Cats will learn the rule quickly; when you chase them off the table or
squirt them for being on the table, they'll learn to not be on the table
when you're nearby. They'll go up as much as they please if you're not
About squirt guns.... they do work unless you have the odd cat (like one
of mine) who likes water. I'm told a couple drops of lemon juice in a
spray bottle filled with water will sting their eyes just enough that
they won't like it. I've never tried it, but I've been told. It makes
If curious how much it hurts, there's a simple test. Shoot yourself in
the eyes and see what it's like.
And if you're still curious about how much things hurt...then shoot the
cat in the eyes, and see what getting your face clawed off is like.
I think the key here is having a model collection, or a cat collection,
but not both simultaneously.
Pet fish might be a better idea; then, unless you have an aquarium near
the modeling area with a flying fish in it, you shouldn't have much
trouble with your pet causing a disturbance while you are building
In fact, a pet lobster could be taught to cut parts free from their
trees with its sharp claw, and clamp parts while the glue dries with it
crushing claw. The use of piranhas in removing vacuform parts from their
backing sheets was a trick known to many modelers in the pre-resin kit
We now have 3 dogs, all young but large. We also adopted nother couple a
cats. Chester one of the new ones is medium sized male, few year old. When
the 3 dogs come in off the porch to go to thier kennels, Chester sits in the
niddle of the floor and hisses at them. You get sort of a 3 way dog pile as
they try to avoid him. Takes abit to put them up if Chester is feeling
particulalry bossy. He can corner them too, until they whimper. It's sad.
ROFL...I once had a Burmese cat that I saw riding a Border Collie down the
street in exactly the same fashion!
She also had a long haired German Shepherd trapped between a garage and the side
boundary fence (a gap of about 2 feet). The next door but one neighbour knocked
on my door and asked me to collect my cat so he could get his dog out of the
gap! When I got there my cat had it's back arched, it's tail was like a flue
brush and it was spitting up a storm, the fully grown GS was cowering at the
back of the gap and whimpering like a scared puppy!
We lost our Yellow Lab a couple of months ago due to illness but she knew her
place when it came to our current cats. She was firmly at the bottom of the
animal totem pole as the cats were already established when she arrived as a
tiny puppy. It only took a couple of swats across her nose when she got too
close for the cats' comfort and she never really bothered them again. In fact
she would patiently stand and wait if a cat was drinking out of her water bowl
and she wanted a drink herself!
Getting back on topic, our current cats have never been a problem when it comes
to models and one of them will lie on the kitchen table and watch what I am
doing while I build. He has always watched me, regardless of what I am working
on, but I do have to be careful if I have the soldering iron out as he is dumb
enough to try and rub against it!
The cat rode it for over a block and a half, then sedately walked back
home like it was king of all the jungle.
We had a situation something like that occur at our apartment house;
someone had tied their dog's leash to the outside screen door, and a cat
had promptly sat itself down just out of the dog's reach and was
gleefully watching the dog go berserk.
Then someone opened the door, and the cat was within reach of the dog.
The dog went straight at the sitting cat, who simply raised its right
paw and ran its claws right down the dog's nose. There was a split
second of silence, then that dog let out a howl you could hear for
It's lucky that more dogs don't get their eyes ripped out by cats; their
reaction time is so fast that they've been known to claw the eyes out of
poisonous snakes that were striking at them, followed by biting the
snake's spine in half.
I have a friend who lived up in Alaska, and he had a cat who would sit
out on a dock and wait for salmon to swim by. As soon as one got in
range the cat would jump onto its back and start clawing at it as the
fish tried to swim away, with the cat still on it.
I had another friend who had a pet dog and two big pet iguanas; the dog
became convinced that it was also a iguana, and wanted to be in their
cage with them. He'd put the dog in the cage, and the iguanas would
flail the hell out of the poor thing with their tails till the dog
Then, around an hour later, the dog would want to get back in their cage
There was something very wrong with that dog. :-)
If that had been a cat, there would be two fewer iguanas in the world,
They sure do take a keen interest in everything going on in their
surroundings in minute detail; if even a fly gets into the room, the cat
knows it's there and begins immediately plotting a way to catch it.
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