Cats aren’t like dogs when it comes to behaviour. Unlike man’s best friend, cats don’t need classes to develop good manners and if you’re consistent with the way you treat them and show them some affection they will generally be good to you.
However, often cats misbehave. The reasons for this are generally underlying and may be anxiety, stress or sickness. So, here’s how to deal with misbehaviour in cats.
Some cats can become quite aggressive and begin scratching, biting and acting up. The best way to deal with this is to be stern and to say ‘no’. Follow this up if they continue by leaving them alone and avoiding them. This will allow them time to think. Avoid petting the cat in areas of the body that trigger aggression and if they’re good treat them with affection. If the issue is due to them being injured bring them to a vet.
Cats should not be fed from the dinner table and you should ideally feed a cat before you eat. This will limit the chances of them begging. In fact, most cats like to sleep after they eat and this can work well as they will go for a snooze afterwards.
In addition, it’s a good idea to remove food items and put them away to prevent the inventive of jumping up. Placing food well away from the cats will help this. In addition, placing double sided sticky tape will prevent cats from reaching up as they hate the feel of it on their paws.
Cats like catching animals from the outdoors such as birds, mice and other little animals. The best way to stop this is to prevent it from happening and you should try and limit the number of animals around an area, so as to prohibit problems. Supervise the cat when outside and provide it with stimulation and it will be a lot less likely to have issues and you won’t need to use your pet insurance policy to care for it.
Cats that aren’t neutered tend to look for affection from other cats and are also a lot more likely to receive it. Spaying or neutering a cat will remove the issue to a large degree as the cat will be less likely to roam, less likely to look for attention and also less likely to get attention from other cats. Petting and affection from humans can also limit this issue and prevent it going elsewhere for attention.
Cats, like dogs tend to fight with other cats. Preventing cats from fighting is very important and can be done through neutering. Some cats fight with neighbourhood cats, others with cats in the home. If this happens remove the cats and separate them for a period. However, be aware not to do this with your hands as this could result in you becoming injured. Use a hose, or cover them in a jacket or blanket to break them up.
These tips will help your cat to behave and prevent some of the more common issues with the feline breed.