|Purred: Tue Jun 26, '07 8:40pm PST |
|When Ninja was a baby, he like to play with claws and teeth too. We had started out disciplining him using a squirt bottle. However, he likes water, so he would misbehave to get squirted. So, we began using this sort-of "eee" noise and corrected whatever behavior he was doing wrong. Now, whenever we make that noise he stops what he's doing. He plays without claws, doesn't bite hard, stays off the top of the frog cage and tables, and anytime we make the noise, he just stops.
You can also teach tricks. If you give a reinforcer you can encourage any behavior. Ninja fetches, comes when you call him, and begs by putting his paw on your shoulder (then waits patiently until he gets a treat).
Cats really aren't unlike dogs, you just have to be consistant.
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