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(Popular Science)   Scientists still trying to determine if cat bites lead to human depression or if cats just prefer biting depressed people   (popsci.com) divider line 5
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2014-02-20 08:57:39 AM
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Stupid sorry assed people letting their cat bite them. What's wrong with you! You're the human being! It's a critter!
If it bites you, give it a good whack or a free flying lesson. I guarantee you that mess will stop.
2014-02-20 06:11:46 PM
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varmitydog: Still, I can't imagine anyone letting their cat bite them. To me that's the person's fault for being an idiot.


I totally agree with you. I never understand why any pet that bites doesn't receive and automatic smack to the head for having done so. (Anyone who cannot see the difference between one smack and beating the sh*t out of something has some issues of their own.)

By not providing a negative response to the cat, all you've done is reinforced the biting behaviour. You've stopped doing whatever you were doing when the cat bit you, which was what it wanted. From the cat's perspective it got a positive response. It got rewarded. So  really, you've just encouraged it to bite. Now it knows when you do what it doesn't want, it only needs to bite you to get its way.

If instead it found out that a bite gets it a smack, then biting is no longer likely to be the first option when you do something it doesn't like, and it may choose to move away instead. You need to give a negative response to the behaviour you don't want to see repeated, instead of a positive one. Same as if you stick you hand in a fire and it gets burnt, you learn to not stick your hand in a fire.

Obvious I'd have thought, but not to cat owners, apparently.
2014-02-20 11:29:00 AM
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markfara: I was taking umbrage at the notion of throwing my cat across the room.

I imagine that going to grab up a cat and throw it would get you bit worse. "A flying lesson" for a critter means a good swift kick that propels them airborne.

I suppose I look at cats differently than yourself; I live out in the country, my cats don't have names, never come in the house and live under the shed. They are forever leaving dead mice or snakes around the doorways. I think I have eight cats right right now; they come and go. A few of them never come close to me, others follow me around the yard and come up to be petted every time I sit down. If they bite me, they get a hit or a kick. Mostly I miss, but they get the point right quick.

Still, I can't imagine anyone letting their cat bite them. To me that's the person's fault for being an idiot.
2014-02-20 10:14:37 AM
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markfara: varmitydog: Stupid sorry assed people letting their cat bite them. What's wrong with you! You're the human being! It's a critter!
If it bites you, give it a good whack or a free flying lesson. I guarantee you that mess will stop.

Yes, beat the sh*t out of them. That works for kids, too.


A quick smack on the head immediately after bad behaviour is not the same as a prolonged, anger-fuelled aggressive violent episode, aka "beating the shiat out of them".

Hilariously, most parents think the two are the same, and produce the same effects, and will instead opt for a prolonged, anger-fuelled, aggressive scream fest, which has just as much psychological damage to children, but without the nasty stigma of having your hand come in contact with your child.
2014-02-20 09:59:55 AM
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It makes sense to me.  If I had a cat, I'd be depressed.
 
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