By AussieG75 - 07/05/2013 14:18 - United States - Lakewood
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A neighbour of mine had a cat with only 3 inches of tail after his previous owner shut it in a door... I also had a kitten who was fascinated by EVERYTHING and HAD to sniff/rub against whatever caught his attention at the moment. Eventually, after two rounds of singed whiskers and a large hand-sized patch of fur on his side flared up, we just plain stopped using candles around the house, period. Didn't matter where we put them, he would find them, and no amount of squirting him would make him stop. He was never hurt, thankfully... his whiskers would be 1/2 length for a while, but his nose never got close enough to be burnt, and the fur on his side only burnt at the tips; it flared up in a second then put itself out, didn't leave a bald patch. Could barely even tell where it'd happened. Still scared the everloving crap out of us, though. Neither water nor fire could give that animal a lick of common sense...
I have mine trained to not go on certain areas, especially around the stove. A squirt bottle works wonders. Only had to correct them a couple of times. I was always afraid they would burn themselves, not to mention the ick factor if them stepping in a litter box then near where I prepare or eat food.
If you haven't seen the video on youtube about keeping cats off the counters with aluminum foil, you need to see it! Cat-launching, I think it was called... They hate the crinkling sound, and it worked like a charm on my bookcases, so my cats don't knock them off the shelves anymore! It is the most awesome idea, because it works when you are not around, and it doesn't hurt the cat!
I, unfortunately, have seen a video of that sort. It was in a clip about a horrible animal abuser, and fortunately the horrid part only lasted a few seconds as an 'example' of his crimes (prefaced with the usual 'the following could be disturbing to some viewers...' disclaimer). It is NOT something I ever want to see again. This story does not at all remind me of that.
Hope your cat is feline alright and you have a funny tail to regale your friends with...