To control the uncontrollable, to manage the unmanageable, to fight where all hope is hopeless – that’s what training cats is all about.
If your cat is doing things that annoy you, can you go where no mortal being has dared to go and change the cat’s habits? It is possible, but you need to be a master in hand-to-paw combat and armed with sophisticated weaponry.
Cats which claw furniture, soil on the hand-tufted Persian rug, scratch their owners and steal food from tabletops can be cured using my Manic Moggie Manipulators.
Paws on Punishment
Many pet owners look at punishment as their first line of attack for annoying behaviours. They think If Claude claws the couch and you bash Claude’s butt with a rolled newspaper, Claude will stop clawing the couch.
That’s what most people think, but ask Claude and you get a different perception. He associates the butt-bashing with you coming near him, not with the claw sharpening. Thus Claude learns to avoid you when you have the newspaper in your hand.
While he may run from you and you thus puff your chest with victorious pride, I bet Claude will be back clawing the furniture again when you are not looking.
Punishment needs to be used cautiously. preferably not at all, as it can make matters worse.