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Expert Testimonials


The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies
"...if positive conditioners cannot be applied, [the Scat Mat] would be preferred to other negative procedures which have a greater opportunity for pain and suffering to the animals involved."

James H. Bandow, Executive Director
 


Canadian Council on Animal Care
"... I see it's greatest value in saving the lives of many cats whose owners are unwilling to accept unacceptable behavior, e.g. spraying or scratching, and therefore turn to the shelter, pound or veterinarian to destroy the animal.

Harry C. Rowsell, OC, DVM, Ph.D.
Executive Director
 


Animal Behavior Consultants Inc.
"I have used the Scat Mat for many cases in which the goal was to keep the pet dog or cat away from an area. These cases have involved a variety of behaviors including: urinating or defecating on particular spots, scratching certain pieces of furniture, jumping onto counters, tables, sofas, etc. spraying or urine marking on particular spots, resting or sleeping in certain areas, barking, whining or meowing/howling - by keeping pet away from doors or windows.

The Scat Mat is effective because it is based on well researched principles of avoidance learning. The electrical stimulation can be adjusted to be startling enough to make the animal reflexively jump off of the Mat, and thus very quickly learn to avoid that spot in the future. The "spot", rather than the Mat itself, usually becomes the salient cue for avoidance. Since the level of electrical stimulation never becomes very high, and the animal learns within a few trials, there is no issue of 'cruelty'. I recommend the Scat Mat frequently and find that most owners are delighted with the results.

Peter L. Borchelt, Ph.D.
 


Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
"In our view it would be acceptable "negative reinforcement" if positive reinforcement doesn't work in a particular situation.

Ernest D. Olfert
Chairman, Humane Practices Committee
 


American Veterinary Society for Animal Behavior
"...The only time that punishment is either appropriate or effective is while the pet is 'in the act"


 


Mark Twain
"A cat that has sat on a hot stove lid will never again sit on a hot stove lid, or a cold stove lid."

(sic) Mark Twain