Originally Posted by Phenomsmom
I really don't think the collar is a good idea and neither with the other members of this site. As I said before cats really don't respond to these sorts of deterents like dogs and other animals do.
This is wrong though.
If cats don't like something they will avoid it. So a deterrent like this might work. I find the collar no more cruel than the squirt bottle honestly. I don't like or use either of them, but as far as cruelness goes, I don't think either one is worse than the other.
But Cats prove time and time again that if they have a bad experience with a particular thing or place, they usually don't go back to that thing or place for a very long time. That, my friend, is called a deterrent.
The Sticky tape and tinfoil that people put down to stop their cat from climbing on counters is the SAME thing. It is done because it is thought to be unpleasant for the pet and will deter them from wanting to go up there again.
Many have recommended spraying their cords with bitter apple to keep the cats from chewing on them. We do so because Bitter apple is unpleasant for the cat. Thus, it is deterring the animal from chewing on the cords anymore.
Are you getting my point yet? You are setting a double standard based on nothing more than your idea of what you think is socially acceptable.
For all you know a cat might prefer electric shock treatment to walking on sticky-tape, for all I know my cat would prefer to be zapped then have his nails clipped every couple of weeks (he most assuredly acts like it).
The electric collars are stupid for cats or dogs. They're for lazy pet owners who don't care enough to train their pets properly. In very few cases are they actually necessary to train a pet who is so stubborn that nothing else works, but they are no more "cruel" than spraying a cat with water or feeding it bitter apple or laying down sticky tape (which my cat also hates with a passion).
To the cat, it's ALL cruel and evil. Trust me, the cat doesn't differentiate one scruffing as being necessary (to clip nails, administer medication, etc.) as opposed to another scruffing for punishment. It's all the same scruffing to them, it's only humans that want to believe there is a distinction.