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post #1 of 43
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A guy that my DH works with put a shock collar on their cat to keep it off the counter. That sounds so mean. Can that hurt the little one?

BTW, Hi everyone. It's been a long time since I've been on here. We are doing great with our cat Frankie. It seems like a lifetime ago that we were having problems with him peeing on the bed. The prescription diet has kept him from getting crystals in his urine and now he only goes in his litter box.
post #2 of 43
shock collars are Dangerous for a dog /./// it could be FATAL for a cat as they are usually designed for animals over 8lb s or 20 lbs
post #3 of 43
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I'm glad we don't go over to their house cuz if I would see them shock their cat I'd probably grab the cat and whip that collar off and take the cat home with me. I can't believe that they have 2 cats and are going to such an extreme just because the cat hops up on the counter. Heck, ours gets on the counter and we just yell to get down and if he doesn't we pick him up and put him down. If you're going to have a cat, you have to expect they are going to go on the counter sometimes.
post #4 of 43
Shock collars for cats...not a good idea! Hope their cat is going to be okay There are many different ways of disciplining a cat without a shock collar. Cats are intelligent - they learn quickly...
post #5 of 43
I'd put the collar on them and then frantically squeeze the shock button.
post #6 of 43
Are you sure they put a shock collar on the cat? If so that sounds very cruel!
I'm not sure how that would keep the cat off the counter anyway because those collars require someone to be there and push the remote button to deliver a shock. Maybe they meant that they got one of those 'scat mats' that have a shock when the cat steps on them? That would make a little more sense because you could leave it on the counter so the person would not have to be there to 'train' the cat to stay off the counter. (Personally I think those are pretty cruel too though.)
post #7 of 43
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I'd put the collar on them and then frantically squeeze the shock button.

No kidding. I don't know how they can do that to their baby.
post #8 of 43
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Are you sure they put a shock collar on the cat? If so that sounds very cruel!
I'm not sure how that would keep the cat off the counter anyway because those collars require someone to be there and push the remote button to deliver a shock. Maybe they meant that they got one of those 'scat mats' that have a shock when the cat steps on them? That would make a little more sense because you could leave it on the counter so the person would not have to be there to 'train' the cat to stay off the counter. (Personally I think those are pretty cruel too though.)
God, I hope I'm wrong. All I know is that my DH wrote to me and told me that they put a shock collar on one of their cats to keep it off the counter tops. Geez, just use some soap and water and wash off your counter before you prepare food on it instead of hurting your cat like that. I'd be scared of permanent damage too.
post #9 of 43
Shock collars are NOT made for cats - he's wrong in using it. IMO they are not good for dogs either!
post #10 of 43
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Shock collars are NOT made for cats - he's wrong in using it. IMO they are not good for dogs either!
I agree. Even when we had a dog that was a habitual barker we just used a can with pennies in it and would shake the can to get him to break his barking binges. There are so many better alternatives.
post #11 of 43
That is cruel. My cats counter surf and know to stay away from certain areas. Do people really think when they aren't home they aren't surfing away like maniacs on the counters? Mine know that treats are on the treat plate on the floor. So they rarely surf except to look out of my window at the garden.

Like you said clean your counters. I disinfect mine daily.
post #12 of 43
I truly hate people that use things like that. Pets are not meant to be a decoration that sits around your house and looks nice, never doing anything. Pets are meant to be companions, as full of quirks and preferences, curiosity, and emotion as you. If someone cannot understand this, they do not deserve to own animals.
post #13 of 43
Ok this is my first post here so I hope it doesn't make everybody hate me

They actually have shock collars designed specifically for cats now. I think they are for animals from 5 to 20 lbs or something, and have different shock levels. The receivers are supposedly smaller so they are easier for kitties to wear.

Now the disclaimer: I don't agree with putting a shock collar on the cat.(especially for something silly like getting on the counter!) I just wanted to offer a LITTLE hope for y'all worried about the health of the kitty.
post #14 of 43
I'm more against them then for them. I know that if used right, they are a good tool for some things for dogs. However, our lab was abused with a shock collar (for barking) and hitting/yelling at her. When we got her she was terrified to even whine. I sometimes wish I knew what her previous owner did to her! Then again......
post #15 of 43
Whatever happened to the good old fashioned spray bottle (or Supersoaker, depending on your annoyance level/aim)?

I've used that all my life to discourage cats from being places they aren't supposed to. All they learn, ever, is not to be there when people are around, but at least it saves a little embarrassment when guests are over!

(Any time I wander out for a midnight snack, though, there's Ysa on the kitchen table, who always looks at me when she sees me with this utter look of innocence... "Um... how did I get up here?!? It wasn't me!")
post #16 of 43
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Whatever happened to the good old fashioned spray bottle (or Supersoaker, depending on your annoyance level/aim)?

I've used that all my life to discourage cats from being places they aren't supposed to. All they learn, ever, is not to be there when people are around, but at least it saves a little embarrassment when guests are over!

(Any time I wander out for a midnight snack, though, there's Ysa on the kitchen table, who always looks at me when she sees me with this utter look of innocence... "Um... how did I get up here?!? It wasn't me!")
Actually, it's not a good idea to spray water at the cats either. If you get water in their ears it can develop into a very nasty ear infection and worse so we TCS folks don't recommend it.
post #17 of 43
Oh, I always aim at their rear ends. I've gotten to be a pretty good shot and I haven't hit their faces, ever, in the year since I started using a water pistol. (It's one of those little cheap ones that just spits a little water... the kind you can use indoors practically.) Actually, after the first couple of times a cat gets a wet butt, I just have to get out the pistol and show it to the cat and they stop doing whatever it is.

