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Kitty Kryptonite....

Bwahahahahaha. Eureka, I found it. I have found the opposite of Kitty Pot. Something to use on the unruly kittens when they do really annoying things.

It's called a water gun.... I'm working at home today (a whole minute away from work so it's not that impressive) and Pixel was being a major brat. She's in heat so she's been yowling for the last 2 days straight. That's really annoying, but oh well she can't help it, but for some reason she decided that today was the day to use my living room couches as scratching posts. Nevermind that she has a room full of toys and a Morticia to play with... no no no, she must use the nice leather couches in my living room to sharpen her claws with.

I had caught her hoping onto them and preparing to stretch/scratch 3 times when I finally had enough and I remembered that I had recently finsihed unpacking the toy box in my office (and I do mean toys as in hot wheels and G.I. Joes and Transformers etc... but that's for another post). The important thing about this unpacking is that in addition to finding my old dart and disc guns (some folks will probably have a smirk of recognition on their faces right about now), I also found my old water gun. Not a super soaker mind you, just your average everyday high capacity long range not-excessively wet, accurate water gun.... The water gun that I had bought about 4 or 5 years ago for the express purpose of controlling unrully kittens.

Hehehehehehehe

Pixel knows she's faster and more agile than me (heck somedays I'd be willing to be a three-toed sloth would be). Sometimes I'm pretty sure that she acts up because she knows that at most I'll chase her and knock her off her illegal perch (e.g. the kitchen counters, or my stereo shelves). Same thing with the couches. I'll call her in my stern "bad ____, no biscuit" voice and she knows that she has enough time to skee-daddle before I can reach her.

Hehehehehehehe

Not this time. On her fourth attempt to perforate my couches, I stayed sitting at the kitchen table and gave her a warning name call ("Pix-el!") and when she didn't jump off I reached for the loaded water gun and "ka-pow" I had a soggy and very confused kitty who was not thinking about using my couch as a scratching post anymore. She was completely shocked and dumbfounded and she disappeared to her room for a few minutes. After a while she had collected herself and she must have been convinced that it was a once in a lifetime thing. She hopped up and was about to start sharpening ye olde claws when, out of nowhere "Ka-pow!" It was a Kodak moment. Soggy kitty sitting on the couch with her claws in scratching post position and wondering why it's raining indoors. She once again disappeared into her room and when she finally returned to the living room she just curled up on the couch without making any effort to scratch it. She did the perfunctory cat-like "Well I wasn't going to do that anyways" thing and has been behaving for the last hour or so.

The moral of this story is that cats hate being wet. This can be used to great effect in cat training. Just stay away from the books and the electronic stuff (which in this house means a lot of areas are off limits for the gun).

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One of my ex boyfriend's mom used to have a spray bottle she would use...the only problem is the dog would come up and start licking the water. :)
Well the cats won't be coming up to lick the gun anytime soon. They really despise getting wet. This should work well :)
I had forgotten about that technique. Our older cat doesn't care. She stands there and gets wet.

The kitten has been giving me an ulcer and making me pull my hair out. Maybe I'll try that with him and see if it works.
Well since I posted that I had to shoot 'Tish once and she just sat there looking unhappy but she did stop doing what she was doing and she didn't go back to doing it afterwards.

The fun thing about using a water gun is that if you have one with decent range and aim, you can really just sit back and monitor kittens without running yourself ragged :)

unfortunately...

...cats are smart. I'm fairly sure they learn "don't do [foo thing that get me wet] when the human is around, since the human will get me wet." They'll do it anyway when you're not home :)

Re: unfortunately...

Heh, I suspected that this would be the case which is why the cats are sequestered in the back two bedrooms during the day (they have a custom cat tunnel between the rooms and tons of toys etc...). They only get to run around the house when I'm home to supervise them.

It's funny because they are so used to their rooms that on the one occasion that I moved them to another room (I had a guest who was allergic to cats so I moved them to the office) they both flipped out and where hugely grumpy. As soon as she left and I let them out they bolted straight for their rooms and didn't come out (even though the door was open) for a couple of days.

(Anonymous)

and it took you *how long* to unpack your TOYS???

hey victor,

i enjoyed the note about pixel scratching up your leather couch, but it dawned on me that you've just recently unpacked your toys. if these are the toys i remember (and the dart guns suggest that this is so) then it's been years. >3 years.

ah, well. faster than some of my expts so i suppose i should cut the shock short.

-carole

Re: and it took you *how long* to unpack your TOYS???

Heya Carole,

You're right it has been about 3 (actually closer to 4) years since I packed that stuff away. I kept meaning to put it out again but I would always end up taking like 3 things out and I'd start playing and wouldn't get anything done. This time since I'm almost done putting everything in it's place I had enough incentive to finish the job. I actually emptied out 2 boxes today and now I just have about 2 boxes worth of stuff to put away and/or throw away and I'll be 100% done unpacking...

Not bad considering I've been in this house for 2 years this month :)

(Anonymous)

Re: and it took you *how long* to unpack your TOYS???

Hey, I just unpacked a box earlier this month labelled "ABC Moving Services" with "Walcott 409 VPM" scrawled on the side. I think I've had that one around for... about 5 years?

Re: and it took you *how long* to unpack your TOYS???

5 years sounds about right.

Compared to that 3 years doesn't seem so bad considering there was a move across campus and a move across country involved in that time.