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post #1 of 13
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Has anyone used one of these? Does it work?
post #2 of 13
It seems to work with Marcie. I haven't actually witnessed her being shocked by it, but my husband has run afoul of it several times. I actually thing that the cat figured it out quicker than the husband

There are several surfaces that I wanted to keep her off of and since nothing else that I tried worked, I ended up purchasing a scat mat and rotating it between the various surfaces. I guess it works...I haven't seen any evidence of Marcie being up there.
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Originally Posted by WELDRWOMN View Post
I haven't actually witnessed her being shocked by it, but my husband has run afoul of it several times.
Gosh, how high did you set the voltage?
post #4 of 13
As far as I am aware, TCS does not support this as a humane behavioral treatment. I know I would never shock treatment any living soul for any reason.
I think if you are going to resort to something like this, maybe you don't have the time to give them needed to avoid that.
post #5 of 13
That sounds cruel. My kitty is allowed anywhere in the house and he exercises that right on every occasion!!! But if I had to stop him getting on something I would definately use a more humane way of doing so. I have read quite a lot on this site about alternatives that are much more cat friendly, have you explored any of these other options?
post #6 of 13
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I don't know what else to try. My issue is we are remodeling a kitchen in a house we just bought. My little cat likes to hang and climb up the doors and drawers to get to the countertop. Once she is there, she gets down. I don't want the new cabinets to get ruined (she has ruined the ones in our apt) I could try the tape on the edges but my big cat thinks tape is candy. Any suggestions?
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Originally Posted by cheylink View Post
As far as I am aware, TCS does not support this as a humane behavioral treatment. I know I would never shock treatment any living soul for any reason.
I think if you are going to resort to something like this, maybe you don't have the time to give them needed to avoid that.

I think that you are mistaken. I actually had several ppl reccommend the scat mat to me on this very forum.
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I don't know what else to try. My issue is we are remodeling a kitchen in a house we just bought. My little cat likes to hang and climb up the doors and drawers to get to the countertop. Once she is there, she gets down. I don't want the new cabinets to get ruined (she has ruined the ones in our apt) I could try the tape on the edges but my big cat thinks tape is candy. Any suggestions?
Before I tried the scat mat, I tried squirting Marcie with water, putting foil down, putting double sided tape down, using citrus-scented things, loud objects that she might be startled by, and bitter apple. Marcie just figured out that she should wait untli my husband and myself weren't around to get up on counters. You can't discipline the cat hours after she did something wrong...she wouldn't understand. We used the scat mat as a last resort and it works.
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by WELDRWOMN View Post
You can't discipline the cat hours after she did something wrong...she wouldn't understand. We used the scat mat as a last resort and it works.
Thanks, I agree with not being able to discipline after the fact and what is to keep her off when we are not home? I think I will try the mat.
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I think I will try the mat.
Hope you change your mind.
post #11 of 13
I'm definitely open to changing my mind if this is untrue, but I would suspect (I haven't looked into them) that they set the voltage very low so that it is like receiving a shock from rubbing your feet on carpet and touching a metal doorknob. Am I wrong to think that would be okay? In scientific experiments, that is what they use and it works in just a few shocks.
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by cheylink View Post
As far as I am aware, TCS does not support this as a humane behavioral treatment. I know I would never shock treatment any living soul for any reason.
I think if you are going to resort to something like this, maybe you don't have the time to give them needed to avoid that.
I agree with you 100% on this one.
post #13 of 13
The scat mat that I purchased has three settings - low, medium, and high. I have left it on low and it works great. It really is comparable to a static shock. Or to touching your tongue to a 9v battery.

To Persi and Yayi - I finally found the thread that I started in January where the scat mat was reccommended to me http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...light=scat+mat
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