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Jumpo Trainer Uses Scare Tactics For Training

Would You Use the Jumpo Trainer?

I have heard of some interesting training tactics in my day to teach pets various lessons. Similar to the suggestion to toss a pebble-filled water bottle in the general direction of a barking dog to get him to stop yapping, this is a noisy device to deter your cat from jumping on the couch.

The Jumpo Trainer ($5) kind of reminds me of a bear trap (only it's not lethal, thank goodness) but designed to make noise to keep your cat or birds from going into places they shouldn't. Once the target area is triggered, the Jumpo jumps up, rattles, and your kitty is scared away from whatever you are trying to keep her from. I'm all for training aides to help me along the learning curve, but I'm just a little skeptical that this scare tactic would actually work . . . without causing a cat to go mental!

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bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Nothing works better for my cats than a good ol' squirt bottle. Works every time. Except when I'm not at home...hehe
Beauty Beauty 8 years
I'm with Skinny. I think this would scare and possibly hurt my kitties.
Skinny1 Skinny1 8 years
I’m not convinced that this won’t hurt smaller animal. It’s a big no-no for me.
mayara mayara 8 years
No, I don't think it would work with my cats. The one who most needs training not to go somewhere would eat it.
mudnessa mudnessa 8 years
BloodyFuFu i sympathize with you. Have you had your cat checked for urinary problems. When I first got my now 1 year old kitten she started peeing outside the box and then eventually on our bed and she ended up having a urinary tract infection. she got her meds and the infection was gone but she continued for about six months to prefer the bed. it was horrible. we used precious cats litter attractant and it helped and now we use precious cats normal clumping litter. it took time for her to reuse the box and not the bed, but we are all happy now. of course its not always a health issue, sometimes its just in their heads and for that, our other cat has head issues, i have used and love spirit essence holistic remedies. they actually worked for our fur chewing cat. check out the site if its something that might interest you: http://www.spiritessence.com/
foxie foxie 8 years
Yeah, obviously these aren't meant to injure animals. Doesn't matter. I don't like the look of them.
BloodyFuFu BloodyFuFu 8 years
Sorry foxie, its awful that an animal was put through that but these are very different than steel traps with teeth meant to hurt. When you look at their site you see that they are triggered by things touching them, like a piece of cardboard the animal steps on. Doesn't look cruel at all. It may scare them but it would be effective. Cats don't respond well to correction. They associate correction with the person, not with the doing something they're not supposed to. If you can make the environment correct them with a loud noise then they'll get it. I just ordered two. My cat has gotten into a phase of peeing on the furniture and nothing has worked so far. We've tried enzyme cleaner, foil on the furniture, blocking her out of the room, attracting litter, and corporal cuddling. She hates the cuddles and she uses the litter but she still wants to mark the new furniture. I can't wait to try them!
foxie foxie 8 years
It looks like a steel trap. My dog was rescued from a steel trap that injured her paw and gouged her eye. Needless to say, I don't want any object that resembles a trap in my home.
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