How do I de-program my paper-ripping cat?
June 10, 2014 3:39 PM Subscribe
I have accidentally trained my otherwise lovely cat to be as annoying and destructive as possible when he wants to be fed by just giving in and feeding him. How do I get him to stop this behavior?
posted by shesdeadimalive to Pets & Animals (20 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Note that this ONLY happens before mealtimes. He is perfectly behaved all other times of the day. It primarily manifests itself as ripping up any and all paper he can find --- this has included bills, important documents, and homework -- so normal methods like spraying bitter apple or cayenne pepper on things won't work because it'll ruin the paper.
Things I've tried:
- Ignoring him, but he just keeps ripping.
- Interrupting him, he'll run away for a bit and then come back and keep ripping.
- Putting away all papers, he'll open notebooks, shred Post-It pads, and pull out Kleenex - just to have something to rip.
- Feeding him before he starts ripping, but he just starts even earlier the next mealtime.
How can I make him stop?!