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post #1 of 20
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Teaching your cat/ kitten "no" do you use? I use a suirt bottle with water in it and only if eaither cat is scratching furnature, being naughty, and they only get one squirt, then a firm "no", from me.

I was just wondering, what works for you?

post #2 of 20
I start off with a loud and firm "NO".
If they keep repeating the behavior, I get out the squirt bottle.

I speak really softy and in a baby voice to my cats, so any raising of my voice or different tone is what gets their attention mostly.
post #3 of 20
Only really bad behaviors motivate me to get out the squirt bottle (I had to squirt Leo back into the house one day after he ran outside), but normally, they get a harsh 'NO!' and get ignored.
post #4 of 20
We don't use a squirt bottle. We use a water pistol to remove ourselves from their sight and association with the negative reinforcement. When we DO use the water pistol, we try to be as unobtrusive about it as possible so that they have no idea where the water came from, but it seems to always happen when they're on the table or chewing on a cord so ergo, getting on the table and chewing on cords causes it!

If I don't have a pistol handy, then the loud firm no and repetition. CONSTANT repetition. Narsil is stubborn, I have to correct him constantly; Mithril I can look sternly at and he'll stop whatever. Usually
post #5 of 20
i never tell mine 'NO'. they are spoilt and can do as they please. lol.

if they bite or scratch i hiss at them or walk away so they dont get any attention.
post #6 of 20
We use no, hiss, and ignoreing.

They really HATE being ignored.
post #7 of 20
If it's something that could potentially harm him he gets squirted. If it's something he just shouldn't be doing, I say "Cupid, NO!" and move him away from it. Usually saying "NO" will get him to stop. If he's doing something to ME, like love-biting, I say NO and ignore him.

If I say his name gradually getting louder (like CupIIIIIIID) he knows he's on thin ice and he comes runnin' and lovin'.
post #8 of 20
I don't squirt water at them, i try and distract them with the laser pen
post #9 of 20
I really don't use guess I should I will learn from u guys...thankyou all
post #10 of 20
I really detest squirt bottles - they almost bever work unless the cat does not see you and it occurs as soon as the deed is done. I use positive reinforcement and when she was a kitten, did what her feline mama would have - blew on her or hissed. She is an immaculately behavioured kitty and a trained therapy cat!
post #11 of 20
LOL! My cats get away with murder. My home is their home, they can do no wrong
post #12 of 20
My cats know the meaning of a loud NO. I think squirting water at them is too dangerous and therefor unnecessary. I would never put them in any danger of harm just to get my point across~
post #13 of 20
Giving a firm "NO" for Summer's chewing wasn't working. She has been known to eat undigestible things such as scotch tape from a poster (she had to have 2 surgeries to remove objects within 4 months time). So, we needed to come up with a new way. My vet suggested putting some coins in an empty soda can and then shake it up the moment we see her in the act of chewing. This works great! She usually runs into another room, and I certainly don't have to shake the can for very long!

My vet told me that by giving your cat a "NO!" or saying their name loudly, the cat will associate their bad behavior with you and just do it when you're around.
post #14 of 20
blow air on face
eye-eye contact all the time
AND my last resort: "time out" in jail (max. 10 minutes). My cats are indoor/outdoor and their jail room (fenced area inside the house) faces the garden. They hate being confined.
post #15 of 20
I use NO, and if they ignore me I tell the dog to yell at them.
One bark, they stop doing whatever it is.

The one year olds now stop immeditely when I say no.

Squirt bottle is only used if they are doing something that puts them in immediate danger.
post #16 of 20
Glad to see I'm not the only one who's cats can do no wrong

I've never shouted at or disiplinced mine in any way yet. If they're doing something I'd rather they didn't, then I distract them with something else.
post #17 of 20
Buffy and Willow are perfect and never get in trouble . Lol, but seriously, Buffy's the only one who gets in trouble (she does it for the attention, I swear), we just remove her from the scene and place her where she should be. If she goes on the counter, we just remove her and put her on the floor. If she's hassling Jake (the dog), we take her away and put her somewhere else.
post #18 of 20
Hissing works here, and a few coins in an empty pringles container.
post #19 of 20
I find that a firm 'no' coupled with the name of the offender works. Sometimes the name is enough, said in the right tone of voice. I of course often use their names in loving or 'come here' voices too, and they know the difference. At the beginning, 'no' plus being lifted away from the scene of the crime showed them what was not acceptable. They are pretty good now, except when they want attention and they each have their own way of getting it - Persil climbs a plant, Ellie scratches the sofa and Dushka finds a piece of paper to shred loudly (if possible something on my desk!).
post #20 of 20
Most of the time it's a no and picking them up to move to more appropriate place.
Rarely a 5 min time out, for something really bad.

For the kittens, a can with pennies works when they are chewing wires, they are pretty much over it now
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