How to discipline your cat?

Of course, you love your cat. You really do. In any case, your textured companion certainly has a free streak and can be very feisty at times. You have to realize how to discipline a cat, yet you may not realize where to start. Adequately teaching a cat may take some trial and blunder. Much the same as all humans are extraordinary, so are all animals. While one may react emphatically to a certain style of rectifying bad cat behavior, others may dismiss your attempts and their behaviors may just deteriorate. Furthermore, there are a few strategies that you ought to absolutely not attempt while teaching a cat.

Actually it’s hard to realize how to discipline a cat in the event that you’ve never done it, or if your past cats appeared to learn the lay of the land completely all alone. To begin on the correct foot, it’s important to know the do’s and don’ts of how to discipline a cat in your home. When your little cat — or more established cat — understands what behavior is appropriate, there will be less requirement for revising bad behaviors. After all, cats are extremely smart.

Why Do Cats Act Out?

Cats can misbehave for a variety of reasons including; boredom, illness, distress, anxiety and of course to get your attention.

Whatever the reason, it’s important to have a clean slate when you want to start training your cat. As such it’s best to put aside any memories of bad behavior or past naughtiness.

Instead, focus on what you want to accomplish such as stopping biting, clawing of furniture or not using the litter tray.

Pro Tip: It’s also important to remember that your cat is not like a dog, they don’t do blind obedience. You also won’t be able to use the same training methods or get the same results. So, keep your expectations realistic.

How To Discipline A Cat

Down to the nitty-gritty of dealing with a naughty kitty. How do you discipline your cat, why should you do it, and how does it work?

close up cat in timeout
First, disciplining your cat does not mean you’re treating it unkindly, or that you don’t love your cat. It’s quite the opposite. Discipline helps keep kitty safe, it builds a bond of respect and love and reassures them with the security of the known.

So, how do you discourage bad behavior? Here are a few tips:

Is kitty attacking your feet or legs when you walk?
Where possible make a loud noise like clapping your hands or whistling to shoo her away as she attacks. Do this each time you’re walking, or if she strikes again.

If she’s persistent, try giving her a ‘time out’ in another room. A few minutes of being ignored usually works wonders.

Why is she doing this? She’s more than likely bored. You might want to schedule in some 1 on 1 time with her for some approved play behavior. Try a swinging toy for her to pat at, rather than you.

Kitty’s taken a dislike to someone new in your life, or is maybe a little too assertive?
Some cats need help adjusting to changes in their world. Ask for an article of unwashed clothing, something that has their scent on it, and place this near kitty’s food bowl, or bedding.

You can even try wearing it and cuddling kitty to get her used to the smell.

How To Discipline A Cat Chewing on cables, books, or even furniture.

This is usually another sign of boredom or needing a good chew on something to clean their teeth. Try coating cables in a topical solution of something cats find detestable; hot pepper, vinegar, or cheap cologne or perfume.

What can you do to help your cat? Buy some tasty nibbles that will give her something to chew, something crunchy and with square angles to aid in dental hygiene.

Is your cat clawing furniture etc?

A cat has to scratch; it’s how they maintain their claws. So, rather than have kitty sink her claws into your comfortable sofa, buy a feline scratching post! Look for posts with wither sisal rope, as these will last a long time. It’s a much better solution to declawing a cat.

When you’ve installed her new post, give it a few sprays of catnip to encourage her to inspect her new toy.

If she needs a demonstration, feel free to mimic what she should do, and encourage her to give it a try.

Pro Tip: Try not to buy posts with carpet, this can be confusing to kitty if you have carpet in your house.

Is kitty’s business being done outside the litter tray?
Causes for this are usually easily identified:

Kitty doesn’t like your choice of litter, crystals can have sharp edges which can be uncomfortable for some cats, equally, others dislike clay as it sticks to their paws.

Some cats don’t like the texture or smell of other litters. It’s a matter of trial and error until you the best cat litter you can both agree on.

If kitty is a rescue cat, she might also not have been trained on how to use it. So, you’ll have to show her what’s right and what’s wrong.

