Cat Training Tips: How to Stop Your Cat’s Bad Behavior

February 26, 2011 by admin  
Filed under Cat Training Tips

Is your cat’s bad behavior driving you up the wall? Lots of people are under the impression that felines are independent to be trained. This is not true. Any animal can be trained. You need to condition its reactions in a consistent and predictable manner. Animal behaviorists call this Pavlovian Conditioning. Although the most famous of the experiments revolved around canines, subsequent scientists have successfully shown this effect even in human infants. In other words, this effect is the basis of all successful animal training methods, from canines to rats to lions.

Now, conditioning and punishment do not mean the same thing. You do not need to hurt your cat when it misbehaves, you need to clearly demonstrate that its behavior is unacceptable. So, how do you do that? All you need are a lot of spray water bottles filled with cold water, placed in convenient locations around your house. Anytime you see your cat doing something wrong, you immediately spray its body with cold water. This process gets your felines attention and annoys it but does not hurt it. You are not punishing your cat. You are interrupting it in the middle of its misbehavior. Do this consistently and immediately and you will eventually break your cat of its bad habits. An obvious limitation of this process is that in the event you are not around when kitty misbehaves, it won’t work.

Here is a process of deterrence which works even when you are not at home. If your cat eats or scratches your houseplants, you can try putting mothballs in them. Felines are sensitive to the strong smell, and this will keep your cat away from your plants. You can also use the same trick to keep your cat from urinating and defecating in inappropriate locations.

Try these tips for stopping your cat’s bad behavior. You do not must be cruel and punish kitty. take some suitable preventative measures to interrupt or prevent its bad behavior. Be consistent, be firm and patient in keeping the bad behavior from turning in to bad habits.

Another problem which you may face as a cat owner is having your cat scratch your furniture or carpet. First, you need to know that your cat is only doing what comes naturally and you ought to not stop it from scratching. The scratching is meant to maintain its claws in nice condition and also to stretch and tone its muscles. In the event you punish it for scratching, you will confuse it and this will lead to further bad behavior. What you require to do is minimize the damage it can do. trim its claws. In the event you have no idea how, get a veterinarian to trim them for you. Ask your vet to teach you. You also require to redirect your cat’s attention from your carpet or furniture to another target. If your cat likes to scratch vertical surfaces, then get it a vertical scratching post. Ditto for horizontal surfaces.

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