How can i stop cat from drinking coke
This is kind of a two-step solution. One, you have to teach him that his drinking Coke is unacceptable. And two, if you're going to take away his Coke, you have to give him something else just as desirable to him in its place.
Just telling a cat "no" isn't going to work. They don't do "no". Ever watch a mother cat discipline her young? She knows that instant obedience can mean the difference between life or death for them, so she makes sure they OBEY and WITHOUT QUESTION. And they do. How does she do it? When they do something she doesn't want them to do, like crossing a street without her say-so, she lays her paw on their muzzle, above the nose, and hisses, sometimes showing her teeth to underline her point. If she has a stubborn kitten,she may need to do it twice, but the kitten gets the point and stops whatever it is he was doing. When your cat goes to a glass filled with Coke to help himself to a little bit of it, put your finger firmly on his muzzle above the nose, push gently, just like Mama cat and hiss at him. Make sure you sound like you mean it. He may not like it, but he'll get the message. You might have to do it once or twice, but he WILL stop and then he'll probably pretend he has to groom himself suddenly. You might feel dumb hissing at your cat, but you have to speak his language, not your own, if you want him to listen to you. If you are consistant, doing this each time he goes to a Coke, he will eventually stop doing it - but if you are going to refuse him a good glass of ice-cold Coke (which is really really bad for him) you have to give him something else in exchange; it's only fair. If it's hot out, maybe give him a bowl of ice water with a cube or two of ice to play with. Or, if it's the fizz he likes, try a glass of club soda. If it's cold out, maybe some meat-based soup, like chicken noodle or beef stew. Or milk, if he's one of those adult cats who isn't lactose intolerant. When he is drinking what you've replaced his Coke with, pet him and tell him he's a good boy. Positive reinforcement works wonders with cats - they really need to know you love them. Never never hit or yell at your cat - he won't understand what your problem is and all it will do is teach him to fear and avoid you. If you're consistant with your nose-pressing and hissing, he will stop, and if you're also consistant with the positive reinforcement, it won't hurt your relationship with him. Cats are trainable - I take mine for walks without a leash - they don't cross the street until I tell them and they stay by me (as long as there is no dog trying to kill them, in which case I deal with the dog and then they come back to me when I call them). People are always amazed but cats aren't at all stupid, they just have a different point of view. Good luck!
Feb 01, 2012 |