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Common Mistakes Made by New Cat Parents

 

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12. Failure to Prepare Your Cat for Changes

Whether it’s a move to a new house, a pregnancy, adding another pet, or renovation, it can be very scary for your cat to suddenly find herself in an unfamiliar situation. Take the time to ease your cat through changes. For example, if you’re expecting a baby, take time now to help your cat adjust to the changes taking place in the household. If you’re adding to the cat household, do a gradual, positive introduction. Don’t shock the cats by tossing them in together with the expectation that they’ll “work it out.”

13. Punishing Your Cat for Unwanted Behavior

Cats don’t misbehave out of spite. If you think your cat is doing something wrong in a deliberate attempt to make you mad you are mistaken. Animals exhibit behaviors that serve a purpose. They’re trying to solve a problem in the best way they know how. If you punish your cat by hitting, yelling, rubbing her nose in her mess, putting her in time-out, or any other method you may think of, all you’ll succeed in doing is to make her afraid of you. Take the time to figure out the true cause of the cat’s behavior and what is the cat getting from the behavior. You have an obligation to provide for your cat’s needs so she can engage in normal, natural behavior. If she’s scratching the furniture, it probably means the scratching post available isn’t appealing. If she’s peeing on the carpet, it’s not because she’s mad at you — it may be because there’s an underlying medical problem or maybe the litter box is too dirty or not the right set-up. If she bites people, maybe there was no training done or maybe the person approaching is making her feel threatened and trapped. There’s always a reason for the behavior and it’s important for you to look at it from your cat’s point of it. In other words: think like a cat!  By doing that you can create an option that will work for both of you. Punishment is inhumane and counter-productive.

2 comments

  1. I love this post. I had a cat for eleven years and she was a joy to be around. I had tons of hanging toys for her to play with, scratch posts to scratch and balls to chase.

    She was shy around strangers but when they started shaking her toys she would be right there with all her love.

    I also knew her signs of “That’s enough mama time to relax.” The swishing tail, ears back or eyes narrowed.

    I received a lot of joy from my days with her and she was well looked after. When I found her the vet told me don’t expect a long time, two years at most but she out did them and made it 11 great healthy years with the proper care.

    When you get a cat you need the same attitude as getting a dog and understand there is work and training involved as you would a dog.

  2. Outdoor cats are also more than decimating our song birds.

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