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Tue, 03/20/2012 - 17:22 by Ananth in response to water cat

Hey guys! We're on the road so I'll keep this brief: 


Aw man... my cousin has a

Comment by Koko (not verified) Tue, 03/20/2012 - 17:37

Aw man... my cousin has a cat that is exactly like this. He even opens his mouth to catch the water in mid-air! We basically have to aim for the inside of his ears for the spritz bottle to do anything effective.

Better Luck Next Time

Comment by Talizmyn (not verified) Tue, 03/20/2012 - 17:44

Better luck next time.

We had a dog we would try to deter from licking the paint/plaster off the walls (I don't know how she did this in such a short time,) or stop from chewing baseboards. Our first attempt, after scoldings would not work, was Tabasco sauce. Unfortunately this dog -loved- the spicy sauce, we found out later when the issue worsened... we ended up using some crazy mixture of this 'apple bitters' product (none of which was toxic for a dog, of course) and a jar full of pennies to get her attention, if we caught her doing it.

Cats, man.

Comment by Scud (not verified) Tue, 03/20/2012 - 17:51

My parents' cat does the same thing. He just sits there while you spray water at him. We had to give up.


Comment by Omnithea (not verified) Tue, 03/20/2012 - 18:38

Have you forgotten Cricket's origin as Laundry Cat? She's undoubtedly survived a trip in a washer or a basket of wet clothing at some point. You only make her stronger.

"Thanks. I was thirsty."

Comment by Jonn (not verified) Tue, 03/20/2012 - 18:57

"Thanks. I was thirsty."

You gotta use laser mode!

Comment by Katawa Tenshu (not verified) Tue, 03/20/2012 - 19:41

You gotta use laser mode!

For "Special" cats.

Comment by Pixie (not verified) Tue, 03/20/2012 - 20:20

We had a cat like this. She's a bit.... 'tarded. She used to sit out in the rain with a face that said "Dude, why am I wet?"

What we found worked for us, is putting a bit of white vinegar in with the water. She'll be wet, and taste nasty, and generally unimpressed.

Outdoors Cats

Comment by benBearz (not verified) Wed, 03/21/2012 - 03:58

It could be you have a cat thats like ours, even if the conditions outside are horrible, you can count on at least one of them to be outside in the elements.

One day we came back home after going shopping during what was practically a blizzard and found one of them in his normal outdoors sleeping spot, completely covered in snow to the point where he just blended in with the rest of the snow.

Scared the hell out of my mum, when he jumped up, discarding his camouflage and start yowling at us.

Doubt it, they're both stray

Comment by Pixie (not verified) Mon, 03/26/2012 - 01:29

Doubt it, they're both stray cats we picked up in the Middle East, you can measure how cold it is by whether they're sleeping on the covers or under. She's also crosseyed which makes her look even more daft.

The other one is like a violent Gonta. Petpetpetpurrpurrpurr LEGGO A' MAH HAND YAH !)#$&@#!! ........ purrpurrrpurrr

^This exactly. White vinegar

Comment by Grey (not verified) Wed, 03/21/2012 - 22:07

^This exactly. White vinegar + water = cat repellent.

Or Just Make A Lot of Noise

Comment by MadH (not verified) Tue, 03/20/2012 - 20:22

Yeah, I'd say switch to laser mode or do what I do (because I am too cheap to get a water bottle). I just clap my hands and stomp my feet as I charge towards wherever the cat is, while yelling "BAD!"

They get the idea very quickly not to do whatever they have done again. Only once did I have a cat ignore my rules after that, and that was to attack the peppermint on a gingerbread house. That cat was insane for peppermint. Literally drove him mad! He could not help himself around it. We once left a box of junior mint boxes on the back of the couch while we went shopping. Came back to see him rolling around in a huge pile of boxes, gnawing on them.

Even bags peppermint things had been in drove him crazy.
Okay enough about my cats haha

Probably because peppermint

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Wed, 03/21/2012 - 05:06

Probably because peppermint is related to catnip. ;)

Dunno how expensive it would

Comment by tahrey (not verified) Wed, 03/21/2012 - 03:53

Dunno how expensive it would be... you could probably make up something to do it using an old "scrap" laptop and ball mouse running any version of windows. So long as it has tweeterish speakers in it.

Synthesise a siren-like sound alternating between, say, 20 and 22khz in audacity or your own favourite square wave producing app. Maximum volume. Save as PCM WAV.

Discombobulate the mouse and use it's left-click microswitch to make a pressure pad to put under Surface X that will trip with the weight of a cat, but not the usual other things that go on there. Arrange things on the laptop so that the mouse pointer sits over the "Play" button in Sound Recorder with that file loaded. Turn up the volume. Hide laptop. Put pressure pad in place. Wait and watch.

Alternatively kids' IR "laser" security alarm projects are available fairly cheaply at electronics shops and should include a piezo buzzer whose output could be redirected to something more strident. Or even the mouse button switch.

OR! You can assemble the

Comment by chrisherself (not verified) Wed, 03/21/2012 - 10:46

OR! You can assemble the following:

- One tin can (coffee works well)
- five pennies

Put the pennies in the can. Give the can a shake when the cat does a behavior you want to discourage.

I have yet to meet a cat that will tolerate the scary, scary noise of five cents in a coffee can. It's loud.

I rarely need to use it for my cat, and when I do I barely need to shake it. He sees me pick up the can and pretty much goes "ALL RIGHT ALL RIGHT I'LL KNOCK IT OFF."


