I have a cat. A 9 year old pure bred Russian Blue. I’ve had him since he was 6 weeks old.
I love this cat. He’s the friendlyist, purrrrrist, playfulist cat I’ve ever had. He’s so cuddly & full of love.
He’s quiet (doesn’t meow or whine much. Russian blues tend not to be very vocal) and well behaved. He knows where he’s not supposed to go and he doesn’t go on it.
Last Ocober we got a new couch. $1500, has all the bells and whistles, built in phone, recliners, massagers, etc. The cat sheds a bit, and even though he is strictly an indoor cat he still has his back claws. So, I don’t want him on the couch, at least not while it’s still fairly new.
Problem is, he was allowed on the old couch. The old couch was in pretty bad shape, so we didn’t care if he went on it.
I don’t want him on the current couch. So when he started going on it we used the same training techniques we used to train him as a kitten…squirt gun, scolding, and an occassional swat with a small pillow. These worked great in conditioning him to stay off the dinning room table, not chew electrical cords, eat plants, etc. But it’s not working with the couch. I catch him on it every other day! The disipline is consistant. What really gets me is, HE KNOWS HE’S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE ON IT! As soon as I see him on it, he jumps off and runs and hides. He knows. So how can I discourage him? He absolutely hates the squirt gun, yet it’s not detering him. As soon as I leave, ZIP! He’s right back on the couch. I walk back in, ZING! he jumps off. He consciously knows he’s not to go on the couch, and he knows what will happen if I catch him, yet he still goes up there. Why is he so disobedient over this? What do I do?
:mad: I am not going to kick the shit out of him, so you cat haters can just forget suggesting that!