A lot of cat owners punish their cat with the a spray bottle, blowing on their nose or tapping their nose. grabbing them by their scruff or yell no. But does it really help?
Unable To Link
Cats are unable to link their behavior with the punishment. This is not because they don’t want to, but because they simply can’t do it. So why would you punish? On the other side it doesn’t take the reason away from their bad behavior, big chance the behavior will continue. Finding the issue and working on fixing that issue is the best way to do it.
Illness & Pain
Bad behavior can have many reason. Most of the time the reason of bad behavior is that the cat is in pain or is ill. Most owners don’t recognize it. Your cat is still eating, their coat looks good and the cat is still active and playing. Like nothing is going on. Cats are masters in hiding things. Your cat is not just being a pain in the butt, there is a reason why he’s doing that. Sometimes it’s just the lack of knowledge cat owners have.
That is when a sick cat in pain gets punished and not get medical help, sadly this happens too often. This doesn’t happen because people don’t care about their cat. They just don’t know. Cats don’t pee outside their litter box because they hate you. And often they get locked up in a bathroom, or some people will drag the cats nose through their own pee. Chance is big they have a medical issue going on, and they are in need of help from your vet.
Beside pain and illnesses a lot of bad behavior is because of natural needs they are born with, without the cat owner realizing this. What a cat makes a cat is mostly searching for prays and hunting, climbing, scratching and looking for high places together with eating a bit of food through out the day multiple times and have the same routine.
Because it’s difficult to teach your cat to get rid of those natural needs, it’s much better to give your cat the chance to develop those needs by adding scratching posts, create high places for your cat to nap on and to play with your cat several times a day. You can even make your cat work for their food.
If you’re not up to this, your will sooner or later show ‘bad’ behavior.
Fear & Stress
There are more various reasons your cat is showing bad behavior. Examples are: stress and fear. This can be caused by strange cats around the house which might result in spraying and peeing in the house, outside the litterbox. Fear can also result in peeing outside the box. Like this there are several other reasons. There’s no need to punish your cat, it’s a much better idea to get to the source of the bad behavior.
Not only has punishing your cat no use, big change the trouble is going to get worse. Because cats aren’t able to link their behavior with the punishment they will only continue to repeat what they are doing. Most of the time they will only break the ‘rules’ if their owner isn’t at home or isn’t watching. Sometimes the behavior of the cat becomes worse and happens more often.
On the other side your cat might break the ‘rules’ in front of the eyes of their owner. Simply because they see it as attention.
Cat: Oh, so if I scratch the couch, I will get attention!
Frustrated, that’s how a cat owner will probably feel when the cat keeps repeating such behavior. You keep punishing your cat, and your cat will keep doing it over and over again. That’s’ when the stress and anger-lever gets higher and higher, and less loving. Cats will feel the tension, and will react to it which will result in more bad behavior.
It’s important to get to the source of the bad behavior. I know from experience with Suki in the past. Why she was scratching the wallpaper off. We had tried so many things, spray bottle, sticky type, etc, etc. She merely wanted to play and more attention, she didn’t have any medical issues. The same when she peed on the bed a few times — no medical issues. We got it checked. Reason? Separation anxiety.
Popular punishments are:
- Spray bottle.
Sometimes the cat is put in a separate room and locked. This is not ignoring, it’s reacting.
- Tapping on the nose, blowing on te nose because the mother cat does it to her kittens as well.
Nonsense, mother cats don’t do this.
- Yelling No.
I admit, I do this, but they never listen to me anyway.
your cat might end of scared, or will see it as attention.
No need to explain this, right?
- Throwing stuff to your cats.
- spraying Deodorant on your cat.
I don’t even know why they would do this, but it’s even adviced to do by professionals.
- Don’t see bad behavior as a way to get revenge on you. But as a cry for help.
- Don’t response on his behavior. But go looking for the reason, this can with professional help.
- Go see your vet to find out if the bad behavior has a medical reason.
- Make sure you read more about cat behavior.
- Don’t follow advice that isn’t 100% cat friendly.
- Don’t try Prozac or Clomiclam.
- Take your cat away from the place he isn’t allowed to be.
- Place him gently on a place like his pillow he sleeps on.
- Don’t make eye contact when you take him away from a place he isn’t allowed to be in.
- Distract him with a toy or a game.
- Reward good behavior with attention.
- Don’t use your hands or feet to play with.
- Locking up your cat won’t help.
- Make sure he is able to be a cat. Make sure he can hunt, climb, scratch and play.
I will get deeper into this another time!
What do you do with your cat does something he’s not allowed to do? Does it work?
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