The Trick to Using a Squirt Bottle on Your Cat the Right Way

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Negative reinforcement isn’t really the way to go when it comes to training a cat. Unfortunately, squirt bottles are considered negative reinforcement. What’s the problem? Your cat ends up associating the punishment with you, not their behavior! But, you can squirt your cat on one occasion if you do it the right way.

If you’re trying to shut the bedroom door on your cat in the evening so you can get a good night’s sleep, you may find that he scratches on the door. You may be tempted to open the door to squirt him, but avoid doing that. Crack the door so he can’t see you and squirt him through the crack! You can also use a crack under the door.

Because your cat can’t see you, he won’t associate the punishment with you! To learn more, call your veterinarian Marion, IA.

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