An aversive is something that your cat finds unpleasant. It can be used to discourage her from a particular action or place. Aversives are most effective when you also offer a pleasant alternative to the place or action you need your pet to avoid.
Please experiment cautiously and sparingly when choosing an aversive as individual responses will vary. An aversive that is mildly unpleasant for one cat may be terrifying for another and have no effect on yet another. The goal is to apply the aversive at a level that will cause your cat to avoid the action or place without becoming fearful.
Apply these textures to places you need your cat to avoid, and add toys or treats to appropriate places to make them more attractive.
You may need to weight the aversive material firmly or tape it to keep it in place. To protect furniture or floor finishes from sticky substances, attach the material to a piece of foil or heavy plastic and secure that with weights or light tape. Easy-to-attach, commercial varieties of texture aversives are available from most pet supply stores.
Apply these substances to places you need your cat to avoid and add toys or treats to make appropriate places more attractive.
Soak cotton balls, rags or washcloths in the stinky substance. To help protect carpets, upholstery, floors or furniture, place the saturated object on a piece of weighted foil or heavy plastic. To prevent the substance from seeping into the ground, use the same precautions. Outdoor substances need to be reapplied daily, due to quicker dissipation into the air.
Apply these substances to places where your cat's mouth should not be, and offer an appropriate toy or treat instead.
Some of these substances may damage furniture or floor finishes, so be sure to test them in a hidden location first. Except for hot sauce and cayenne pepper, these substances should be safe to apply to human skin; however, some individuals may be sensitive to them.
Available at pet supply stores or easy to make at home, these items are activated by the cat's behavior, so the owner need not be present to apply them.
Use these to get your cat's attention; and then offer an appropriate alternative.
WARNING: For fearful cats, avoid using surprise techniques, especially noises. Also, remember to start out with the lowest level aversive first and experiment cautiously to see what works for your pet.
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