Bad Booboo

@ElicBxn (60884)
United States
December 17, 2010 3:09pm CST
I've talked about my cat Booboo in the past. He's a big boy with some big issues. He is also a big bully. Well, early last month we took in 2 cats, Diva and Mo. Mo is a handsome black and white cat (more white than black) who is big, and fat. Diva is a dilute calico (tortoiseshell with white in some places). Diva is also LOUD. Needless to say, some of our cats like to make her yell, and Booboo is one of the worst. So, after breaking up one fight last night, and throwing something at another one, I buried my head under my pillow when it continued in the next room. So, the roommate got up and broke that one up (it wasn't a good night to begin with before the fights...) Well, around the first I got tired of Booboo bullying Diva, then Mo, then OLIVER, then Timus, and I pitched his butt in a bathroom and told the roommate I had put him in "time out." I got up this morning and the roommate told me she put the dogs out at 6:30 when she broke up the fight and put Boo in "time out." I doubt it teaches HIM anything, but it give US a break from his nonsense! I know parents put kiddos in time out, but have you ever put a pet in time out? I know my niece used to do it with her dogs - kind of where I got the idea...
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@bunnybon7 (36537)
• Holiday, Florida
17 Dec 10
what a fun cat. i do so remember fondly how nice it was to have cats all over. guess i dont remember much about fights they had. anyway, i do think it could be because i had a bunch of kids in the house all the time. neighbors, cousin, etc. including my own 5. Maybe thats why i just remember the good times with my cats. except they did sometimes fight with neighbor cats. i have put my dog in a room with me at times when she just would not stop barking at a guest. it usually gets her used to the person coming by and it being ok.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
17 Dec 10
Well, Boo and Oliver and Boo and Timus have had ongoing spats, but this stuff with Diva is worse than all the bulling they have given Gabby (another one who won't shut up!)
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@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
17 Dec 10
Wow, what a circus you have! Cookie rarely does anything wrong and neither does Gus. However, when Gus gets out of hand I just say "GO!" and point to the other room and he scoots! Animals are so much like children sometimes!
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
17 Dec 10
I suspect that if we had only a dozen cats, then we wouldn't have these fun and games
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@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Dec 10
If "time out" consists of tossing them out of the bedroom, shutting the door, and putting in earplugs, sure, I've done that.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
17 Dec 10
well, we've tossed him in the bathroom for a few hours
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• United States
18 Dec 10
I only have one cat, but he used to bite and play too roughly and climb on things he wasnt' supposed to -my kitchen counters, on my stove...on my washer...etc. My friend suggested getting a spray bottle [not one with a cleaner in it!! EEK! =C] and fill it with water,and my cat Scooter usually would immediately stop his bad behavior and sprint off to sulk. Then a day or so later he would see the bottle and stop his behavior, knowing he'd get wet. Now he doesn't bite, and only goes places he's not supposed to when i leave doors open. he's a good boy, but he's still a cat. He's curious by nature. I think the spray bottle would work with your kitty, as long as he hates getting wet. I hope it'll make him learn he needs to get along!
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
19 Dec 10
I have dumped a whole pitcher of cold water on him once and all it did was make a wet cat fight... we are talking a cat who ran out into the rain and ran around in it... wet doesn't seem to phase him!
• United States
19 Dec 10
http://petbehaviorproblems.com/catform.shtml Maybe this will help?? My neighbor used a pet behavior therapist from a newspaper column here in Phoenix to help get her dog to stop being so anxious about being left alone.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
19 Dec 10
good news, last night with both cats out, no fighting! Night before we put Diva in the office, where the wet food is but pulled her out in the morning before feeding the sick cats Boo "menaced" Gabby, but it didn't turn into the big fight it has been with Diva some yesterday, but Gabby is a fussbudget so she gets picked on a lot.
@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
20 Dec 10
I never put a pet in a time out now I only have one cat indoor many years ago I used to have 11 but all outdoors my mother did all the 'time out' thingy spraying them with water once they broke up, she put our cats inside and locked the door until they calmed down
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
20 Dec 10
you wanna another cat? I'll let you have Diva to knock off the fighting! She's not the one that starts them!
