How do you punish a cat without hurting it?

Australia
March 10, 2007 8:31am CST
The cat stole my dinner... I had that beautiful juicy trout on the bunch... and I was about to prepare it to put in the oven when the phone rang. It all happened very quickly... the cat jumped on the bunch... stole the fish... run out of the back door... and was confronted by a duck and a dog. The duck grabbed the other end of the fish. The cat let go of the fish and killed the duck. While he was busy with the duck... the dog grabbed the fish and chocked to death on it. Now the cat is sitting in the kitchen... miaoooing... like he is asking for another fish. He is hungry... and so am I. I guess tomorrow... we will have duck a l'orange. The dog is a bit of a worry... I guess I'll have to bury him. Bugger of a job. It is so dry here without rain... it is going to take me half a day to dig a hole. Meantime... I don't know what to do about the cat. He is so cute and so rebellious. He reminds me of myself when I was younger. He must have my genes... Can you help me with a punishment which fit the crime?
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@arnboy (357)
• India
10 Mar 07
Now, this is the ultimate joke, i can believe the first part that the cat stole the fish, but the rest now that is a good load of lol :) but you know what happened next, read below: You where scratching your head thinking what to do next. I was nearby walking my Lion Simba (he was a pain in my neck, i was walking him to the Zoo to hand him over to the authorities).Then suddenly Simba sensed something... something juicy...lol the smell of fresh dog and duck meat. He just could not control his animal instinct , he just started tugging at the lease a bit too hard, i tried my best but he was strong as a brute and he broke free, he jumped across your fence and entered your backyard. Then he saw the duck and dog, and started drooling then your cat purred at him and challenged him, after all Simba was an unwanted guest. Simba came growling towards your cat, Simba took one leg of the duck and your cat took the other. Simba was too strong but your cat was just too smart, Simba tugged just too hard.......... , then, your smart little kitty just let the duck go. Simba just could not control the momentum, he went backwards, like a drunk man and crashed into your fence. Simba fainted, and guess what your cat won the battle. What was left was plenty of labor for both of us, you had a dog to bury and i had a fence to mend. But, your brave cat just knocked the senses out of the King of the jungle. So, for his great deed, he got the duck!. As for Simba........ when he finally regained his consciousness, he was in the zoo, safely caged and with a bruised ego.
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@uu4h708 (638)
• Philippines
10 Mar 07
nice follow up!! i enjoyed that... =)
@arnboy (357)
• India
11 Mar 07
Thanks! :)
• Australia
13 Mar 07
You were quite right. I made it up. It was meant to make people laugh... but few got the joke. I do have a cat however... and he would stand up to Simba. lol
@scribe1 (1207)
• United States
10 Mar 07
You can't really "punish" a cat. Yelling at it and hitting it (which you shouldn't do anyway) have no effect at all. I should know. I've owned cats that peed on the carpet, scratched chairs, and knocked things down, among other things, so I get it. Unfortunately, cats don't. Instead of punishing the cat, try to find ways to discourage its destructive behavior. For example, don't place food within the cat's reach. (One time, I foolishly placed my breakfast on the kitchen table and by the time I returned from answering a phone call, my cat was sitting on the table, drinking milk from my cereal bowl! I shooed her away, of course, and learned my lesson. After that, I placed food way out of her reach, and never had that problem again.)
@uu4h708 (638)
• Philippines
10 Mar 07
very true,, cats unlike dogs are very hard to train... they would always follow their instinct.... good thing my cats dont do that anymore... =) if the cats misbehaves, it's the owner's fault.. coz anyway.. who has a higher level of thinking... peace!!! just try to be more cautious of your things especially when your cuddly cat is around.. happy snatching!!
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@beaniegdi (1966)
10 Mar 07
you can't punish a cat for doing what comes natural, you should have put the fish out of harms way. you could always put up a sign for the dog and duck, which sounds like a good place to visit for a nice fish dinner.
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@ally555 (117)
• United States
11 Mar 07
This sounds more like a fairytale, lol!! You can't really punish the cat because it's just doing what cat's normally do, kill and eat!!
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
10 Mar 07
Now thats a story you just told. I say good job to the cat he was only doing what comes natural to a cat. I dont think you should punishment the little cuttie. Give him a big kiss.LOL
@Impervious (1154)
• United States
10 Mar 07
I love it, that was great. If I were you I would let the cat watch me enjoy every last morsel of that duck.
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• United States
10 Mar 07
Wow, what a story. First off, you can not punnish your cat. It doesn't understand, it did what is instict to him. All you can do is spray him with water when he is in the middle of something naughty, and say no. Or, you must lock him in the other room, each time you are busy in the kitchen. I have two cats. One would do the same if I let her. Please, do not hurt your cat with any punishment other that what I mentioned.
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@stacyv81 (5904)
• United States
13 Mar 07
A spray bottle with water in it spray the cat when he does something wrong.
@20031969 (934)
• India
13 Mar 07
if such type of sinful act is done by your cat, let them tight her two legs together and kept her inside his room for 1 hour or two. secondly it is your fault also. you should keep your meal and other things in kitchen on the upper cupboard so that your pet could not reach there.
@mgerl74 (26)
• United States
11 Mar 07
i have 3 cats and when they were being little demons i would spray them with a water bottle it took about a week but they got the hint now i just pick the water bottle up and they stop what they are doing i dont even need to spray them anymore the only bad part is i think they hate to take a bath even more now or you could put the cat outside or in a kitty cage while you eat good luck
• China
11 Mar 07
don't give it food for half day~ let it know it's false
@jurazg (409)
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
11 Mar 07
It must know who is the boss, don't give her one meal, or don't play with your cat for a day, as you said, you must not hurt her, but she must know that she has done something wrong. Good luck.
• India
11 Mar 07
cats like to be clean right? just fix a tape to any of his legs, that will be the perfect punishment. As it will bother your cat too much, and he wont get the mindset again to have any more trouts of yours
@chao168 (12)
• China
11 Mar 07
sorry,i can't help you.I never have a cat,because my mother forbid having it though i very like the cat.
@ortonsp (71)
• India
11 Mar 07
If you really had the heart of hurting that feline beast, you would have done it earlier my friend. Isn't it? Now let the matters cool. The cat has to go hungry. If that was your pet cat then you cannot possibly harm it and at the same time not feel sorry for hitting that poor beast..
• United States
11 Mar 07
You know, all you can do is scold the cat. There isn't much else TO do when a cat misbehaves. Let them know their behavior is unacceptable. If you would have caught he cat at the time of the crime, you could have sprayed it with water. Now it is too late. In fact, it even is too late to scold the cat. YTou would only confuse it. i hoe when you learned of the crime, you scolded him/her immediately.
@shooie (4985)
• United States
11 Mar 07
When you catch the cat doing something spray it with water that scares it but doesn't hurt the cat. As for something it did already you shouldn't because it isn't going to know what you did.
@Mojojo (37)
• Canada
11 Mar 07
I'd suggest giving the cat a time out, shut him in a room with nothing but food and a litter box. It might seem mean, but the cat needs to learn what is wrong and what is right.
@Calais (10899)
• Australia
10 Mar 07
You can't physically punish a cat, they don't understand the concept, you have to catch them in the act and frighten them (like squirt with water).
10 Mar 07
Dear Aussies, I doubt that you can punish any cat.I love cats,they`re beautiful and love to be free.Oh,cats love good meal more than any of us who love them.Try to kep your cat away whenever you want to enjoy dinner.OK?