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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-30-2005, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
 
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Cat wont stay off furniture!! HELP!

My husband and I let our cats go just about anywhere in the house. They are allowed to sleep on any of the couches, except a new one that we recently got. No animals allowed on that one. Our dog stays off, our other kitty stays off, but our cat, Jose, insists that it is his spot.
We taught the cats to stay off the table by giving them a few squirts with a squirt bottle. It worked perfectly....they don't get on the table. We tried the squirt bottle with Jose, when he got on the couch, but every time we return to the house, we see him flying off of the "No animal couch" and around the corner.
My husband is getting more and more angry because it is quite obvious that Jose knows that he isn't to be on this couch. I don't want my husband to get a shock collar or to close him in a room while we are gone. So please help us!! Any advice would be wonderful!!!!!!!!

Thank you so much!!
Lindsey
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Cats don't differentiate between one piece of furniture and another when it comes to a no-go area. Jose only knows that you are unhappy when he goes on that couch, and he might get a squirt, so he only does it when you can't see him and will vacate the spot when he sees you coming or the squirt bottle coming out. When you're gone, he'll do what he wants to do. For that matter, the other cat is probably up there, too, and you just haven't caught him. Or maybe he's just staying off because he feels like humoring you. OK, that last was a joke!!

Sorry, but the only way to deter a cat from going on furniture ALL the time is to make it unpleasant for them to be there ALL the time, even when your back is turned or you are gone.

Try searching the forum and the internet for posts and articles on cat deterrents, behavior modification, stuff like that.

BTW, putting him in a room while you are gone, as long as he has all he needs in there, plus the company of the other cat, would not be cruel at all.
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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-30-2005, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thank you very much for the input! I have been a "cat person' all my life, but sometimes I don't feel like I know them at all! Thanks so much!
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sometimes I don't feel like I know them at all!
don't feel bad....everybody who has cats says the same thing!!
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Ain't that the truth!
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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-31-2005, 01:11 AM
 
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Well, I suggest putting foil on the couch that they are not allowed to use. Especially when you guys leave the house, just make sure the couch is well covered with the foil and I gurantee they will not like the new couch anymore.
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-31-2005, 08:45 AM
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that works as long as the foil is on the couch. it stops working when the humans get tired of applying and removing the foil multiple times per day.

then again maybe this cat Jose is like my Tommy - absolutely fearless and strongwilled - nothing, and I mean I've tried everything, absolutely nothing short of an impervious physical barrier stops him from going where he really wants to go
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I cant take it.
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what is it they don't like about foil?
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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-01-2005, 02:08 AM
 
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I don't know why some cats don't like foil...It could be because when they move it makes a sound or because it is not something they really want to lay on.

I am sure this won't work for all cats but it does work for some...
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