Thursday, 20 May 2010

More ignorance and cruelty

Some sheer ignorance in ‘advising’ what to do about kittens biting and scratching.
Written and spelled just as it was by these cat 'experts'

1.If she continues to give you trouble when she bites you or comes after you, you take your hand and you put it around her snout, not too tight but just tight enough to keep her in front of you and you wag your finger and tell her some simple words like "No biting" or maybe just "Bad cat" anything like that so she can recognize the words in their head and understand when there owner is angry. If none of these things work, if she isn't declawed you may want to consider that. You may also want to put her in a playpen with LOTS of chew toys to keep her preocupied,.
Yes declawing pops up straight away,even for biting ! If holding her snout doesn't work of course.

2.thumbing his ear to stop may take a few days to a week (not hard but not light)pinching him he may just not know he is biting to hardthis may take servile days do it harder each time first few times he may think your playing with him you will need to figure out how hard to pinch him to teach him stop
Thumb his ear then pinch him harder and harder, but don't forget it may take SERVILE days.

3.Tap him on the nose firmly as well saying in your most stern...and loud but NOT YELLING...voice "NO NO!" then set him down and walk away.
Experience with a little booger.
Ah the tap him on the nose 'advice' always comes up

4.i suggest putting him in a little box thing when he starts to do it.or hit him not to hard
A choice this time, put him in a box or hit him

5.i think it is totally a cat thing i have 2 cats and they both do the same thing i just sometimes have to slap there head and say no and it seems to work but dont go whaling them
Slap their heads, so what if they get brain damage as long as they don't bite or scratch.

6. don't know if this helps) my aunt has a dog and one time she bit her very hard and my aunt had to go to the hospital to get all those shots and stuff.When she came home, she hit the dog a lot and now the dog never bites. Unless it is play bites.It might be kinda cruel but it works.
So the aunt hit the dog a lot, but that's 'kinda cruel'

7.Go to the local dollar store, and get a spray bottle. Fill it with plain tap water, and keep it handy. When you catch scratching, spray her with it. It may take awhile, but she will get the idea. Eventually it will get to the point of when she sees that spray bottle.......she will run for cover.
Poor cat running for cover every time she sees the spray botle, what a miserable life !

8.Declawing is a painful ordeal for cats, but unless you want your furniture shredded, its the only option
The ONLY option ? I think not !

9.Just declaw is not a bid deal or a difficult procedure, he will not be in pain. All of my cats are declawed (front and back) they are all happy healthy cats.
No BID deal for the cat to have 18 amputations and it's not difficult, he won't be in pain.He will be happy and healthy !
Which planet does this person live on ???? should get her declawed. This may not make her nicer but it will make her a whole lot easier to handle and a lot less able to harm people. Cats can live and live quite well without their claws. They dont need them if they are indoor cats. Claws are only a constant threat to people, other animals, your home, and your furniture. It is not selfish to declaw your cat.
Oh how awful, claws are a constant threat, the cat doesn't need claws, how inconvenient that they are born with them.

11.Just declaw him, its no big deal.
No big deal ? But it IS a big deal to the cat

12.This one takes the biscuit!
If he does start attacking you (which he will in the beginning until you assert yourself): You must react very quickly and decisively. Grab the scruff of his neck and get a hold of as much skin as possible. Then push his head down firmly but not violently. Hold him there for awhile, he'll squirm and try to get loose but stay firm and stay calm. Talk to him in a low, growly voice (don't yell): say his name and say "no". After a minute or so he'll start whimpering and mewing, this means he's given you his submission. Only now can you let him go. Do this only when he's being especially aggressive and you know that he's not playing anymore. You may have to repeat a few times (but trust me, he'll get the message very quickly) and if used along with a water-bottle it should be very effective.
final-year vet student
God help this person’s feline patients when he/she qualifies !


  1. It is really frightening to read this sort of "advice" and to think that as ignorant as these people are there will be other people ignorant enough to take the advice! I feel so sorry for cats that are "owned" by people who think it's their right to inflict punishment on them. As for the veterinary student I shudder to think what sort of qualified vet he/she will be and of what he/she will inflict on already frightened animals in his/her care.

  2. It takes a sensitive and intelligent person to understand a cat and it’s very clear that the comments above come from people who are neither.

    A sensitive person would never suggest teaching an animal using ANY form of cruelty. What's more how far does the person taking on board 'the advice' know how far to go? They don't! They could seriously injure a kitten!

    An intelligent person would proof read their comment before posting i.e. SERVILE? What’s that? 'A type of cat' or do you mean 'more than one'? If you check your spelling and grammar people just might take you seriously.

    I also see that old chestnut de-clawing cropping up again; well I suppose if slapping, pinching and spraying with water all fail then good old de-clawing is always a viable option. Well it ISN’T! It is cruel and painful! I suggest you see a de-clawed cat coming around from the anaesthetic; see them screaming in pain, thrashing around the cage, bleeding as they try to tear their bandages off. Never see that bit do you? Well don't say it's not painful until you have!!

    Final year vet student; you should know better. You should set the right example and never advocate cruelty as a training method. Anyone who knows anything about animals knows that the only way to train is though trust and patience. Clearly you know nothing about animals. How I pity your future patients.

  3. This is an excellent blog which dispells and highights all the lies and misinformation that uncaring and selfish people are spouting about declawing cats. If anyone truly loves cats and understands their physical makeup and needs they would never even "think" of having this brutal procedure done. We must finally get laws passed in the United States to ban this barbaric practice. It just sickens me to hear about so many vets in our country who actually offer "discounts" to butcher cats.

  4. This is a really good blog, it really shows the true horrid nature of some people. Though, that last one was animal abuse, it wasn't a discipline method, so much for being a vet, they haven't even finished vet school and their hurting animals, not helping them... A vet student like this will be the type of vet who declaws cats...

    As for the water bottle, well, a family member sprayed Chilli with a water bottle once while I was in the shower, he ran for cover and hid under my bed. When I came out I got a towel and tried to pick him up to dry him, he was so scared that he mauled my arm. I was in tears, not at the pain of his attack, but the fact that my cat was so scared and traumatised.

    So do these methods really discipline the cats, or do they just scare the life out of them?