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Q: How can I discipline my kitten?

November 10, 2009 | By ScarredWolf | 5 answers | Expired: 1761 days ago

ScarredWolf

I have an eight month old male kitten who is not afraid of anything. Now that he has gotten bigger we are having a huge problem with him jumping on the table, fridge, and shelves. He has already broken a couple of my things. We tried using a spray bottle, but that didn't phase him. He isn't really afraid of sound either unless it is something he has never heard before. What should I try that might work on a very bold little boy?

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Tina P.
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Nov 16, 2009

This may sound crazy but, since you already said the spray bottle doesn't work I'm going to suggest rolling up a thin magazine or newspaper and swat him gently on the tail end. I have 8 cats and the spray bottle works well with them but, they're trained. But, I have been known to roll up a newspaper and just the sound and thought that they're gonna get swacked they split and it may take a couple time but the bad behavior ends.

You may also want to but the book: "Think Like A Cat" & "Cat vs. Cat" by Pam Johnson-Bennett, she is a Feline Behaviorist and knows her stuff!

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Stephanie
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Nov 12, 2009

One of my cats would always get on the kitchen counter. I would give a firm 'no' and take him off the counter. Very rarely now does he get up there.

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CuteBlackCat
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Nov 10, 2009

Cats tend to do bad things like that because their bored. maybe try getting him a few toys or a scratching post to amuse him. but if it continues you can use a firm NO that always works with my cat. you can always also get a very big cage. its full of climbing things and toys, it has a huge amount of room in them, you can lock it so that he can't get out. it gives him hours of fun. I did that with my cat and she didn't want to get out. hope I helped!

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Jillian
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Nov 10, 2009

cats and kittens should have an area where they're allowed to climb. this feeds their natural instincts to be high off the ground and when given a spot to jump, you will have better luck keeping them off other areas. i know how expensive cat towers can be, but they're not a must. shelves are a great substitution and you can line them w/carpet scraps or leave them plain.
to get a cat off of the counters you need 2 things: clear double-sided tape and patience. stick the tape to the upper edge of everywhere he jumps. cats hate the feeling of tape on their paws and will jump away from it. b/c they then associate the area w/that sticky feeling, they're deterred from going back, though it may take a few tries and a couple of weeks. some cats won't listen to a spray bottle {and some cats will have adverse reactions to it} b/c it's coming from you. cats don't take well to discipline and sometimes they don't connect the punishment w/the crime. cats do however listen pretty well to rewards. after your cat jumps back on the floor, wait 3 seconds and give him a treat while praising him. you want to do this b/c he will associate treats w/being on the floor and should figure out that's where you want him to be.

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Tricia L.
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Nov 10, 2009

Maybe get him a climbing post or kitty house or stairs or something.
Unless you aready have those.
I once saw these cool stairs that go all the way up the wall for cats.
Good luck
=)

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