How To Curb Those Naughty But Natural Behaviours

All cat’s behaviour problems can be solved, some are rooted so deep in a cat’s instincts though that the problem can’t be stopped completely, but the kitty can instead be given an appropriate outlet to be able to act on their instincts. Here are those deeply rooted natural behaviour and how to curb them:

Scratching furniture, walls, and doors: Scratching is how cats leave visual and scent markers to define their territory. Scratching also helps them stretch all of their muscles and sheath their outer claws. While scratching isn’t something you can stop your cat from doing, you can make it so she only scratches what you want her to scratch. You do this by putting sturdy scratchers beside the object that you don’t want her to scratch and praise her with treats every time she uses the appropriate scratcher. Also pay attention to what your cat scratches to see if she is a vertical or horizontal scratcher. If she scratches carpet, she’s a horizontal scratcher, if she scratches the sides of your couches, she is a vertical scratcher, cater to that.

Jumping onto “forbidden” areas: Cats are both predator and prey so being up high lets them observe their territory for food and dangers, that’s why you will often have a problem with your cat being on counter tops, tables, and appliances. Just like scratching, you need to give her appropriate high places to perch on like cat trees, shelving, or even just a tall stool, and praise her when she uses them.

Nocturnal activity: Cats are often mistaken as being nocturnal even though they are actually crepuscular (they are most active at dawn and dusk). If you don’t give your cat enough mental stimulation and exercise throughout the day before you go to bed, she will be up all night filled with all of the energy she didn’t get to burn off. To prevent nocturnal activity,give your kitty enough mental and physical stimulation during the day by providing her with a window for some cat TV, solo toys, puzzle feeders, and play with her at least 15 mins a day, especially before bedtime.

Escaping/bolting: Any cat that is not neutered or spayed will try to escape, so always fix your cat. Some other reasons a cat would want to bolt out the front door could be lack of routine, feeling unsafe or stressed, or not getting enough mental stimulation indoors. The goal in this case is to make your cat want to be inside, you do this by providing her with cat TV,solo toys, and by having a strict feeding and interactive play routine. You can also bring the outdoors in by growing catnip and cat grass, or bring the indoors cat out safely with leash walking, a catio, or an enclosed yard with a fence that she can’t get over.

Being a pet owner isn’t easy, but making sure they live their best life is your ultimate goal. There are many ways to not have to sacrifice too much of your own homes to integrate everything they need in to it. It is all worth it in the long run for the animals we love so dearly.

Spray Bottle Blues

It breaks my heart knowing that many people still use spray bottles to punish their kitties when they’re breaking the rules. Spraying your cat with water every time she does something naughty only does two things; it teaches her that she can still do what she wants as long as you and the spray bottle aren’t around, and it also ruins the relationship between the two of you because she will begin to see you as a threat rather than a friend.

Spraying your cat is a horrible, bond breaking, fear inducing, and all around cruel technique. There are so many other methods that can be used to fix a bad behaviour that are 100% more effective than punishment. Praising your kitty for doing what is right with treats and pets, blocking her from being able to be naughty, giving her lots of mental stimulation, and playing with her daily are just a few behaviour modifiers that actually work all in tandem with each other by being fair, kind, and rewarding to all of her kitty needs.