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Jeff Caspari
October 28th 08, 11:29 AM
Hello all,

Is it possible to teach a cat not to get on certain furniture and what is
the most effective and humane approach?

Right now I just take him off and say "No" and then get a bit rougher when
he repeats it.

Also, I did get him a scratching post and tied some cute hanging toys from
it but he really doesn't use it instead of the furniture.

For instance, at this moment he is trying to get on this laptop and I've had
to push him away a few times (although it's adorable). Is he learning or is
it hopeless?

Thanks very much,
Jeff

dgk
October 28th 08, 02:07 PM
On Tue, 28 Oct 2008 10:29:27 GMT, "Jeff Caspari" >
wrote:

>Hello all,
>
>Is it possible to teach a cat not to get on certain furniture and what is
>the most effective and humane approach?
>
>Right now I just take him off and say "No" and then get a bit rougher when
>he repeats it.
>
>Also, I did get him a scratching post and tied some cute hanging toys from
>it but he really doesn't use it instead of the furniture.
>
>For instance, at this moment he is trying to get on this laptop and I've had
>to push him away a few times (although it's adorable). Is he learning or is
>it hopeless?
>
>Thanks very much,
>Jeff
>

Furiture you can do. There's various sprays (citrus stuff) or sticky
tape that seems to work. I don't bother; all I try to do is keep them
off the dining table but I'm sure they're all over it when the
non-feline members of the household are away. But I didn't use the
spray or tape approach.

As for the laptop, forget it. That's the same as reading a newspaper.
You're looking at it and they want you to look at them so they plop
themselves on whatever you're doing. I think we're being honored by
them but I'm not sure.

AZ Nomad[_2_]
October 28th 08, 03:43 PM
On Tue, 28 Oct 2008 10:29:27 GMT, Jeff Caspari > wrote:
>Hello all,

>Is it possible to teach a cat not to get on certain furniture and what is
>the most effective and humane approach?

>Right now I just take him off and say "No" and then get a bit rougher when
>he repeats it.

>Also, I did get him a scratching post and tied some cute hanging toys from
>it but he really doesn't use it instead of the furniture.

>For instance, at this moment he is trying to get on this laptop and I've had
>to push him away a few times (although it's adorable). Is he learning or is
>it hopeless?

Kittens can be extremely stubborn. Just keep repeating no. Never get
rough -- that *never* works. Sometimes a "time out" might be necessary if
you need to get some serious work done without kitty attacking your eyes
as you read.

As the kitten becomes a cat, he'll calm down and get into a schedule of sleeping
at least 16 hours a day. If he's a little ******* like my mongo, he'll only
misbehave when he wants attention. :-)

AZ Nomad[_2_]
October 28th 08, 03:44 PM
On Tue, 28 Oct 2008 09:07:43 -0400, dgk > wrote:
>As for the laptop, forget it. That's the same as reading a newspaper.
>You're looking at it and they want you to look at them so they plop
>themselves on whatever you're doing. I think we're being honored by
>them but I'm not sure.

Or kitty wants to join you in what you doing and look at the laptop too.
Best position to do that is to sit on the keyboard and attack the "mouse"
pointer on the screen. Why does it keep moving? Why won't anybody kill it?!

cybercat
October 28th 08, 05:44 PM
"Jeff Caspari" > wrote in message
...
> Hello all,
>
> Is it possible to teach a cat not to get on certain furniture and what is
> the most effective and humane approach?

A LOUD "no" or "no" accompanied by a sharp clap will work best, as cats hate
to be startled by sharp, loud noises. No water, and NO slapping.

Matthew[_3_]
October 28th 08, 06:27 PM
"cybercat" > wrote in message
...
>
> "Jeff Caspari" > wrote in message
> ...
>> Hello all,
>>
>> Is it possible to teach a cat not to get on certain furniture and what is
>> the most effective and humane approach?
>
> A LOUD "no" or "no" accompanied by a sharp clap will work best, as cats
> hate to be startled by sharp, loud noises. No water, and NO slapping.
the sharp noise I found that works best is marbles in a coffee can talk
about a racket

Rene S.
October 28th 08, 07:56 PM
On Oct 28, 5:29*am, "Jeff Caspari" > wrote:
> Hello all,
>
> Is it possible to teach a cat not to get on certain furniture and what is
> the most effective and humane approach?
>
> Right now I just take him off and say "No" and then get a bit rougher when
> he repeats it.

