I am a new cat owner and have had no real experience with cats or any animal for that matter. I have read alot of the internet about positive reinforcement of good behaviors and alot of suggested methods. A few people say it is okay to use punishment, others say it is only if it is not direct, others say it doesnt work and not to do it.
I would really like to teach my cat not hang out inside of the fireplace and jump on my counters / computer desk. He does not do it often (that a catch) and usually only when he sees me doing somthing like preparing food or just milling around in general. I am sure that it is just curiosity, which i applaud, but it really bothers me. Hes has got to learn.
When i catch him, is it okay to swat his ass and send him running off to his hideout? should i just say NO! and put him down? the spray bottle theory does not seam practical.
Does spanking a cat work?
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