Break Your Catís Bad Habits
A cat is always just a cat. A nice being that sometimes can scratch, bite or meow at nights asking to get to your bed and tear sofa upholstery. For your cat not to become a burden, it's necessary to make a logical compromise between a cat's natural behavior and your own peace of mind. The best way of struggling with bad habits is preventive measures. But even if the habit has already struck roots, you can try to correct it.
Problem 1. An animal marks the territory.
This is a usual behavior of males in nature. But even if your tomcat is absolutely domestic, he nevertheless can leave stinking marks on carpets or furniture. Usually, there are some serious reasons for your cat’s behavior: an appearance of a new animal in your family, stresses in your cat’s environment or even the appearance of a neighbor cat in the field of view. Besides marking the territory, the cat is trying to attract a female. Think whether your cat has a good life. Perhaps, he attracts your attention because he's embittered, lonely or unhappy. Perhaps, he's afraid of someone in your family. Cats don't like people they're afraid of. That's why they mark the territory right before these people. Try to show more love and concern for your animal.
Usually marking the territory is stopped after a cat's castration. If your cat has a favorite place where he marks the territory regularly, put his bowl near this place. Cats don't mark the territory in a place where they eat. Don't use cleaners containing ammonium. Ammonium is one of the components of cat's urine and the likeness of smells can attract your cat on the same place. It's better to sprinkle vinegar near the “favorite” territory.
Problem 2. A cat doesn't want to go to its toilet.
The reason can be medical: your cat can have problems with its urinary bladder. If your cat is healthy, then probably it doesn't like something in the tub or in the place where the tub stands.
Consult with a vet to exclude possible problems with health. And prepare a good tub for your cat. It should be clean, with good absorbent: either with sand or with special stuff. There shouldn't be too much or too little sand. Always keep the tub clean.
Problem 3. A cat scratches and/or bites.
Scratching and biting are normal for cats in wild nature. In this way, they hunt and catch their prey and in the same way they protect themselves from predators. It's clear that it's impossible to break this habit completely. And this isn't necessary. But if your cat is too aggressive, it's necessary to at least to try to correct its behavior. Background of such behavior is in childhood when the kitten doesn't know the word “No!” What to do? Take the kitten in your hands more often. Remember, the cat's belligerence is often determined by fear. Sometimes sick or old animals show aggression. If your cat is healthy and vaccinated, you will not need special treatment of scratches and bites, but still it will be better to treat damaged skin with antibiotics to prevent possible inflammation.
The cat should spend enough time playing. Play with your animal more often and use its favorite toys.
Even playing, don't allow your cat to scratch or bite your naked arms or legs. If your cat shows its claws, just stop the play and say: “No.” Don't keep the cat in your hands if it doesn't want to. Cats aren't always in a good mood and don't always want to play or to be caressed. Respect its right to have its private space.
Problem 4. A cat begs for food.
Your cat doesn't like its own food, but when you sit down to the table to have dinner, it sits near and starts asking for food looking with beseeching eyes and meowing. The majority of cat owners are guilty in such a behavior of cats. If you give food from the table at least once to your cat, it will understand it like your permission to beg.
If you let your cat have food from the table from time to time, stop it once and for all. Make your heart stronger. If you have a kitten, then feed it according to schedule. You can even give him voice signals or ring a small bell, but never throw food to him from your table. Before sitting at a table, put some food into the cat's bowl. It's also good to feed your cat in another room.
Problem 5. A cat jumps on furniture.
Cats constantly jump on tables, kitchen sinks, bedside tables and everywhere else. This happens because they like looking around from high positions. And because their paws aren't always clean, it's better to break this habit.
Choose several places where your cat is prohibited to jump: a kitchen table, a dining room table, a bookshelf and so on. If the cat jumps on the forbidden lace, take it away at once and strictly say “No!”
You can also block off forbidden surfaces so there is no space left for the cat. You can also try to make “snares”: put chairs on the table with legs upwards, and then put some books, a box, or a can so that under the smallest touch they fall down right on the cat. Or temporarily stick on the surface of the table Scotch tape with both sides sticky.
Cats can't stand sticky surfaces and later on, they won't jump on this place.
Problem 6. A cat sharpens claws against furniture.
Usually, cat family representatives try to tear everything, but especially they like sofa edges and other upholstered furniture. Be patient: your cat won't understand at once that it's prohibited to tear everything without distinction. But you won't be able to break this habit, so it's your turn to make a compromise.
It's possible to cut claws periodically but only a professional can do it.
In your home, there should be something what your cat can tear, for example, a board or a small column for scratching. The surface of it should be wooden, plywood or made of cloth depending on your cat's preference. Fix the board horizontally or vertically, but keep in mind that the board should be stable and well fixed otherwise the cat will refuse to sharpen its claws against it. The scratching board shouldn't have any specific smells and it shouldn’t make sounds when the cat is scratching.
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