Teaching the Cat

Our young daughter had adopted a stray cat.  To my distress, he began to use the back of our new sofa as a scratching post.  "Don't worry," my  husband assured me, "I'll have him trained in no time."

I watched for several days as my husband patiently "trained" our new pet.  Whenever the cat scratched, my husband deposited him outdoors to teach him a lesson.

The cat learned quickly.  For the next 16 years, whenever he wanted to go outside, he scratched the back of the sofa.