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Is it ok to use shock collars on cats?

Asked by deepseas72 (1076points) March 23rd, 2008 from iPhone
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oneye1's avatar

its no ok to use shock collars on any animal

scamp's avatar
I sure wouldn’t want to be next to one when it gave a shock! their claws would rip me to shreds!!

bulbatron9's avatar

Hell No! Cats are nothing like a dog, and should never have a collar, when outside. Unless it’s a break-away collar, because cats are more agile than a dog, and climb trees, get into little nooks, and anything else they see that interests them. That would be terrible to go outside and see little “poofy”, or whatever your cats name is, hanging from a tree. Plus the cat would probably not come back, since they are a more self-sufficient than a dog.

scamp's avatar

That’s true. Plus one shock, and it would probably run for a week.

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Poser's avatar

Whoa! Slow down there, Skippy. It was a joke.

simone54's avatar

Cat’s don’t get it and they’re keep shocking them selves.

deepseas72's avatar

I should point out that I do not intend the collar for use outdoors. It’s to keep her FROM going out the door. The barrier would be set up about a foot or two from the door so that she couldn’t dart out every time the door gets opened and get hit by a car. She is strictly an inside cat but has a tendency to run out any open door any time its possible. She has narrowly missed being crushed by cars a time or two.
I have seen CAT shock collars on pet supply websites, but our local pet stores only carry collars marketed for dogs. Is there any difference between collars made for dogs and the ones for cats, as long as you buy the one for the correct weight of the animal?
By the way, we have tried every thing else, including scented deterrents, and extra vigilance. We can’t use ScatMats at the door for obvious reasons.

annelandry's avatar

wouldn’t want the newly psychotic cat to scratch my eyes out in my sleep. Cats are so calculating

mcw's avatar

no shock collar. No no. I don’t care what anyone says about an animal’s memory—cats remember everything. Like elephants. You shock her, you’re going to piss her off.
Have you tried a water bottle? Give her a little spray next time she takes a sprint. She’ll be mad at you for that too of course, but it’s forgivable. :)

deepseas72's avatar

the water bottle was the obvious first choice, and has long since been exhausted. When I said I tried all other options, I actually meant it. And I should mention that the cat will not associate ME with the shock. That’s the point. She will associate it with the EVIL door, which she won’t want to go out of. If she doesn’t go near the door, she never gets shocked. But I guess I could also let the car that runs her over be the teaching method…much less cruel, right?

scamp's avatar

My cat tries to get out too. But I just keep an eye on him when I go in and out. last weekend, in spite of all my efforts, he did sneak out, and I didn’t realize he was gone until 1 a.m. He hides in the condo a lot, so I didn’t know when or how he got out. My fiance noticed he was missing. We went out to look for him to no avail. It was a frigid 30 degrees out, and very windy. I was extremely worried about him all night. He is a Florida cat, and has never been in temperatures so extreme.

The next morning, he was sitting at the door waiting to be let in. The poor guy was so cold!! For three days, he did nothing but lay around. I thought he was sick with a cold, but it turned out he had a lot of muscle soreness from all the shivering he did. I set out a heating pad for him, and he hardly moved off of it. That experience has kept him far away from the door ever since!

nocountry2's avatar

A shock collar on a cat just seems messed up my friend

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scamp's avatar

I got this in my e-mail today. After you read this think about if you still want one for your cat.

A guy who purchased his lovely wife a pocket Taser for their anniversary submitted this:

Last weekend I saw something at Larry’s Pistol & Pawn Shop that sparked my interest.
The occasion was our 15th anniversary and I was looking for a little something extra for my wife, Julie.
What I came across was a 100,000-volt, pocket/purse- sized taser. The effects of the taser were supposed to be short lived, with no long-term adverse affect on your assailant, allowing her adequate time to retreat to safety….??
WAY TOO COOL! Long story short, I bought the device and brought it home.
I loaded two AAA batteries in the darn thing and pushed the button. Nothing! I was disappointed. I learned, however, that if I pushed the but ton AND pressed it against ametal surface at the same time; I’d get the blue arc of electricity darting back and forth between the prongs. AWESOME!!! Unfortunately, I have yet to explain to Julie what that burn spot is on the face of her microwave.
Okay, so I was home alone with this new toy, thinking to myself that it couldn’t be all that bad with only two triple-A batteries, right?
There I sat in my recliner, my cat Gracie looking on intently (trusting little soul) while I was reading the directions and thinking that I really needed to try this thing out on a flesh & blood moving target.
I must admit I thought about zapping Gracie (for a fraction of a second) and thought better of it. She is such a sweet cat. But, if I was going to give this thing to my wife to protect herself against a mugger, I did want some assurance that it would work as advertised. Am I wrong?
So, there I sat in a pair of shorts and a tank top with my reading glasses perched delicately on the bridge of my nose, directions in one hand, and taser in another.
The directions said that a one-second burst would shock and disorient your assailant; a two-second burst was supposed to cause muscle spasms and a major loss of bodily control; a three-second burst would purportedly make your assailant flop on the ground like a fish out of water. Any burst longer than three seconds would be wasting the batteries. All the while I’m looking at this little device measuring about 5’ long, less than 3/4 inch in circumference; pretty cute really and (loaded with two itsy, bitsy triple-A batteries) thinking to myself, ‘no possible way!’

