1) Charlie recently taught me how to handle him while using the vacuum or sweeper, both drive him nuts.
This may not work for everyone because Charlie is a good sized dog who now weighs mid 70's to 80 lbs. It requires that you can hold the collar as you work. I'm 5'8" and have no trouble as both activities require me to be slightly bent over.
The trick is when Charlie starts going nuts and grabbing with his mouth at the sweeper, I one day just reached out and grabbed hold of his collar while continuing to vacuum - in this case cleaning up parrot spillage.
He walks along with me as I move about the room. He becomes quiet and relaxed. I don't have a tight grip at all, just hooked a finger through the collar and he calms immediately.
It is really odd that it works. If I remove my hand he is soon back to barking and lunging at the equipment.
2 - Cat's peeing where you don't want them to and how to break their habit. I have had to deal with the problem off and on. Never have I seen who is the guilty cat - so that means they all are. So I needed a solution in general not specific to one cat.
I use essential oils that are watered done when I buy them. Plain oil can be expensive. I recently switched to lavender.
So when the latest peeing event occurred I went on line to see if there were any reason why the cat might do it and also suggestions for clean up and stopping the habit.
Didn't get much for why except cats may do it to show their displeasure for something. Since I feed them on that counter I discounted that as the reason.
I noticed the last few times their little box - which I clean of their items every day, and sprinkle with some fresh litter and some baking soda - were down to the last of my litter.
Most time I have enough to see me into the next month - but the last two occasions I ran out of new litter 2 or 3 days before the new litter arrived.
Anyway, that my problem with timing the amount of litter I need to purchase earlier in the month.
Once I got on line I discovered there are a number of scents that cats really dislike. Lavender and orange being two of them.
I immediately got my bottle of lavender and wetter a folded paper towel and sprinkled some of the lavender water- perhaps more than I needed - on it. I proceeded to wipe down the entire counter. I did the entire top and sides of it.
Later I noticed the cats were no longer walking or sitting on the counter. I have a tall steamer trunk wardrobe next to the counter which holds all my kitchen foils, etc. in one drawer and the other two hold all the face cloths, tea towels and bar towels I use in the kitchen or as rags.
I now feed their dry food in one pan on top of that and all 3 cats will jump up there - but NOT on the counter. So the scent stays for a while and as soon as I see a cat on the counter I wipe it down again.
So far it works to keep the cats off the counter and so far they are all using their cat box - it's a storage container that means they have to jump in... and I can fill it deeper with litter so it last longer. Now, I need to see how long it takes and if they use the counter again. Fingers crossed.
2 - Another cat solution. This is to keep stray or neighbor cats out of my yard. I learned that cats do not like vinegar and if sprayed on my fence about the compost pile - which the cat has access to as the neighbor has a shed that butts up to my fence - I should then spray the roof of the shed where the cat climbs down to my fence. Maybe no more cat in my yard. Again fingers crossed. If doesn't work I will try the lavender, as it might work there also. The article said if it rains re -apply to the areas in question.
There are other scents in addition to the lavender and orange. But since I like lavender and orange I will stick with them... it's my yard too LOLOL!
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