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You must not play with the cat with your hands, or he will see you assomething to attack. You must ... you play interactively with them. See my cats: http://community.webshots.com/album/56955940rWhxAe Raw Diet Info: http://www.holisticat.com/drjletter.html http://www.geocities.com/rawfeeders/ForCatsOnly.html Declawing Info: http://www.wholecat.com/articles/claws.htm

Good suggestions. In addition, try a laser pointer. Holly loves it in fact, she comes dashing from anywhere in the house when she hears me open the drawer where it is stored. I am careful not to let the light reflect in her eyes, although I understand that it is not powerful enough to do damage. Be sure to get the type with replaceable (preferably rechargeable) batteries.
MaryL
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Photos of Duffy and Holly (pictorial history of my blind cat Duffy's integration into our household):
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That's your theory which has never been born out in any of my/our cats. You CANNOT get scratched when "restraining" a cat by holding firmly to the skin covering the area between the shoulders (just below the nap of the neck) and lifting the cat off the ground. When you do try to restrain and adult cat by the holding onto the back of the neck, you do run the risk of choking off the cat's ability to breathe which makes the cat all the more anxious to escape.

That's why you get hold a few inches lower .. the area between the shoulder blades. The paws get outstretched, the cat doesn't choke, and you are BEHIND the cat. Perhaps your cat is built differently? LOL Annie.. I have not had a fraction of the behavioral issues or bizarre health problems with cats that I have read about in this forum.

~~Philip
"Never let school interfere
with your education - Mark Twain"
No kidding! Philip, that is not the way to treat a cat. My cats don't scratch me and I never treated them with physical punishment.

My cats figure out real early that they do not get to scratch me either. After the "no scratch allowed" lesson is learned, I have been able to play quite aggressively with all of them without claws coming out. Numerous people over the years are suprised how combative cats can be without the claws coming out. (The fear of getting dunked is one you have to instill early and .. it works). My guess is your cats do not do tricks, do mock cat fights with you, use the "people" toilet, or a few other amusements.
~~Philip
"Never let school interfere
with your education - Mark Twain"
You must not play with the cat with your hands, or he will see you as something to attack. You ... learn. One of my cats' favorite toys is the feather on a stick toy that you play interactively with them.

"You must not play with your cats with your (bare) hands?" What nonsense! Cat's who want to play with their owners are far more fun. The lesson that has to be instilled early is "no claws allowed." "Time outs" for cats? Hahhahhaa. Yeah, right. I tried that approach years ago. A cat given "time out" either hides under the bed and won't come out or the cat is at the door, frantic to get out when you open the door. "Time out" just gives you to calm down. Nothing accomplished. Saying "NO!" to a cat is meaningless too unless you follow it up with something the cat really does not like. Attention spans of cats is limited to the time it takes to catch a fly or a small bird.

~~Philip
"Never let school interfere
with your education - Mark Twain"
No kidding! Philip, that is not the way to treat a cat. My cats don't scratch me and I never treated them with physical punishment.

My cats figure out real early that they do not get to scratch me either. After the "no scratch allowed" ... cats do not do tricks, do mock cat fights with you, use the "people" toilet, or a few other amusements.

Sorry, but I find grabbing a cat by the scruff of the neck and dunking them in water to be extremely cruel. My cats don't use their claws, and are very playful. They are not bullied or physically punished either.
See my cats: http://community.webshots.com/album/56955940rWhxAe Raw Diet Info: http://www.holisticat.com/drjletter.html http://www.geocities.com/rawfeeders/ForCatsOnly.html Declawing Info: http://www.wholecat.com/articles/claws.htm
Sorry, but I find grabbing a cat by the scruff of the neck and dunkingthem in water to be extremely ... bullied or physically punished either. See my cats: http://community.webshots.com/album/56955940rWhxAe Raw Diet Info: http://www.holisticat.com/drjletter.html http://www.geocities.com/rawfeeders/ForCatsOnly.html Declawing Info: http://www.wholecat.com/articles/claws.htm

Agreed!!!
MaryL
You must not play with the cat with your hands, ... on a stick toy that you play interactively with them.

"You must not play with your cats with your (bare) hands?" What nonsense! Cat's who want to play with their owners are far more fun.

I sometimes play with them with my hands, but I didn't when they were kittens, and they were being socialized. Now if I play with them using my hands, their claws never come out. I trained them, but I didn't use physical punishment.
The lesson that has to be instilled early is "no claws allowed."

Yep, my cats don't use their claws and I never had to use physical abuse on them.

See my cats: http://community.webshots.com/album/56955940rWhxAe Raw Diet Info: http://www.holisticat.com/drjletter.html http://www.geocities.com/rawfeeders/ForCatsOnly.html Declawing Info: http://www.wholecat.com/articles/claws.htm
Sorry, but I find grabbing a cat by the scruff of the neck and dunking them in water to be extremely cruel. My cats don't use their claws, and are very playful. They are not bullied or physically punished either.[/nq]Sorry but better the undesired behavior be delt with early on than to have a house cat that bites and scratches people. Some cats don't need to be "told" while others do. Your interpretation of what constitutes "bullied" or "punished" is thoroughly laughable. You have little concept of "cruel." I'll give you examples of cruel: (1) Declawing a cat, (2) administrations of poisons to curtail recurring intestinal worms, (3) prolonged, expensive, and heroic medical efforts to thwart the inevitable death of a pet, (4) containing a cat in your home that is thoroughly discontented with the food and accommodations, (5) hurling the cat thru a glass window.

And you think a little dunk under the kitchen faucet is cruel? LOL. Our cats (including the present one) are well adjusted to living with us humans in our house. But Rusty might hop up on the back of the chair you're sitting in and paw thru your hair .. looking for bugs. ;-)

~~Philip
"Never let school interfere
with your education - Mark Twain"
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Sorry, but I find grabbing a cat by the scruff ... very playful. They are not bullied or physically punished either.

Agreed!!! MaryL

That you two agree does not mean you are correct.

~~Philip
"Never let school interfere
with your education - Mark Twain"
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