What happened next is almost beyond description, but I’ll do my best…?
I’m sitting there alone, Gracie looking on with her head cocked to one side as to say, ’ don’t do it dipshit,’ reasoning that a one second burst from such a tiny little ole thing couldn’t hurt all that bad. I decided t o give myself a one second burst just for heck of it. I touched the prongs to my naked thigh, pushed the button, and . . . HOLY MOTHER OF GOD.

I’m pretty sure Jessie Ventura ran in through the side door, picked me up in the recliner, then body slammed us both on the carpet, over and over and over again. I vaguely recall waking up on my side in the fetal position, with tears in my eyes, body soaking wet, both nipples on fire, testicles nowhere to be found, with my left arm tucked under my body in the oddest position, and tingling in my legs?
The cat was making meowing sounds I had never heard before, clinging to a picture frame hanging above the fireplace, obviously in an attempt to avoid getting slammed by my body flopping all over the living room.
Note: If you ever feel compelled to ‘mug’ yourself with a taser, one note of caution: there is no such thing as a one second burst wh en you zap yourself! You will not let go of that thing until it is dislodged from your hand by a violent thrashing about on the floor. A three second burst would be considered conservative?
A minute or so later (I can’t be sure, as time was a relative thing at that point), I collected my wits (what little I had left), sat up and surveyed the landscape. My bent reading glasses were on the mantel of the fireplace. The recliner was upside down and about 8 feet or so from where it originally was. My triceps, right thigh and both nipples were still twitching.
My face felt like it had been shot up with Novocain, and my bottom lip weighed 88 lbs.
I had no control over the drooling. Apparently I shit myself, but was too numb to know for sure and my sense of smell was gone.; I saw a faint smoke cloud above my head which
I believe was came from my hair. I’m still looking for my nuts and I’m offering a significant reward for their safe return!!
P. S. My wife loved the gift, and now regularly threatens me with it!
‘If you think Education is difficult, try being stupid.’


deepseas72's avatar

scamp, that was annoyingly long.

scamp's avatar

deepseas72 Next time I answer one of your posts I will remember to keep it short and to the point.

nocountry2's avatar

pffff – I thought that was hilarious – if deepseas wants short answers they should stipulate that in the question

Robby's avatar

No! But my step brother put up one of those electric wires around the yard to keep his dog in the yard. Needless to say it didn’t work. So he took it down and placed all the wire under the deck forgetting to un plug it. So with the collar still on the dog, the dog walked up on the deck and jumped about 3 feet in the air. In a sick sense of humorous way it was funny once. Guess you would have to be there.

kidrok420's avatar

what if the cat meows all the time no matter what… feed it….it still meows….you let it out it meows…you let it in it meows…..i just want my cat too stop meowing soo much…so what about a meow shock collar…that would be acceptable….maybe if it had a toggle switch too only shock during excessive meowing…..

Sleepy's avatar

Our cat wakes us up every morning by pawing the bedroom door. We have tried many things to try to stop this behavior. I know it doesn’t sound that bad but its at 4:30am!! we used a scat-mat and that worked for a while, but now she justs paws the bathroom door. We are thinking about a shock collar with a remote button that we can activate from inside the bedroom (where she won’t see it us doing it). Any ideas?

catfancymagazine's avatar

I used a shock collar on my cat to stop her from spraying on vertical objects around the house. I did this for a week, and every time I caught her in the act or showed her the scene of the crime, I shocked her.
I no longer use the collar, as it has worked brilliantly, and I no longer find cat spray anywhere in my house.

