Water spray bottle alienates my cats?
I always read that a water spray bottle is great for when you want your cat to not do something, so I decided to give it a try. We've had our two cats (Muriel and Prowler) for a couple of weeks now, and as they got more comfortable in our home, they are starting to knock things over, digging stuff out and kicking them around on the floor, and they do this when we are sleeping at night and very early in the morning. We free feed them dry food so it's not a food problem. They use the litter just fine too. The two cats are also very close, snuggle and sleep together a lot, and chase each other around to play--never fighting (they were buddies at the previous owner's place even before they came to our household).
So I tried using the water spray yesterday when they started digging little rocks out of our indoor plants and kicked them around on the floor, making a lot of noise. They ranoff immediately when I sprayed, which is exactly how cats normally react. Afterwards I'd wait a bit and then go comfort them to let them know I'm still their friend. But after a few times, they started to avoid me. If I walked anywhere near them, they immediately got away from me. They didn't do that before the water bottle.
The water bottle was the last resort since we couldn't get them to stop by simply clapping our hands loudly and yelling "NO!" anymore. They just ignore us. But if the water bottle alienates us from the cats, what else can we do to stop them from doing things we don't want them to do? We can try to "cat-proof" our home in every way possible (we already gave them claw caps), but it's impossible since they would just jump on the bookshelf and knock DVD cases down on the floor, or even pulling down an entire stereo system by pulling on the power cord.