I hope you don't mean that you hit him by "bit rougher!"

First, you need to have a scratcher that's appealing to him, and it
sounds like what you have isn't his thing. Try a different kind of
scratcher--cardboard is an inexpensive and popular alternative. Is he
a vertical or horizontal scratcher? Some cats even prefer "non
traditional" surfaces, like a piece of wood or an upside down wicker
basket. Whatever it is, he needs to like it and use it.

You can use Sticky Paws (double sided tape), tin foil, or an upside
down, plastic carpet runner to keep him off the furniture, counters,
or other surfaces. Do you have a cat tree he can climb instead?

If you catch him scratching on furniture, say no, and redirect him to
the scratcher. Praise him a lot when he uses it. And one other thing,
make sure the scratcher is in a central location or near his bed.
Don't hide it in a corner.

honeybunch
November 3rd 08, 04:33 AM
On Oct 28, 5:29*am, "Jeff Caspari" > wrote:
> Hello all,
>
> Is it possible to teach a cat not to get on certain furniture and what is
> the most effective and humane approach?
>
> Right now I just take him off and say "No" and then get a bit rougher when
> he repeats it.
>
> Also, I did get him a scratching post and tied some cute hanging toys from
> it but he really doesn't use it instead of the furniture.
>
> For instance, at this moment he is trying to get on this laptop and I've had
> to push him away a few times (although it's adorable). *Is he learning or is
> it hopeless?
>
> Thanks very much,
>ff

I would like to train my cat to wrap his tail around his body when he
eats. I have a very small kitchen and whenever he eats he always
extends his tail right across the floor so that I could easily step
on it by accident which I dont want to do. Im not sure how to go
about training him to make this change in behavior because he wont pay
any attention to me when he is eating. Ive noticed that other times
he generally sits or crouches with his tail wrapped up around him.

Matthew[_3_]
November 3rd 08, 04:59 AM
"honeybunch" > wrote in message
...
On Oct 28, 5:29 am, "Jeff Caspari" > wrote:
> Hello all,
>
> Is it possible to teach a cat not to get on certain furniture and what is
> the most effective and humane approach?
>
> Right now I just take him off and say "No" and then get a bit rougher when
> he repeats it.
>
> Also, I did get him a scratching post and tied some cute hanging toys from
> it but he really doesn't use it instead of the furniture.
>
> For instance, at this moment he is trying to get on this laptop and I've
> had
> to push him away a few times (although it's adorable). Is he learning or
> is
> it hopeless?
>
> Thanks very much,
>ff

I would like to train my cat to wrap his tail around his body when he
eats. I have a very small kitchen and whenever he eats he always
extends his tail right across the floor so that I could easily step
on it by accident which I dont want to do. Im not sure how to go
about training him to make this change in behavior because he wont pay
any attention to me when he is eating. Ive noticed that other times
he generally sits or crouches with his tail wrapped up around him.

this might sound cruel but step on it enough for him to realize tail in
bad place. I am not talking about any type of pressure that will hurt him
jut enough for him to realize what needs to be done

I have trouble walking sometimes and the furballs like to stop in front of
me so they get a helpful boot when they do it they have learned to move it
or get a helpful foot to move along

Sheelagh>\o\
November 4th 08, 07:28 PM
On Nov 3, 3:59*am, "Matthew" > wrote:
> "honeybunch" > wrote in message
>
> ...
> On Oct 28, 5:29 am, "Jeff Caspari" > wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
> > Hello all,
>
> > Is it possible to teach a cat not to get on certain furniture and what is
> > the most effective and humane approach?
>
> > Right now I just take him off and say "No" and then get a bit rougher when
> > he repeats it.
>
> > Also, I did get him a scratching post and tied some cute hanging toys from
> > it but he really doesn't use it instead of the furniture.
>
> > For instance, at this moment he is trying to get on this laptop and I've
> > had
> > to push him away a few times (although it's adorable). Is he learning or
> > is
> > it hopeless?
>
> > Thanks very much,
> >ff
>
> I would like to train my cat to wrap his tail around his body when he
> eats. *I have a very small kitchen and whenever he eats he always
> extends his tail *right across the floor so that I could easily step
> on it by accident which I dont want to do. * Im not sure how to go
> about training him to make this change in behavior because he wont pay
> any attention to me when he is eating. *Ive noticed that other times
> he generally sits or crouches with his tail wrapped up around him.
>
> this might sound cruel *but step on it * enough for him to realize *tail in
> bad place. *I am not talking about any type of pressure that will hurt him
> jut enough for him to realize what needs to be done
>
> I have trouble walking sometimes and the furballs like to stop in front of
> me *so they get a helpful boot when they do it *they have learned to move it
> or get a helpful foot to move along- Hide quoted text -
>
> - Show quoted text -

