Know Who Your Cat Really Is

May 20, 2009

in Cats

There is more to cats than the cuddly and lovable pets who purr on one corner of the house. At times, they can be a menace to housekeeping too. Scratches in furniture, broken ornaments, and ruined stockings are just a few things that misbehaving cats can do.

There is an explanation for cats being naughty. And if they are aware of why cats do this, people who have cats will be able to manage their pets’ behavior. Here are some issues about cats that make them misbehave combined with suggestions for making them act better.

Cats misbehave when they are bored. Cats that don’t have much to do have no choice but to do obnoxious things. They may be looking for attention, or they just needed something to do to spend their energy.

Regardless of the situation, problems can be alleviated if you just set aside some time to play with your cat. But you should not play with your cat right after he/she has misbehaved, as this will send the wrong message and reinforce the unwanted behavior.

Cats are naturally nocturnal animals. Cats are more active during nighttime. They can do more exciting activities by that time. With this in mind, make your cat busy in the morning. By doing this, the cat will be too exhausted to do things when it is time for his owners to sleep.

Cats misbehave when they are sexually-driven. Expect misbehavior when cats feel that it is time to mate. Expect a lot of misbehavior for cats who are confined inside their homes when it happens! Surgical procedures can be done to prevent misbehaviors caused by sexual urges. Female cats can undergo spaying; male cats can undergo neutering.

While owners often get angry when their cats misbehave, their pets may not understand their owners’ reactions. This is a result of pet owners’ failure to get their point across to their pets. Cats may misinterpret a reprimand as an offer to play.

When disciplining your pet, you must make it clear that this is a punishment and not a reward. Cats enjoy rewards, but hate punishment. If your cat misbehaves, do not give it a lot of attention. Withholding of attention can be used as a punishment so that the cat realizes that certain behaviors make you unhappy.

Cats enjoy playing with certain things in the house. There are things that cats love. It may be a curtain, or a pillow. The good thing is they hate certain smells too. Spray unpleasant smells on those things to keep cats away. By knowing why pets misbehave owners have more chances to correct these bad habits!

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