Lisa Ricard Claro – Author

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Posted on Dec 7, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   15 Comments | Posted in cat · Luna · Ssscat · tabby
If you are a frequent visitor to Writing the Buff then you are aware that a year ago my daughter rescued a kitten from a storm drain.  Only six months after her adoption into our home, I reported the kitty to be a domestic terrorist.  We are now one year and one month out, and Luna is still our favorite little troublemaker.
Just to give you a visual reference, here’s a picture of Luna shortly after she arrived at our home:
And here she is now, sitting right where she’s not supposed to be:

The latter photo is important, because it allows me to segue into the naked truth about a wonderful cat deterrent product called Ssscat.  Here’s the situation.

Luna, also known around the house as Luna-tic, is loved and accepted by all with the exception of the undisputed Feline Queen of the house, aka Tabitha. Tabby’s dislike of Luna is so strong that Tabby is now on Prozac to ease her stress.  Here’s a pic of our Prozac kitty, Tabby:

Now, before you start feeling too sorry for Tabby, please understand that her relationship with Luna is complicated. They coexist peacefully most of the time, until one of them cannot stand the quiet another moment. When that happens, the antsy party intentionally aggravates the other. Sometimes it is Luna batting at Tabby’s tail; sometimes it is Tabby swatting at Luna and giving a hiss. In either case, the result is the same. Luna takes off with Tabby in hot pursuit.

Luna is young and able to jump to high places where the older Tabby cannot. One of those is the kitchen counter.  When Luna was younger, I made the mistake of allowing her to take refuge on the counter. After all, she was a baby in fear of having the snot kicked out of her. The problem is, the kitchen counter soon became more than her refuge. It became her Kitty Kingdom.  I spent most of my kitchen time tossing her off. For every fifty times I picked her up and set her on the floor there is an equal number of times that she jumped right back up again.

Even if you love cats, the joke that everything tastes a little better with cat hair in it is only true on a tee-shirt.  The reality is, we like our food served fur free.

And so it was that after the whirlwind of Thanksgiving cooking I put my foot down. No more Luna on the counter.  Now the problem was how to train a young, smart, stubborn, and incredibly persistent cat to stay off.

That’s where Ssscat comes in. Here’s the product description from Amazon:

“Train your cat to stay away from restricted areas, such as the fishbowl or the kitchen counter. The SSSCAT Cat Training Aid uses a patented motion detector that senses when your cat is approaching an area she’s supposed to stay away from and releases a brisk spray. The scentless, stainless, harmless, painless spray startles the cat, training her to avoid that area from now on. You can adjust the angles of detection and spray direction. Good for indoor and outdoor use. Repels cats from up to 3 feet. Requires no training. Leaves no residue. Completely safe for all cats, humans, and the environment. Includes adjustable SSSCAT motion detector, can of harmless HFC134a gas, and user guide. Uses 4 AAA batteries (sold separately).”

Ssscat is awesome. We just turn it on, and it is a silent patroller of the countertops. Luna jumps up, the motion detector senses her adorable fluffiness, and—SSSHHH!—the air blows out with the loud sound of an aerosol.  Twice was all it took, and Luna stayed off the counter for days. She ventured back up there a couple times when the Ssscat was turned off, but all it took was a Ssscat refill and we were back in business. My counters are cat free. Best of all, the device doesn’t harm the kitty in any way; she just really hates the noise and blowing air.

Luna still plays her rousing rounds of chase-and-fight with Tabby, but those incidences are becoming less and less. Our hope is that when Luna is older those feline fights will end altogether. In the meantime, Ssscat has my vote as one of the most effective (and safe) cat deterrents ever.

So now you know the naked truth about Ssscat. You also know the naked truth about the domestic battles that occur in my otherwise happy household.  The fur flies, but not into our casseroles.

See you next for Book Blurb Friday!


