The Best and Worst Ways to Train Your Cat
Dear people of Team Cat Mojo. This is a publicservice announcement. My name is squirt,squirt bottle. You may use me to remain stains. You may use me towater your garden. What you should notuse me for, and whathas upset many of my brethren,is to punish your animals. Welcome to the Cat Cave. Alright, it’s time we talkedabout squirt gun diplomacy. If I can’t use this, howdo I discipline my cat?No such thing asdisciplining your cat. I’m sorry to say folks,they have no ideawhat you’re talking about whenyou use this voice on them. Squirt guns do not work. They do not work. Now let’s use an example. Let’s say your catis counter surfing. Counter surfing of coursemeans that they’re justwalking across thecounters, and it’ssomething thatdrives you insane. And you would much ratherthat your cats aren’t countersurfing. If you wanted your catto stop counter surfing,then every single time,24/7, that they jump upon the counter– if youwanted to be hanging outwith Mr. squirtbottle, and you wantedmake sure that they got offthe counter, when then you’vegot to camp out there,all day, every day. Then when you’re notaround, I promise youyour cat is counter surfing. I promise that you haven’ttaught them a thing. All they know is thatwhen you’re around,they shouldn’t do something. And when you’re notaround, they will. So you have succeededin diminishingthe bond between youand your cat completely. They are afraid of you, notafraid of the experienceof getting wet when theyjump up on the counter. So it’s something that I findreally, really important,because it followsthat line of thinking. Can cats be disciplined?No, of course they cannot. What let’s saythat we were usingan air-compressed canister andan electric eye, that tool. Put down, cat jumps up,squirt squirt, OK, with air. And they’re gone. What’s the big difference there?That you didn’t do it,the counter did it. That’s an effective no. What can you do ifthere’s somethingthat you would ratheryour cat not do?Well you’ve got tomake it work for them. So counter surfing– firstof all, what does it attain?Are you keepingfood on the counterand then asking your catnot to eat that food?Is your cat a big fan of runningwater out of a faucet, and yetthere is no running waterin the form of fountainsany place else?Or is your cat thriving onpotentially negative attention?It doesn’t really matter. If you yell at your cator praise your cat–it’s attention, right?So if every time Ijump up on the counter,I get attention,negative or positive,short of striking or squirtingor whatever, then I’llprobably keep doing it. If absolutelynothing happens whenI jump up on the counter–no food, no reward, no loveydovey, no pickyou up and put youdown, no pet on the way down, noyelling your name, no nothing. Nothing happens. Then why would Icontinue to do it?OK so now we get to thesecond part of this. Squirt guns are out. So now we get to whatI call the yes no. It doesn’t matter whetheryou’re parenting someonewith for legs or two. The yes no is a greatway of doing things. Let’s go back to ourcounter surfer friendwho, every time you’re in thekitchen, has to be out there. We can do something very simple. For instance, use a placement. The placemat has double-sidedsticky tape on it,which is a really cool littletrick, because you can take itoff, put away somewhere, putit back down, it’s sticky. Every time you cat jumps up onthe counter– sticky, sticky. Eh, I got to go. Or you use thecompressed air canisterswith the electric eyes thatI use, like StayAway or Scat,any of those guys. They go. We just established the no. Now where’s the yes?Well the yes for atree-dwelling, inquisitive,counter surfer is somethingup in that kitchen thatrises to the height,approximately, of that counter. Now away from thecounter, so we’renot asking them to jump up onthe counter, get sticky paws,get frustrated, go down,and do whatever they do. But for them to have a sill,a stand, a tree in the kitchenarea so while you’re makingdinner, they can observe. Yeah. I approve, right?My name is Fluffy andI approve this dinner. Then we’re good. So the moral ofthe story here isthat if you want yourcat to do something,you’ve got to meet them halfway. Compromise is oneof the highest formsof love in a relationship. This actually signifiessomething completely different,on a deeper level. This signifies thatwe believe that wecan bend our animalsto our will, right?And if we step back fromthe squirt gun for a second,step away fromthe squirt gun, wemay realize that that is nota humane operational system. Squirt gun diplomacy isnot actual diplomacy. In essence, thinkabout the no and yes. And once you thinkabout no and yes, you’llprobably get somewhere, alright?So anyhow. That’s all I got for today. 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