Dandy's avatar

We use the small dog shock collar on our 14 lb cat. We do this because our two snall dogs go in and out of the doggy door while we are at work. If the cat gets outside either she will be hit by a car or a coyote will eat her. We have been using it successfully for four years now. She doesn’t mind the collar, even if it is bulky. We carried the collar towards the receiver to test it on ourselves and even two of the grandchildren ages 5 did it. A tingling that gets your attention and makes you stop. If we don’t pay attention to the battery, and it goes dead….the cat knows it, and she is out the doggie door. I highly recommend it to keep a cat from entering a certain room, area, or out the doggy door. It is not cruel. It saves her life. She is happy and content. During the summer when I am in the backyard she is out on a lead where I can keep an eye on her.

Bx's avatar

Actually they do make these for cats. They have them for indoor & outdoor use. They are expensive, but they do exist.

Ur2funny's avatar

Scamp, I do not care what others say, that post was well worth the reading. I am 54 year old male and I sat in my chair and laughed till I cried from your post. The Bible says laughter is a good medician. I should be good with that dose. Thanks for posting that. you have made my day. In fact i will be visiting this site more often now.


Druid630's avatar

Ur2funny, where does the Bible say that?

invisibleme's avatar

I think it was the Readers Digest instead of the Bible.

Citkat's avatar

Well I had to get a bark collar for my dog and she is doing great with it, so much so that we have taken the battery out but she knows once that collars goes on it is a no bark time…..

Our cat though, I am going to buy a shock collar because as people here say they can and will get into everything and many a time we have had to rescue him from something or somewhere and well I would rather him associate the shock to not doing something than something bad happen to him….as to using it for not leaving the yard or going outside….No I do not agree with that cause they are meant to roam if they are outside, so choose outside/inside cat or just one of those, but if your cat is going to be both get him/her fixed be responsible because I am so tired of irresponsible owners…..

desertr0se's avatar

Well, it may not be okay, but I’m going to give it a try. I’m tired of my male cat picking fights with my little female cat. I just ordered the collar. They are both indoor cats and so the danger of him wearing a collar will be minimal. Wish me luck. I’m taking her to a vet tomorrow to have her treated for a bite wound. Enough is enough. I dearly love both of them but I can’t have her living in fear of him.

manxtek's avatar

** Shock collar use is a tool for only the very educated, and only on dogs. I would never use it on a cat, because the cat will make associations with other things and may never use the litter box again, or go near its food, or be afraid of a certain chair- in other words, you don’t know what the cat will associate the shock with. They do not think the way a dog thinks.**

drburrhus's avatar

We have a cat safe shock collar. It does not use electric shocks like the dogs collars just static electricity like when you touch someone and shock them. It works great he no longer tries to run out the doggy door and the dogs can go in and out as they please. We live in the country and there are plenty of coyotes and he is just a kitten at 7 months old. he was orphaned at 2 days old and hand raised so I want to make sure I take care of his precious little life~! I will not hesitate to continue to use the shock collar.

sumrzz's avatar

This is the first set of sensible posts I’ve read. Thanks for the information. I have a cat I’ve had for well over 15 years now. He’s loved on, He’s fed, He’s happy but the senior meowing along with his hyper thyroid (as diagnosed by a doctor with treatments) still does not stop the early morning wake up meows that kill a good nights sleep. We love our cat so much. He’s the only guy left from the litter that is alive and I want to keep him till the day he passes. But the meowing issue is really starting to wear on us. Now as we’re getting older and he is getting older somethings got to give and I don’t want to take him to an animal shelter after all these years. So a collar will be in order here. I agree, I mild ting only at time of early morning meowing and that’s it. This cat is totally spoiled and to him we’re privileged to live in his house. :)) thanks again for the good advice guys.

oberkat's avatar

Desertrose – Did you buy a shock collar for your cat & did it help with the aggression toward the other cat? I have 2 boys that “play fight” with each other. I stop them when it goes on too long or gets too intense. There has never been any injuries involved or anything, and I’ve never had a problem with it. Now I have moved in with my boyfriend who has a female cat that has never been around other animals and does not know how to interact or socialize with them. We did do a long, slow introduction with the cats, but the more aggressive one of my boys still tries to “play fight” with the female. Her reaction is to scream bloody murder. This of course upsets my bf since his cat is his baby, and he’s afraid my “out of control” cat is going to hurt her. This morning, after my boy chased his girl around the house again, he gave me this ultimatum: shock collar, adoption, euthanasia, permanent crating, or I move out. Now, I’ve had my cats longer than I’ve had my boyfriend, so if one of them is going to go, it will be the bf. Problem is, I have no where else to go right now (moving wise). Crating is out of the question. That leaves the shock collar, which I am very opposed to, but it seems to be the only option.

So, back to my question: did it work for your cat with controlling aggression toward the other cat? Did it harm your cat?

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