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@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
24 Dec 10
I wouldn't mind another cat but we have to get over this crisis first and lower our debts I know my cat would like a friend, but I don't want to get a pet only to give it away later on
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
18 Dec 10
nope never just tried to keep them apart put them out at different times no fighting like that
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
18 Dec 10
well, ours are inside only... so that isn't happening!
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
19 Dec 10
oh oh
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• United States
26 Dec 10
oh yes i have. cosmos in particular once he's mad,you have no choice but to put him in the bedroom til he calms down.his blood sister has a habit of hissing in his face occasionally,and once in awhile it's ON when she does that and he won't listen to "break it up".
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
27 Dec 10
I was ready to lock him in the bathroom with the dog the other night. The roomie was afraid her dog would get angry, but I said that Boo could get in the sink and away from her, but we needed a break from HIM!
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
26 Dec 10
I do it regularly with Banjo; he gets shut in a room if there are visitors and he won't stop annoying them or he won't get off the table or kitchen bench while I'm preparing the meal; or if I'm trying to bring something inside and he is trying to get out...or something similar that involves him making a break for it.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
27 Dec 10
Yeah, Boo often gets held by the tail when we open the back door to keep him inside when we change out dogs.
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@gabs8513 (48716)
• United Kingdom
23 Dec 10
Lol Gissi gets put in "time out" it last about 2 seconds and then he gets of his Chair and I will put him back on there but I have to say after 10 minutes I give up lol
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
23 Dec 10
shut doors work great for time outs!
@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
23 Dec 10
Parents probably give their kids time outs for the same reason. It might teach the kid, but it gives the parents a break! So both parties benefit from it. I would put one of my cats in the cellar and close the door when I couldn't stand whatever it is they were doing anymore. I guess that was like a time out!
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
23 Dec 10
I know that some friends used time outs for their son and he's a GREAT kid, well, young adult now.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
21 Dec 10
I’ve done the time out thing with Hewy on several occasions! He is still young and can be ever so naughty! He has broken so many things around the house; a vase, my printer, my small filing cabinet and my terracotta lamp not to mention the threads pulled on my cushions! He is very smart and knows very well when he’s done the wrong thing and getting locked in his room (yes he has a room!) gets the message across only some of the time!
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
23 Dec 10
I'd be happy to have a room of MY own!
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@shattered (1731)
• Philippines
18 Dec 10
I've never thought about putting pets at time out. I guess you're right, we'll never know if it works but if its gives you peace thats good enough right? And if they learn anything, then that is just gravy
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
18 Dec 10
especially if it is a peaceful night's sleep - we put Diva in the office last night, she probably got some of the left over wet food so that would be a reward!
• United States
18 Dec 10
Yes I have put them in time out. Much like the kids they do something awful they'll hear about it and be put into a room for a time. Cats playing & fighting can get to be too much. Sometimes my cats are really loud at night chasing each other so I end up like you putting one in the bathroom hoping that settles things down if they don't stop after being scolded.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
18 Dec 10
I try not to punish the innocent, so I only put the guilty in time out, but he may be going in with the dog tonight! He LIKES the dog!
@GardenGerty (99411)
• United States
18 Dec 10
We do put a cat in the bathroom, usually to keep him from eating everything that every one else has. We also will push them outside when we need them out from under our feet.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
18 Dec 10
I kid you not, there are TIMES when I wish I could shove this cat outside, but the roomie would be mad at me.
• United States
17 Dec 10
We've only done it a few times. Our Lightening is a wire eater and she's constantly getting into wires that are hard to replace! I've through more cooling pads with her then ever, along with phone chargers. So on time out she goes when we catch her. Namaste-Anora
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
17 Dec 10
We got that nail biting polish and painted the wires and Leontyne stopped eating them rather quickly after that! Didn't hurt her, but tasted NASTY!
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