Originally Posted by MRod1
Every cat I have ever had, or know are frighted of the vaccum cleaner. My new cat Buddy who is 6 months has absolutly no fear of the vaccum. I can literally push the vaccum into him and he won't move
Sometimes he might even chase me around while I vaccum. Once I even rented the rug doctor carpet cleaner, which is extremly loud, and he just attacked it. I think it is so cute, my cats I had while I was younger ran and hide the minute I pulled out the vaccum, and my sisters cats also run and hide. I was wondering how everyones furbies react to the vaccum cleaner. Does yours run and hide or have no fear. Just Curious.
my girl Nell was terrified of any loud noise when i got her. now if i know something is gonna make a loud noise, i tell her in "big noise" several times so that she does not startle when i turn the vacuum on, or use the printer on the PC (which is not that loud, but she thinks so)
when i am vacuuming, i tell her "its ok" several times in a soothing voice, and now as long as i do not get too close to her she just watches
the last time we had fireworks, i told her just before they were to start "big noise" and when they started, i said a few times, "its ok" and she was fine, she did not hide or anything!
if you use the same basic words and tone of voice, you can really do a lot to calm your cats down.
i dont know if i have trained them or they have trained me
but it nice to be able to say a few words so that they do not freak out when something unexpected happens (OK, OK i do not vacuum nearly often enough
my old girl was raised in a home where the owner vacuumed daily, and she is not at all afraid of the vacuum, in fact, sometimes i have to move her out of the way!!