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"You must not play with your cats with your (bare) ... Hahhahhaa. Yeah, right. I tried that approach years ago.

Just because it doesn't work for you doesn't mean it doesn't work for others. Why is it people feel the ... the benefits instead of deriding other methods. Not all methods work for all people or all animals. Fact of life.

Are you a silly woman too? Who administers any training method is more important than the method itself. Personality. You don't know how to dunk an animal (cat in this case) for disciplinary reasons and ... I do. Get over it. ;-) My wife has never been successful in trimming any cat's talons. I have no problem ... takes me 3 minutes, all four feet. Wife would have gone the declawing route if left to her own devices.

~~Philip
"Never let school interfere
with your education - Mark Twain"
Only one reply that I read (from "L") mentioned trimming the nails. I had posted that when I brought home ... the first to use it. I feel so bad about that and wish I could give her back her claws.

I've more than mentioned clipping. It's a matter of technique and confidence. The cat can NEVER win (escape, run off) in the early clipping experience otherwise, they will challange you every time.

Send everyone out of the room Sit in a chair. Plop the on its back between your legs with its tail hanging out over your knees. Pinch the top of the paw with your thumb and press your forefinger under/behind the pad of the claw you want to clip. Extend the claw. Just clip off the little hook on the end. Move to the next claw. Do all this quickly while talking to the cat. To do the hind feet, just lean forward a bit, place your left forearm across the cat's stomach (supporting his front paws) and grasp the cat's right hind foot. Press/extend each claw between your thumb and forefinger just like you did the paws. Change arms to do the opposit side. Be confident otherwise, the cat will attempt escape. They can tell when you're fumbling around.

~~Philip
"Never let school interfere
with your education - Mark Twain"
In
Barb, Thats such a sad story about your cat wanting to sharpen he non-existant claws. I'd never declaw a cat. ... sofa, but with training of a loud 'NO' and 'Badcat' he knows if he's doing wrong and stops immediately. Becky

All the cat registered was your hostility. But luckily for you, that's all it took. LOL

~~Philip
"Never let school interfere
with your education - Mark Twain"
he's just playing...he doesn't mean to hurt me so much. And it REALLY, REALLY hurts I'm sure my neighbors have heard me scream in agony when he's dug his razor sharp claws into my skin.

If you have already tried a scratching post, did you try it horizontally AND vertically? My cat hardly bothered with several scratching posts I used to hang from various doors, preferring instead one particular corner of the couch, but one day I put a scratching post on the floor for a minute while I cleaned the door, and he promptly used it, and then seemed to fall in love with it. He uses it constantly, likes to lay next to it or on it, and even sleeps with or on it. It's very odd. But then I think my cat is odd anyway, but that's the subject of another post I'm going to write soon once I've hung around long enough to see whether my questions are asked a lot already :-)
... anyone would think I shout at my cat all the time from that reply!
Are you a silly woman too?

Ah, how mature of you.
Are you 12?
Who administers any training method is more important than the method itself.

Exactly what I said, darling.
When you act like a time-out is not a viable training method (""Time outs" for cats? Hahhahhaa. Yeah, right. I tried that approach years ago."), then state the above, you contradict yourself. YOU don't know how to train without violence. That is your fault, not the cat's.

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To Rebecca,
Actually Sapphire's story (the declawed cat) is really not sad on the whole. She is generally a happy cat who purrs a lot and has a nice routine for herself. She is a little angel but the declawing was something she didn't deserve.

Barb
I can only please one person a day.
Today is not your day.
Tomorrow doesn't look good either.
... anyone would think I shout at my cat all the time from that reply!

My cats both know "No!" and "Go!". I never hit them, squirted them, yelled at them or in any way did anything negative (I did hiss at them from time to time), except be very commanding in my voice and use hand gestures. Cats are very smart and pick up commands fairly quickly.

-L.
Are you a silly woman too?

Ah, how mature of you. Are you 12?

69 yrs. I can call you a silly woman.
Who administers any training method is more important than the method itself.

Exactly what I said, darling. When you act like a time-out is not a viable training method (""Time outs" for ... the above, you contradict yourself. YOU don't know how to train without violence. That is your fault, not the cat's.

I have described "violence," Kaeli. I am completely consistant except at your agenda driven convenience. Go suck an egg.
~~Philip "Never let school interfere with your education - Mark Twain"
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