Shock Collar for Cat, or Better Suggestion?
I've finally gotten desperate. A cat adopted me last December. He appeared here and I kept chasing him off. He was chubby, friendly, I could tell he was a neutered male, so figured he had another home somewhere. Then we got a 12-inch snowfall and I didn't have the heart to send him on, and he's been here ever since. He's young, my vet estimates 2 years, and he's totally changed the dynamic of my home.
He chases my other cats, all females. Two are strong-willed and stand up to him, so he now leaves them alone. But two are ex-ferals, and are terrified of him, so he literally stalks them. They've gone from being outgoing, happy, and trouble-makers to living under furniture. They haven't slept on my bed since he arrived, they sleep on the floor under it because they're so terrified of him. I live in the woods, so I have a cat door and everyone comes and goes as they please. These two girls used to live outdoors, climbing trees and playing, and now they never set foot outside.
I've tried yelling, spanking, banning him from coming inside, and one time I got so mad that I locked him in a cat carrier and left him in a dark garage for nine hours.
I've put him on Craigslist three different times trying to find another home for him, but have gotten no responses. The only next step I see is to take him to a shelter, but I know that would mean euthanasia eventually. I like this guy and would like to keep him, but his time is finally running out with me.
Then I thought about trying an electric shock collar as a last resort. I know that's radical, but I'm out of ideas, and I'm ready for my household to become peaceful and happy again.
So I would like opinions on this, or other suggestions. I'm open to anything, but after nine months and absolutely no improvements in the situation I just want this situation to end.