For the most part, I don't worry about counters; but water pistols are a good way to keep 'em from annoying each other. Tiny used to get it at least weekly for picking on Baby Girl... nowadays Baby chases him back and I can't remember where my water pistol even is...
post #18 of 43
mean, mean , mean.
post #19 of 43
I HATE shock collars, even for dogs.
post #20 of 43
That's pretty mean for something as minor as walking on the counter. There are several options for non-painful ways to try and train kitty if they are really determined.

I just clean the counters before I use them for food prep. I gave up on the counter battle years ago. Even my MIL isn't as strict with her cat about counters/tables anymore.

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They actually have shock collars designed specifically for cats now. I think they are for animals from 5 to 20 lbs or something, and have different shock levels. The receivers are supposedly smaller so they are easier for kitties to wear.
That's just plain scary. Most people who have the dog shock collars use them incorrectly/abusively.
post #21 of 43
I'd be tempted to call animal protection...

Personally, I wouldn't do things to my cats that I wouldn't do to another person. It's like raising children. Would we put shock collars on them?
post #22 of 43
I know about them because my roommate wanted me to get one for my kitty Spooky to keep him from running out the door (which he does EVERY time you open it).

The cat ones he found were not the kind with a remote where you could shock them at will, but rather like an electric fence. If they got within a set range of the transmitter (2-12 feet) it would give them a warning beep, then had 3 levels of "correction" (shocks) that would continue in severity until they stopped approaching the transmitter.

I still put my foot down and said no, not to my kitty. I wish the best of luck to the cat in question, though I don't see there's anything anybody can do if that's what their owners wish to do to them.
post #23 of 43
I would report them. There is no sense in that whatsoever. I would suggest in a round about way that they consider using sticky tape because eventually when they take their cat to the vet, the vet would want to know what caused the sores on their neck and then they would get reported anyways.
post #24 of 43
Wow. Just wow. That is horrible and inhumane. I don't like shock collars for dogs either. That poor kitty. I agree with others about reporting them!
post #25 of 43
OMG that is so horrible. Is that even legal to hurt your cat like that? Cant you call the SPCA and report them? Im pretty sure thats cruelty. I dont get why some people have cats, so sad
post #26 of 43
Personally,I would N0T use shock collars on a dog OR a cat.I think it's not fit for either Just because things are out on the market...doesn't mean its "safe" for pets...think pine& cedar bedding for rodents [its actually not "ok" for any small animal...or reptile out there],betta bowls& goldfish bowls [enough said...1 adult goldfish needs 20gallons,& I wouldnt house any fish in under 5 gals,personally I dont house anything under 10gals ] & many MANY more things out there i'm sure!
I'd love to see shock collars taken off the market >.< Poor animals...
post #27 of 43
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I'd put the collar on them and then frantically squeeze the shock button.
Me too!
post #28 of 43
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I'd be tempted to call animal protection...

Personally, I wouldn't do things to my cats that I wouldn't do to another person. It's like raising children. Would we put shock collars on them?
Research the Judge Rotenberg Center. It's a special school for autistic kids. They use shock "treatment" on them. And we're not just talking really low-functioning kids, either. A lot of them have only got Asperger's... others are "emotionally disturbed" or mentally retarded... It makes me really mad because I'm autistic too and that makes me feel a real kinship with those kids. They don't just get it for really crazy stuff, either. They get shocked for little things like getting out of their seats at school... One kid got shocked something like 70 times in a day.

Apparently you can still mistreat people if you can claim that you are "helping" them.
post #29 of 43
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Originally Posted by CruiserMaiden View Post
Ok this is my first post here so I hope it doesn't make everybody hate me

They actually have shock collars designed specifically for cats now. I think they are for animals from 5 to 20 lbs or something, and have different shock levels. The receivers are supposedly smaller so they are easier for kitties to wear.

Now the disclaimer: I don't agree with putting a shock collar on the cat.(especially for something silly like getting on the counter!) I just wanted to offer a LITTLE hope for y'all worried about the health of the kitty.
Get a grip everyone! CruiserMaiden, can you direct me to a site where the sell shock collars for cats/small animals?

I don't worry about my 2 cats getting up on counters, furniture, clothes, whatever... what I DO worry about is my cats leaving our yard and being mistreated by strangers or eaten by coyotes. We enjoy spending a lot of time in our back yard. Our cats (that we love very much, btw) want to come outside with us. Of late, they have gotten adventurous and have hopped the fence/wall and spent the day (and sometimes night) in the neighbor's yard or wandering the neighborhood.

We would like to train them to stay off the wall and stay in our yard by "zapping" them whenever they get up on the wall. They love being outside and, now that they know what they are missing, we think that it would be more cruel to keep them locked inside than to zap them a couple of times to train them to stay in the yard.

Assuming that zapping them would do the trick - which it may not...
post #30 of 43
Why don't you just put a harness and tether on them? Or build an outside enclosure. I would think "zapping" a cat when they are jumping on a wall is just as likely to freak them out and have them run off than teach them anything. You want to keep your cats safe, contain them.
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