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How to properly handle cat discipline
2008-07-29 06:00
by Bob Timmermann
Notice to Correct Deficiencies

Pet Name: Casey Cat

Job Classification: Cat II

Department: Pets

Location: Home

Statement of Deficiencies:

Cat was warned that he should not use supervisor/owner's furniture to satisfy his clawing needs. Cat was informed that there were other avenues available (specifically two scratching posts) to satisfy his clawing needs.

Cat also refused to allow the supervisor/owner to trim his claws in an orderly fashion, often lashing out by scratching or biting. This often lead to potential safety hazards, primarily involving biomedical situations.

Cat was warned that repeated instances of this clawing or biting could lead to further disciplinary action that would be include potential suspension or termination.

Signed: Bob Timmermann, Supervisor/Owner


Response from Union Representative


Stanley L. Snagglepuss of Felines in Urban Residences (FUR), Local 5


Speaking on behalf of Mr. Cat, I must state that he is quite dismayed by this action. He has said that he was never clearly informed of the rules regarding which materials were designated as acceptable clawing surfaces. Clawing is a very important ritual for Mr. Cat and he has suffered great psychological stress trying to figure out what to claw.

Furthermore, Mr. Cat has been traumatized by what he feels have been violent attacks on his unique feline nature by management with the nail trimming scissors. At first, he assumed that management was attempting to hurt him. This problem was exacerbated by management shooting a spray of water at Mr. Cat from a blue bottle.

Mr. Cat believes that further attempts to denigrate his character in this fashion by management may result in the filing of a formal grievance or the possibility of legal action.

2008-07-29 06:31:05
1.   Johan
2-4-6-8, who do we terminate?


2008-07-29 06:59:31
2.   bhsportsguy
Let me ask a dumb question from someone who has never owned a cat, how does the cat know its okay to scratch a scratching post? I mean do they give off some sort special scent, do they have some type of cat writing on them that they can understand to say "It is okay to scratch me."
2008-07-29 07:01:20
3.   D4P
Our cats love the cardboard scratching boxes. It seems to address all of their scratching needs.

BTW: Do you have nice furniture? I wouldn't have guessed that...

2008-07-29 08:28:21
4.   MC Safety
Scratching posts are completely useless. My cat seems to fancy using my kneecap as a scratching post.
2008-07-29 08:33:11
5.   max power
The "No Scratch Spray" sold at pet stores and used on the piece of furniture you'd like to protect did wonders for us over here.
2008-07-29 08:45:21
6.   berkowit28
Dogs are more fun. ;-)
2008-07-29 08:46:46
7.   Eric Stephen
Sounds like Stanley Snagglepuss was trained at the Richie Phillips school of negotiating.
2008-07-29 10:08:38
8.   Cliff Corcoran
2 1) scratching posts look like fun to scratch 2) when they scratch on them, rather than getting shooed away as they do when they scratch other things, they typically get praise and, perhaps when first exposed to it, food rewards from their owner. 3) once a cat has marked something like that, they typically go back to it (which may be part of the problem Bob is having, actually).

0 Bob, pick up Pam Johnson-Bennett's "Starting from Scratch" -- a book I edited on correcting problem behavior in adult cats.

2008-07-29 10:20:14
9.   Bob Timmermann
Those are good ideas Cliff, but the A.R. (Animal Resources) people have told me that I need to follow formal disciplinary procedures.

It's a process...

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