Common With Behavior Issues And Solutions
Those kittens! It can be difficult to break bad habits, but there are a few ways you can correct your cat’s naughty conduct.
Each cat is an individual with their own personality and quirks, yet some cats will exhibit unpleasant behaviors that need to be addressed. It’s important to know how to deal with a challenging cat who is acting out and how to resolve the situation so that your cat will understand what you want. This will solve the behavioral problems and produce the most efficient training.
Here are some of the most frequent cat behavior issues that pet owners deal with, along with suggestions on how to deal with them before they get worse.
A scratching post is anything that a paw can grab
The last thing you want is to bring a cat into your home who will destroy all of your carpeting, drapes, and furniture. Cats, on the other hand, have a natural drive to scratch to preserve the health of their claws, mark their territory, play, and release pent-up energy. You can train your pet to just scratch in the designated areas rather than stopping this behavior or, even worse, declawing your cat.
Purchase many different scratching posts and place them in the areas of your home where your cat usually scratches. Add some catnip to the posts if you want to attract your cat to the area and get him to spend more time scratching the post than your furniture.
The exquisite texture of the scratching post will immediately catch his attention, and he will prefer it over the texture of your furniture.
Purchase several scratching posts in different positions, such as horizontal and upright ones. Others would rather stay firmly on the ground and make a vertical or slightly angled scratching. Some cats like to stretch up and stand on their hind legs to scratch a vertical pole. Try a few different options while keeping a watch on your cat to discover which would be the best option. Additionally, keep in mind to periodically trim your cat’s claws to prevent injury to your furniture and self-inflicted scratches.
Cats should be peaceful, cuddly creatures rather than angry little beasts. You can locate the problem and resolve it if you are aware of the reasons behind your cat’s aggressive behavior.
First, have your pet examined by a veterinarian because discomfort and health issues can create aggressive and defensive behaviors. If your cat has never been spayed or neutered, have your veterinarian do it since it typically resolves behavioral difficulties, especially in males.
If you have numerous cats in the house and they are aggressive against one another, make sure each cat has plenty of space to call their own, has their own litter box, food and water bowls, and receives plenty of playtime and attention from you.
Consult a cat behaviorist who can determine the root of the problem if all else fails.
Not using the litter box
Cats who are in good health and are housebroken will begin using the litter box immediately away. To rule out any uncomfortable or serious health conditions, like as diabetes or urinary tract infections, that may be the cause of this habit, you should have your cat examined by a veterinarian if he or she is using the litter box a lot.
Never reprimand your cat for using the restroom outside of the designated area; doing so will not solve the issue and will just make him afraid of you. He won’t understand why he’s being punished because cats typically don’t respond to punishments (they respond much better to positive reinforcement).
To rule out the idea that the issues with the litter box are actually your fault, make sure the litter package is odor- and odor-free. Keep the litter box itself and the litter both clean on a regular basis. Because a cat’s sense of smell is so much more sensitive than yours, even a box that appears clean to you may be offensive to the cat. Purchase litter boxes that are neither too small or too large and are simple to maintain.
If you have multiple cats, purchase a litter box for each one. Each cat will have a sanitary place to discharge itself, which will put an end to any privacy or territory problems.