However, with the right methods and lots of patience, training your cat to become a more well-behaved member of your household is not impossible.

One thing you just have to remember while training your cat is to make the preferred behavior pleasurable. Use positive reinforcement as much as possible. Punishments, like swatting, slapping, or yelling, will not only put unnecessary stress on your cat but will also make it mistrust you. When a cat feels threatened, it might exhibit more negative habits that will be harder to correct later on.

With that, let’s run through five of the most common behavior issues of cats and the tips on how to address them.

Avoiding the Litter Box

Bring her to the litter box during moments when she is likely to relieve herself. This could be first thing in the morning upon waking up or after meals. Cats like to do their business in private so place the box in a quiet corner and leave the area. Give her some small treats afterward to let her know that what she did was correct. Regularly clean the litter box as your cat will likely stop using it if it becomes too dirty or wet.

Scratching

Scratching is a natural behavior in cats. They do it to release stress, mark their territory, and clean their claws. While it is impossible to eradicate this behavior, you can re-direct this urge away from your furniture and carpets. The first thing you have to do is to buy a scratch post for your cat. You can also build your own with rope and felt cloth that is ideal for clawing. If she insists on clawing the furniture, you may reprimand her by tapping loudly on a nearby object. Reward her with a treat if you see her use the scratching post.

Aggressive Play

Sometimes a cat can get carried away while playing and may begin to bite or scratch you more fiercely. Learn to control this behavior by using toys to play with her instead of your hands or feet. The moment she starts swiping at you, immediately stop playing with her and walk away. This will signal to her that play time ends once she starts attacking you.

Excessive Meowing

The best way to control this behavior is to ignore it. Wait until your cat quiets down for a few minutes before approaching her. At the same time, dedicate a few hours every day for play time to use up her stored energy and tire her out.

Counter-Surfing

Provide an acceptable area for jumping and climbing. You may invest in kitty furniture like “cat trees” or “cat shelves” as her official play area. If you catch her counter-surfing, you can say “no” forcefully while clapping your hand loudly to let her know that it’s not okay. Give her treats if she uses the proper area for climbing.

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