Cats are sweet and adorable little things, but they seem to have the power to turn your house upside down. You arrive home one day and find that your antique tabletop has turned into a kitty scratching pad, your expensive carpet into a litter box, and your favorite vase into bits of shattered glass. You may soon find yourself in a fit of rage because it seems that your cat is too stubborn to learn how to behave properly.
The following are simple and practical ways to handle your cat’s behavior and make life less stressful for you and Fluffy.
Avoid disturbing or surprising your cat
Some cat behavioral problems are caused by the cat owner’s actions or those of any member of the household. Resist the urge to disturb your cat while she sleeps—cats don’t like surprises. Also, tell young kids at home not to take away the food bowl while the cat eats.
Don’t resort to punishments
Punishing your cat for every wrong deed will only develop fear in her. Instead, use a reward-based system to control cat behavioral problems. If your cat has done something correctly like using the litter box, you can give a pat on her head or feed her some cat snacks.
Invest in high-quality litter and litter box
That way, Fluffy won’t eliminate waste at any spot in the house. Also, make sure that the litter box is kept clean at all times.
Visit the veterinarian regularly
Your cat could be misbehaving because she is ill or feeling pain in certain parts of the body. The vet can help you determine the root cause and right treatment of your cat’s behavioral issues.
Cat behavioral problems can be controlled through correct cat training techniques. It takes time and patience to teach your feline friend to behave, but it is possible.