Preventing Poor Behavior

Felines are known for their potential to be feisty, especially in their younger years. To help curb this there are a few key things to keep in mind.

First and foremost, cats are easier to train when they’re younger. If possible try the following tips when the cat is as young as possible. These can still apply with older cats, but they’re likely to be more stubborn, and could take longer.

For biting and scratching, always redirect your cat or kitten. Even if they’re not being aggressive but you let them climb your pant legs, paw at your hands or even nibble on them, it will teach them that touching you in this way is okay. If this happens, redirect them with a toy, or begin training them to use a scratch board or scratching post (This will also save your furniture in the long run).

While you may not be able to keep an eye on your cat at all times, if you don’t want them jumping or walking on certain surfaces (like the kitchen counter, or dining room table) make sure to move them as often as possible off of that surface, and back onto the floor. There are also sprays that you can get which will help repel your feline from certain areas, which can help.

Cats who spray (which is usually, but is not limited to young male cats) do this to mark their territory. If you alter a cat early this can help. However it can also help to lessen the stress in the household. Stress can be a trigger for this, especially in homes with multiple cats. Try removing the source of the stress, make sure your cat has enough exercise and try to find a place that your cat can retreat to that is their own. Finally, if your cat’s spraying is completely out of character, you may want to bring them to a vet to check for a urinary tract infection, which can occasionally be the case.

Resources on cat problems:

http://animals.howstuffworks.com/pets/how-to-solve-cat-behavior-problems.htm

http://animals.howstuffworks.com/pets/how-to-solve-cat-behavior-problems10.htm
http://animals.howstuffworks.com/pets/how-to-solve-cat-behavior-problems3.htm

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