I'm a little frustrated with knowing how to properly discipline cats. I'm very used to methods used on dogs, e.g. if they start to focus their attention on something they're not supposed to (ears prick up), you issue a correction via collar tug or a harsh sound. It seems like dogs learn pretty easily what to do and not to do. Cats.. well, you know.
I have no idea how to get my cat to stop doing a few things that we don't want him to do:
1) Jump onto the kitchen counter (this might be a lost cause).
2) Chew on cords (this is an important one).
3) Play too aggressively with our older (11 yrs) cat who has a bad shoulder.
4) Ambushing the older cat when he's in the litter box.
He's not a huge chewer, but I've caught him a couple times chewing on charger cables, and I give him a flick in the ear to get him to stop (he seems to hate that; getting sprayed with water doesn't bug him too much, not to mention I can't be spraying him around electronics).
As far as play, the cats do mostly OK, but sometimes the younger guy is too rough and it sounds like a borderline real fight. I usually scruff the younger guy immediately, tell him no forcefully, and lightly toss him aside.
When the older cat is in the litter box, the young guy waits outside to ambush him after, or sometimes even disturbs him during. We're trying to get him to stop doing this so the older guy doesn't associate going to the bathroom with getting attacked. Again, I usually flick him in the ear or just block him from going near the litter box while the old guy is in there. He doesn't seem to get the message though, and hasn't stopped doing this.
I need some Jackson Galaxy type advice here.
Dogs, I get. Cats, I don't. Any advice would be appreciated!