How is it that cats seem to anticipate exactly where your next
footstep will be, before the event?
Doesn't matter which way you go, you can almost be certain that Ringo
will be there a nano second before your own brain even realises where
you intended to put that foot? Either way, I love him, & move a milli
step further every time too!
S >"o"<

Matthew[_3_]
November 4th 08, 08:23 PM
"Sheelagh>"o"<" >



Sheelagh How are you doing long time no see

cindys
November 5th 08, 10:12 PM
On Nov 4, 2:23*pm, "Matthew" > wrote:
> "Sheelagh>"o"<" >
>
> Sheelagh * How are you doing long time no see

----------
Sheelagh, I've been thinking about you too. I was going to e-mail you
to see how you are, but I'm glad to see you're posting.
Best regards,
---Cindy S.

Sheelagh>\o\
November 6th 08, 05:55 PM
On Nov 4, 7:23*pm, "Matthew" > wrote:
> "Sheelagh>"o"<" >
>
> Sheelagh * How are you doing long time no see
I'm doing quite well now. Thank you for asking.


My teeter point is still rather high, but other than that, I'm doing
quite well. I have to go into hospital quite regularly for
appointments, & have also had no end of bloods done, & white counts
ect, to see how elevated they are, & how much help I need with meds to
protect the immune system. My pancreas is in rather bad shape, but i'm
hanging in there & enjoying being at home to the absolute full!



Kids are all doing fine. Ross is working in engineering, Luke is
working for a major retail outlet over here in the UK. Katie is
finishing her masters degree in social care, & also working for social
services in between times. Jack & Tilly are still at school (high
school?)



All of our masters & mistresses still keep us herded to their taste.
Ringo is still waiting @ the front door when Ross is due home (You can
set your watch by it, lol!),only in order to let Ross know what a hard
days work he's had, keeping his pillows straight, & the centre of the
bed warm! Lucy-furr is still Tilly's mistress, but Belle, Taz & Biffy
have gone to live with Katie now that she has her first "own" flat
(apartment?) because it was always intended to go that way.



Gypsy, Squiggle,& our latest rescue, Sapphie, are enjoying life to the
full too. I've only just bought this PC, so don't have any photos on
here currently to show you who they are. Soon as I upload some to it,
I will send a link for you to share them all.) Sapphie is a mixed
breed birman x moggie, & she is the sweetest natured cat we have ever
had. I love them all equally for their different trait's, but she has
that X-factor that some cats simply are able to cast without realising
they can....She belonged to a breeder who's female got out, & was
caught by the local tom cat. She was the final kitten, & they were
intending to take her to Birman Rescue to see if they could find her a
home, so, I offered to take her because she is Sooo Sweet :o)



Any rescue centre is usually heaving @ the rafters at this time of
year, so I figured if we took her, that would be one less home that
they needed to find. I'm so pleased we did. Paul brought her home in
June, & she is doing ever so well.

She was only about 5 weeks old when we took her in, so we got some say
in forming her socialisation, character, & welfare.



The only problem that we have encountered is the nasty case of ear
mites that we imported with her. I've tried Stronghold, advocate, &
some pet store ear mite killer as well as a product called Cleanaural,
but so far it hasn't really knocked it dead. Every now and again, we
can see her nodding head head, & despite what my vet tells me, i'm
convinced there must be something in there to make her shake her head
so often?



It's great to see that there are so many people still around. I see
that not much changes, lol...

Will email you both soon as poss.

cybercat
November 6th 08, 07:02 PM
"Sheelagh>"o"<" > wrote in message
...
On Nov 4, 7:23 pm, "Matthew" > wrote:
> "Sheelagh>"o"<" >
>
>, but i'm
>hanging in there & enjoying being at home to the absolute full!

Nice to hear that.