Originally Posted by NJAngel021
Okay so heres a question I've been a cat owner for 20 years and I've always used a water bottle to chase my cats away from things they shouldn't be doing and its never hurt them and it keeps them from going back. So what's the big deal on the whole thing? long as ya ain't doing it up close and shootin em in the ears
I don't think it's a big deal either, and I also watch out for the eyes as well as the ears. However, it is what is known as negative reinforcement, and not everyone believes in using that method as a correction. Other prefer positive reinforcement, but that didn't work for me.
Ginger is a year old next week (approx) and I haven't had to use the squirt bottle in months, and in fact, last time I needed to use it, all I had to do was pick it up and she got the idea immediately and stopped the bad behavior!
I do think I'm lucky because she is a very well behaved girl, but I'll chalk at least 25% of that to the way I have brought her up in my household, and give her 75% credit for having an inherently good disposition.