Post # 1
We have a cat and my rule for animals is NO animal is allowed on the furniture be it bed, couch, chair, table, desk what have you.
So we’re having trouble training SO’s cat. First of all I live 4 hours away but will be hopefully moving in permanently with him (he’s going to see a house this Saturday).
I’ve told him that she’s not allowed on the furniture and he’s trying his very best. She KNOWS she’s not allowed because when she does get up on the furniture and we catch her she jumps down right away. SO has a squirt bottle he carries with him.
But our problem is SO is gone from 7am to 7pm. So it’s hard to reinforce anything when you’re not there. When I lived with him over the summer as long as I wasn’t in the room she didn’t give a crap and would jump up on whatever she wanted until I came in the room.
So I’ve told SO that when we get a new house she will not be allowed on ANY furniture (right now she’s allowed on the futon he has that serves as a couch). So we will most likely have to keep doors shut to her.
But I feel bad – I don’t want to lock her in a room or confine her to one room. BEES do any of you know a good way to train an animal off (permanently, not just while you’re there) the furniture?
If she gets on my couch I’ll lose it. I don’t want to confine her to the basement (albeit it’s big and we could put everything she needed down there) but I might have to if she won’t learn.
Post # 3
I have heard that putting aluminum foil on furniture keeps cats off of it because don’t like it. My grandma swears it works….
Post # 4
this does actually work. But, who wants to have aluminum foil all over everything LOL 😀
Post # 5
@bestbuddies: @LittleMissPolkaDot: I can see why that would work but would it work if you removed it?
Like I could use it to train and then when it’s gone, will she still stay off the furniture?
Post # 6
Do you have a cat tree? Some cats just like to be up high and since furniture is sometimes the highest thing in the room that’s the only option they have. Cats aren’t like dogs in that they’re totally happy being confined to the floor. If you don’t have one, it will help. Also, some pet stores carry an automatic sprayer that will spritz cats with water when it senses them in front of it. Friend of ours used it to keep his cat off the kitchen table when he wasn’t home.
Post # 7
aluminum foil, sticky tape/pads and bubble wrap are great for training cats not to get on surafaces or not to claw. Once they’re trained not to do that, you can take it off. Also there are sprays you can get that are supposed to repel cats. Not sure if they work.
Post # 7
there is a spray you can get at the local pet stores.. i havent tried it yet but Fiance boss swears by it… my kitten is out of hand at times too.
Post # 7
In my life, animals have always been allowed on furniture, and I imagine it would be pretty hard to keep a cat off of furniture! Cats love to climb and see things from a height.
Is there a particular reason the cat wouldn’t be allowed on the furniture? Like are you afraid of fur? Scratching? Like our cats get on the couch, bed, etc. and we just use a pet hair remover to get the hair off. And they were trained not to scratch the furniture.
ETA: I used the “no scratch” spray to teach them not to scratch the furniture. It kept them from scratching, but I don’t think it would keep them off of it.
Post # 8
@hotchildinthecity: you make a good point about cats wanting to be high up. OP, maybe get your cat her own furniture, ie a cat tree, that she can climb and sit high on.
Post # 9
@hotchildinthecity: The reason is that a) she has no fur and can get oily kind of grimy and leave marks on furniture if it’s close to her bath time and b) because when I get my dog it won’t be allowed on the furniture either so I want them both to be off the furniture so one doesn’t give the other ideas.
As for the spray – I will DEFINITELY check that out (both the automatic sprayer and the deterrent spray)
I’m going to tell SO to start covering the furniture with tin foil and that he has to stop letting her on ALL the furniture.
We don’t have a cat tree yet but were planning on getting one when we moved.
Post # 10
I found this : http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2751025′ defer=’defer
and I’m thinking of buying a few probably two. That way I can put them where I need and if I like them I’ll buy more.
From what people are saying about them they seem to be super effective!
Post # 11
@LittleMissPolkaDot: I used to find my cat laying on the aluminum foil that I put on the dining room table.
Post # 12
My cats love aluminum foil. Then again they’ll play with just about anything. We let them on the furniture, they don’t shed or scratch at it.
You can buy a clicker and train them that way. Try googling it or browsing youtube. I haven’t tried it but I’ve heard it works.
Post # 13
@hotchildinthecity: “Cats love to climb and see things from a height.”
If the cat doesn’t have plenty of other opportunities to be high up, then good luck trying to keep her away from the furniture!
Post # 14
@Lyndzo: Clicker training is how I plan on training my dog. I didn’t realize cats would care about it