How to Solve Cat Behavior Problems

How to Solve Cat Behavior Problems. Avoid using physical or verbal punishments. These are some of the least effective ways to correct a cat's misbehavior. What's more, hitting or yelling at you can make you more fearful when you're around, less willing to play with other people, and show more aggressive behaviors, such as scratching and biting. In the end, it is very likely that your cat will continue to behave badly when you are not around since he knows that he will not receive any punishment if you do not see him.

Physical or verbal punishments are often ineffective. They only provide a short-term solution to your cat's problems and will not prevent him from behaving badly. Instead, it will create a more stressful environment for you and your cat. Although it may be hard not to yell or hit your cat when it does something bad, like marking a piece of furniture with urine or doing your needs on the carpet, it is important that, as the owner, take a deep breath and try to use a more effective correction technique.

Use remote correction. This technique is to create an association between a texture, smell, taste or unpleasant sound and specific misconduct to prevent your cat from showing it again. You can use household items to implement remote correction. For example:

Texture: You can place an adhesive paper, aluminum foil or a heavy plastic aisle rug in places where you do not want your cat to be. In general, cats do not like to walk on these textures.

Smell: you can use smells that tend to displease cats in areas you do not want to enter. For example, place a cloth or cotton balls soaked with citronella, perfume, air freshener, citrus, aloe, eucalyptus oil and wintergreen oil on objects or surfaces.

Taste: you can rub certain foods on surfaces that your cat likes to chew or scratch, such as sour apple spray, citrus, hot sauces, red pepper or aloe gel. Over time, your cat will associate the bad taste with the object or surface and will not come close.

Sound: using sounds that scare your cat can prevent it from behaving badly or climbing on any surface. You could blow a whistle, ring a bell or shake a can with coins inside. Try to use the sound instead of your voice to scare the moment you go to do something that you consider a bad behavior and finally associate the behavior with a negative sound.

Ignore your cat when he misbehaves during a game session. If you notice that your cat begins to act violently or aggressively during a game session, you can try to correct their behavior by denying your attention. To do so, go to another room and close the door. Wait until it calms down before you touch it or call it. This will teach you that your misbehavior during the play sessions affects you and will prevent you from behaving badly again.

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