutes to cool off.
Kiko sometimes will do that, too. I will gently take his back paws with my other hand and hold them together and start talking to him softly and for some reason, he will totally relax and start purring and licking me.