Hey. I've just adopted a cat. It was a feral and has a few behavioral issues (scratching the sofa, jumping on things, chewing window blind pulls, etc.). I've tried the recommended training methods like putting foil on things, anti-chew spray, positive reinforcement, putting scratching posts and toys out, spraying with water, and many more, but the behavior continues. Wut do? I was thinking about getting something like a remote collar that makes an unpleasant noise when I push a button, but can't find anything like that. Any tips? I want to give her more freedom to roam around the house, but I also don't want all my shit torn up.
Your cat sound bored and under exercised. I suggest a fishing lure type toy. Two 15 min play sessions a day should do it. You want your cat laying on his side, breathing heavy.
As to training, use a squirt bottle. Make a loud "psst psst" noise when you use it. If you are consistent, you will eventually be able to stop any bad behavior instantly with just the "psst psst" noise.
That sounds like a good idea. Any place I can find something like the sound collar that I described. I spend a lot of time chasing her around the house to stop her doing bad shit and it prevents me from getting work done (plus I'm not sure if she just thinks im being an ass to her rather than telling her that what she is doing is bad).
>I'm not sure if she just thinks im being an ass to her rather than telling her that what she is doing is bad
>cat admitting it's being an ass
Yeah, that's like bugguy admitting he's wrong.
>I do. She doesn't stop.
is your cat deaf or do you whine at her instead of yelling?
>I'd also rather have her connect the unpleasant noise with what she is doing rather than with me.
that'd only be the case for about a minute, she'd know it was your fault.
She's a pretty sweet cat. I found her in the barn when she was a baby and her mom and littermates abandoned her. Raised her and she was our factory cat. We're pretty attached.
She got attacked by a large rat, so I finally brought her home and let her live indoors.
No worries. She's only 4 lbs and 5 years old, so I think she got abandoned because she was the runt. We let her just run around the factory for years, but I got worried when she got bitten and a had a bad infection. Now I feel responsible for her as I'm kind of like her dad.
She's a beautiful little girl. Glad I was able to give her a good home.
Also, for small dogs, they make training collars that give a beep and a vibration. (Because a real "shock" collar would probably kill a chihuahua lol) This would probably fit on a cat and could be used for training as well.
Thats one hell of an origin story. Unfortunately, being older will make it harder for her to change behavior. It won't be impossible, but don't count on anything changing fast. Some of those behaviors probably are just gonna stay forever, but do you really mind her jumping up on stuff?
What a cutie
Cats chew, cats play, cats scratch stuff.
thats not a behavioural issue you stupid dumb fuck its natural. get a scratchpost, some nice cat weed filled pillows to chew on and play with the cat.
fucking dumb shits everywhere.
Then use a coke can with pennies in it. Throw it near your cat making the "psst psst". Noise. Don't actually hit the cat with the can.
DO NOT GET A VIBRATING COLLAR FOR YOUR CAT. She won't understand what is happening and she will just turn neurotic and skiddish.
>do you really mind her jumping up on stuff?
I'm an antique furniture dealer, so the stuff she is jumping on is my inventory, which can be an issue.
I've gotten her tons of toys, scratching posts, and catnip. She just doesn't seem to like to use any of them even with a great deal of effort put into positive reinforcement.
Tried the coke can (and a jar) filled with pennies. It worked for the first couple days, but now she just totally ignores the noise.
>I've gotten her tons of toys, scratching posts, and catnip. She just doesn't seem to like
You have to play with her.
>Tried the coke can (and a jar) filled with pennies. It worked for the first few days
Training takes more than a few days. And you need to surprise her with the can.
Reading shit like this makes me realize just how much I love my cat.
Took to his scratch toys right off the bat. Love people after some training. He's lazy as fuck for a young cat too. He's just perfect.
Some cats are just brave high energy cats. My old cat who passed was like that. Didn't care about water. Had to use a nerf gun. Problem was that I really didn't tend to his needs well enough. He NEEDED another cat to play with. He always used to have one until I moved. He got better when he had my ex's dog to play with.