Spray bottles

Comment by Ramiel (not verified) Tue, 03/20/2012 - 21:36

You know how you almost screw off the nozzle of a spray bottle, the spray will turn into a stream. Also, it makes a great water gun in the hot summer :D

PEW PEW~ Water bullets!

Ha, my cat Nimbus was the

Comment by Dani (not verified) Tue, 03/20/2012 - 22:00

Ha, my cat Nimbus was the same at first. Now he'll run when I pick up the bottle. So apparently I can train cats. Woot.

Why is it...

Comment by ??? (not verified) Tue, 03/20/2012 - 22:06

That the one year my fave webcomic artists are coming to WonderCon, it's the one year they have it in Anaheim and not SF? Guuuuh...

Rather than water..

Comment by Jingseng (not verified) Tue, 03/20/2012 - 22:33

Use a can of compressed air (like for cleaning keyboards)... the sound and puff of air is reminiscent of an angry cat's hiss, so it communicates the "no" point alot more effectively (and without soaking things).

Canned air for us too

Comment by ELG (not verified) Wed, 03/21/2012 - 07:35

Agreed. My husband started using it to keep our 2 girls off his computers because he certainly wasn't going to use a water bottle for that. We have always found the air to be very effective. We now have Ssscat ones set up in the nursery to train them not to get into the crib. I'm hoping that is as effective :)

Same here

Comment by Justin (not verified) Fri, 03/23/2012 - 08:35

My fiancee and I have found compressed air to be the only thing that works. We just have to show him the can now and he knows to move.

Now I Miss My Cats

Comment by Ryorin (not verified) Wed, 03/21/2012 - 01:51

One of my cats does this, even though the water clearly makes him MISERABLE. This is not as contradictory as it seems when you account for the facts that (1) my cat is a coward and (2) my cat is an idiot. He'll jump on the kitchen counter, and if you spray him, he retreats to the counter corner against the wall and hunch there. Still getting sprayed. Instead of jumping off the counter. It's so pathetic, we finally just stopped spraying him and just manually move him instead.

haha! yep my cat, Rogue, is

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Wed, 03/21/2012 - 04:21

haha! yep my cat, Rogue, is exactly the same. I have to close the bathroom door otherwise she will end up in the toilet. When I'm washing the dishes, she'll sit on the side and not move even though I'm lifting dripping dishes over her.

Last week she tried to get in the bath with me - it was most bizzare.


Comment by Vanessa (not verified) Wed, 03/21/2012 - 08:05

Oh gosh this is exactly like our Tia when we tried to keep her off the counters. She'd wait until she was sprayed enough before licking off the water. I swear she just likes the free drink...even though her bowl is always full. *headdesk*

This was a really cute one. XD

dem catz

Comment by Al Paradise (not verified) Wed, 03/21/2012 - 09:13

Yo, Yuko draws da best cats.

Cold water

Comment by elorg (not verified) Wed, 03/21/2012 - 13:22

My, uh, more gullible cat Boo has the same reaction. I've found that COLD water does the trick. But then... you're left with having to go to the fridge first - which they can quickly pick up on and that will give them time to run & hide.

I just spray my cats with

Comment by Kyrie (not verified) Wed, 03/21/2012 - 13:54

I just spray my cats with compressed air. It's always on my computer desk for keeping the tower dust-free, it makes a loud hissing sound, and hot damn but they hate having air blown in their faces!

I can't believe how true

Comment by Luke (not verified) Wed, 03/21/2012 - 17:20

I can't believe how true this is. My wife thought our cat was the only one who wasn't phased by water.

Two comments to be made here:

Comment by Alex Ross (not verified) Thu, 03/22/2012 - 02:00

1.) Yuko, I think you broke your cat.

2.) You've got your water bottle set to spritz, not drench.

My cat does that same thing!

Comment by Krystyn (not verified) Thu, 03/22/2012 - 02:32

My cat does that same thing! Water doesn't phase her. My husband bought a nerf gun and shoots the nerf darts at her. She is absolutely terrified of the noises and of the darts. We also use a can of air, but it doesn't work all too well. She usually hunkers down and hisses back at it.

Like so many others, my

Comment by Rachel (not verified) Thu, 03/22/2012 - 09:49

Like so many others, my Hero-cat is unfazed by the water bottle, to the point that she thinks it's a far better way to drink than, say, from her bowl.

We've taken to watering the cat several times a day... I think pussy-whipped is a totally accurate phrase here.

Aaaaaah I can't wait to see

Comment by dorkofages (not verified) Thu, 03/22/2012 - 10:41

Aaaaaah I can't wait to see you dudes at the ECCC! It's my first con, so I just can't wait!

Con question

Comment by Kimmik (not verified) Thu, 03/22/2012 - 10:46

Are you guys thinking of coming to San Diego Comic Con this summer?

Just missed you guys.

Comment by Velox-Mortis (not verified) Thu, 03/22/2012 - 13:14

I was just in Portland last weekend, bad timing on my part. Maybe next time. Keep up the great work.

will you guys post more

Comment by j (not verified) Thu, 03/22/2012 - 14:12

will you guys post more pictures / videos of cricket and rook?

Pussy cat doesn't care.

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 03/22/2012 - 14:50

Pussy cat doesn't care. Pussy cat don't give a shit.


Comment by Ambrose Mugwump (not verified) Thu, 03/22/2012 - 21:07

Try it with the sprayer set on jet rather than mist, that'll get him moving.

would love to see Cricket's

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Mon, 03/26/2012 - 22:51

would love to see Cricket's reaction over Ssscat. works like a charm


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