15 Responses to "Ssscat!"

  1. Comment by SparkleFarkle
    December 7, 2011 at 6:49 am  

    Your kit-kats: what an adorable duo –that little Luna, I could just eat her up! (Kinda sounds like you almost did just that at Thanksgiving!) Last October, a teensy kitty, who my daughter, Puppet, named Marshmallow, came to take over– I-I mean "live with us." A few days after reprimanding her with a water-mist bottle, we noticed a small hand gun in her purse, that wasn't there the day before. After we immediately garbaged the spray bottle, the gun disappear. We never had actual words about the incident. Marshmallow and the rest of the now-cutting-her-more-slack family seem to be doing well. That's not to say, "Good luck with the Ssscat"!

  2. Comment by Sioux Roslawski
    December 7, 2011 at 6:52 am  

    I am going to pass your recommendation along to my daughter. They have an older cat, and recently got a kitten. I think they named it "Get Down, Kitty" as he is also a domestic terrorist.Hey, maybe you could get Luna and Tabby to hang around with Pearl's cats ( If they took up with her two felines, cat fights would be the least of your worries. A weekend in Minneapolis, and they'd be borrowing your car and having all-night jam sessions.

  3. Comment by BECKY
    December 7, 2011 at 7:44 am  

    Cats and kitties and countertops, Oh My! I never heard of Ssscat, but I don't any any felines, either! I'm glad it worked and hope it continues!!

  4. Comment by Sarah
    December 7, 2011 at 7:47 am  

    I am not a cat person, but if I were, this would be a necessity. The idea of paws that have recently been in a litter box treading on my countertop is … unpalatable.

  5. Comment by Kim
    December 7, 2011 at 8:11 am  

    We don't have much of a problem with our cat on the counters. She's too busy plotting how to kill me and is spending too much time trying to escape the house, breaking window blinds, tearing up the furniture and puking on the carpet. Her latest escape attempt ended with a night on the roof – her third 'vacation' in the penthouse. I wish she'd learn how to jump onto the deck – about as far as from the top of the refrigerator, but she doesn't see it that way.

  6. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    December 7, 2011 at 8:41 am  

    Lisa, your post brought back such fond memories of my late beloved cat. Funny, how time softens the attack-cat's actions. He was bi-polar,a snuggle bunny one minute and an arm biter the next. Maybe he was senile by then, and for sure my arm could be mistaken for a threatening wild thing.

  7. Comment by Tammy
    December 7, 2011 at 9:26 am  

    As far as I'm concerned, you're a master of pet solutions. The Prozac you briefly mentioned as helping Tabby helped my dog through his old-dog-anxiety issues. May your pet household remain mellow and harmonious!

  8. Comment by irishoma
    December 7, 2011 at 9:51 am  

    Sounds like a great solution.

  9. Comment by Laraine Eddington
    December 7, 2011 at 10:18 am  

    Ssscat? Wow, someone is a genius. You sound like an excellent cat referee/counselor

  10. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    December 7, 2011 at 11:48 am  

    Great story. I sure wish that I would have known about that when we had that bad kitty a few years back. Both of your kitties are so cute!

  11. Comment by jabblog
    December 8, 2011 at 9:40 am  

    Sssssscat sounds like Pet Corrector which I use to startle the dogs if they're getting uppity with each other. It's a can of compressed air, basically, which emits a sharp Sssss. Very effective but not a remote device like yours.

  12. Comment by Lynn
    December 8, 2011 at 4:34 pm  

    I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to get some Sssscat! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    December 8, 2011 at 4:35 pm  

    You gotta quit putting these great stories on your blog–your counter-solution has (cat)best-seller written all over it! 🙂

  14. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    December 8, 2011 at 7:40 pm  

    Yep, I second what Cath said. This is a great story! I love the name "Luna-tic". Both your kittys are so pretty, too. Now I need a Ssscat for dogs!

  15. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    December 9, 2011 at 2:19 pm  

    Thanks for your comments! The Ssscat actually does work for dogs, as well. Our yellow Lab isn't really fazed by it, but our black Lab skitters away whenever it blasts. Thanks again for commenting! I appreciate your time and input. 🙂

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