How do you discipline your cat?

United States
July 26, 2007 12:39am CST
Cats like children often need a bit of discipline. How do you discipline your cat when it misbehaves? I've read all the sites and apparently water bottles and time outs are what you're supossed to do. I've used both methods, when she gets into something she's not supposed to more than once then I use the water bottle. When she does something like bite she gets a time out in her carrier until she calms down. Lately though, at night she seems to be acting up. Usually around 10 pm she goes to bed, which consists of getting treats, going into her carrier and she sleeps there for the night. I got her used to this routine when I got her (6 weeks) and she's 4 years old now. I did it because if I would leave her out at night she wouldn't sleep, she'd run around bumping stuff onto herself or meowing at the doors and be all cranky the next day. When I'd put her in her carrier, she'd sleep, and the next day be a sweetheart. She's so used to it that if 5 minutes pass 10 and you haven't put her treats into her carrier, she'll sit in your lap and tap you nonstop until you get up and do it so she can go to bed. Sometimes she'll want to go a little earlier. Which has been the case this week, she's been wanting to go to bed early so I put her to bed but then late at night, if I'm up she'll want out acting like she has to go to the potty. She'll get out act like she's going to the potty box and run or she'll go to drink water and if you look at her act like she needs just one more sip. This will go on and on and she'll refuse to go to bed. But if I leave her out, the second everyone is in bed, she'll sit at the bottom of the stairs and cry until you have to go get her, bring her to her carrier and then she's fine. It's driving me nuts! I have no idea what to do to get her to stop and why it's only this week that she's doing it? Any suggestions?
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• United States
27 Jul 07
Love, kindness, respect, and the water bottle is the only training method. Never hit or punish a cat. She may be sick, please see the vet.
• United States
28 Jul 07
Thanks for the concern. She's a lot better now, I think the problem was that lately I've been so busy that she just wasn't getting any attention and was bored. I spent some more time with her during the day, let her sit on my lap when she wants instead of just putting her back down, play her favorite games(peek-a-bo & hide n seek)in between chores I have to do and extended her bed time a bit. Worked like a charm. She also got to lay in the sun and explore outside for a bit today, she's used to doing that in the afternoons for a least 5 minutes and this past week she couldn't because it was either raining or the neighbors kids were out and they are not animal friendly children. I also gave her a bit of her prozac yesterday since I noticed that she had licked a part of her belly bare again. She saw her vet in May who thought she was just having some issues adjusting to the new apartment and was stressed.
• United States
3 Aug 07
I'm glad she is better sugar. They are very emotional creatures.
• United States
3 Aug 07
Thanks! She's back to her old sweet and silly self. Yes they are quite emotional which I think makes them that much more loving.
@Gemmygirl1 (2870)
• Australia
26 Jul 07
You should realise - cats are nocturnal animals, hence why they sleep all day & play at night :) The best discipline is to add in some vinegar or lemon juice to the water - then when you squirt them & they clean themselves up, they associate the bad behaviour with the yukky taste on their fur! Also, loud noises will work too - if they are doing something wrong, throw a set of keys at them - off to 1 side of course so you don't hit them - & the noise will startle them which will stop them from doing it again. As for keeping her in her carrier, you're better off just leaving her in there & adding in a water bottle (like you do for guinea pigs or rabbits) where they lick the bottom to get water & don't leak - then she'll have her water & cant complain. I never locked our cats in a carrier, i allowed them to have the whole laundry room to themselves to sleep & we have never had any problems with them! Good Luck :)
• Canada
26 Jul 07
Once my cat followed me to the laundry room, meaning he had to follow me OUT of my apartment. I decided to show him what was done there. I put a bit of cool (not icy) water in the washtub which was clean, but which I RINCED thoroughly first, and dipped him in there. He was wet and annoyed. I took him back to the nice warm apartment, and he NEVER followed me to the laundry room again.
• United States
26 Jul 07
I bet he learned his lesson! That's a good way to teach him. I wish my kitty would just settle down and behave. Maybe she needs a cool bath? She'd probly like it, she loves the tub.