So instead of trying to train a cat by punishing him for engaging in normal behaviors, let’s try a better idea.
Think Like a Cat
Figure out why the cat exhibits a particular behavior so you can provide a better option. If your cat is scratching the furniture then it probably means you either don’t have a scratching post or it’s the wrong kind. If your cat is getting aggressive with another companion animal, then it’s time to do some behavior modification work to help them develop a positive association with each other. Squirting the cat with water when he’s reacting to another cat will do nothing to help them ever form a peaceful relationship.
When training your cat, one of the most important tools is trust. Your cat needs to be able to trust you in order to form that important bond. The last thing you want is for your cat to run from you out of fear. So it’s time to put that squirt bottle away and use a more humane and productive training method. Think like a cat and look at your environment from your cat’s point of view and you’ll be surprised at how much more effective your training techniques will become.
For more information on cat behavior and training, refer to the articles on our website and the best-selling books by Pam Johnson-Bennett. If you have a question about your cat’s behavior or health, contact your veterinarian. This article is not intended as a medical diagnosis nor is it a replacement for your cat’s regular veterinary care. This article is for general information purposes only.