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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-19-2014, 03:00 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone have any ideas on how to stop Munch from using me as a launching pad?

I'm getting kind of sick of this...
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If I wasn't against declawing, Munch would be short some back toes! It's driving me nuts, and it's painful! Thankfully I keep his claws trimmed short, or I'd be bloody! Even with dull claws, this HURTS!

P.S. look how big his feet are! I have quite large hands, that's a good 2.5" spread!

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-19-2014, 03:03 AM
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What does he use you to launch to?

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Floor, shelf, tree, end of the bed, dog, couch, wall.... and anything else he feels like at the time! Lol

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Wear a corderoy long sleeved shirt?

Seriously tho, can you change the way you are holding him? Does he give any signal prior to launch? Perhaps dropping him (they land on their feet?) but not all the way down, just enough so he thinks twice before lift off?
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Ouch! I'd have to agree with Cat'sHouse and change the way you hold him.
Maybe, for a while till the habit is broken) hold him where you have a hold of his back feet, or even just one.

I don't think you're going to be faster then his "launch" in order to drop him, like was suggested. There are rarely preliminary signals given before they do and your reaction to his movement is just going to be milliseconds too slow and his launch will be successful.

Just hold him in a new way for a while, see what happens.


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Even with his nails clipped his does this?
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I have the same issue with my Fink. I just have to hold him one specific way, across my body with his back feet in my hand. I also don't let him jump out of my arms (when I can help it!) he is too impatient to wait for me to put him on the floor, so I always set him down on a table or chair, so he can walk out of my arms, rather than launch


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Our shelter mandates long sleeves and long pants. After surveying my denim shirt after washing it last week I understand why! I have a big hole in the waist right where Mr. Mustache launched himself off from and caught a claw! Ouch, DD&C I feel your pain!
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post #9 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-19-2014, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
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Except that's my leg and I'm not holding him... he's walking on me. He doesn't much like to be held. He loves to cuddle, but not restrained in any way.

And yes, his nails are checked and anything shsrp clipped once a week when I do my dogs'

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That was through thin sweatpants too, btw

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