This is easy to do, just follow these steps:

Keep an eye on your cat when it heads towards the litter box.
When she squats outside don’t freak out! Just speak kindly to her and scoop her up.
Place her in the litter tray, praising her as you place her down.
Cats can easily get urinary tract infections, making pooping/peeing difficult and/or painful. Over time they begin to associate this discomfort with the litter tray and avoid it.

They still try to do the right thing and such, they’ll go near the box but just outside of it. Can’t blame them for not trying.

Ignore Bad Behavior
When training, the last thing we want to do is over-react to her making a mistake. Any form of negativity could do damage to the relationship, and be difficult for her to overcome.

I’ve found it’s better to ignore minor indiscretions, they’re not worth the hassle. Just make shooing noises if she’s doing something naughty, this will stop her, and then praise her when she does stop.

I also found out that we need to avoid yelling at our cats when they do something wrong. Any form of physical punishment like smacking, scruffing or making aggressive movements is not going to help the situation.

Any of these things will cause her to become fearful and deeply unhappy.

For instance, if kitty comes and plays with ‘birdie’, you can praise her for that, instead of attacking your feet or legs. Equally, if she gets over-excited and starts to bite, try not to smack her or speak unkindly, instead put her on the floor away from you. Ignore her.

Create A Stimulating Environment

A great solution to these problems is prevention. A lot of cats misbehave out of boredom. So, to avoid a bored and cranky kitty, think about what you can do to entertain her. Here are some suggestions I’ve found work well:

Cat scratching pole: Sisal covered, of various designs including apex, tree-trunk, ladder, and platform.

Catch the birdie: A lightweight rod with a length of elastic and something fluttery tied to the end. Your cat will love this toy as you’ll have to wave the ‘birdie’ around for her. Purrfect.

kitten playing with toys
Jungle-gym: These interactive frames are great, they’re like a castle just for your cat. Many have different levels, tunnels, climbing poles or ladders, and a variety of bedding options. Look for ones with sisal scratching areas, and carpeted beds.

Cat toys: One of my kitty’s favorites is his donut, it’s a hollow round tube shaped like a donut, and has a ball that whizzes around inside. There are also balls, catnip mice or other animals, stuffed toys, and many others.

Cat Exercise Wheel: These are great for indoor cats. Having an exercise wheel will give your cat the opportunity to go for long walks or runs. It can be a great play area for them as well. If you’re interested in making one for yourself, I created a DIY guide on how to build an exercise wheel.

Play Prevents Bad Behavior
As mentioned above, providing a stimulating environment is a great way to prevent bad behavior. Another complementary way to encourage good behavior is to personally engage more with your cat in a playful manner.

Having a daily play session is one of the best ways you can encourage the behavior you want, and discourage the undesirable.

So, next time kitty takes a flying leap at your feet, remember to shoo her away, but then play with her. After all, she could just want some time with her favorite human.

Positive Rewards Are More Important
This is the bit I love, being able to spoil my cat and endear myself to him while I’m at it. One way I do this is when he comes for a cuddle in the evening is to give him a few of his favorite treats.

hugging a cat
I only give them to him when his behavior is good, never at any other time. That way the treats remain special, and he wants them.

Knowing my cat, I also know he loves to be fussed when he comes inside. So, I use this opportunity to encourage him to not scratch or bite and to heap praise on him through affection.

When training, and when you discipline your cat, it’s a fact that you’re going to have to do this more than once. We make jokes about cats being genius’, but it’s unlikely they’ll grasp what you’re teaching them the first time.

So, be prepared to have to repeat yourself… many times. It might be frustrating for you, but in the interests of your relationship with your cat, do persevere, it’ll be worth it in the end!

Should You Use A Water Spray Bottle?
This form of discipline has drawn a degree of discussion over whether or not it’s a suitable way to reprimand your cat.

Some feel it’s too harsh and will harm your relationship. Others feel it’s an effective form of stopping your kitty from misbehaving.

I have used this method for deterring my cat from getting on the kitchen counters. I didn’t want to be spraying those surfaces with cat pheromones or leaving pepper or vinegar sprays on them.

Having said that, I’ve also had a cat that likes water, so squirting him was utterly pointless.

However, what you should never do is to continue squirting water at your cat. This will become quite scary to them, and again like any form of prolonged punishment, it will damage your relationship with your cat and could make things much worse.

Avoid The Following:
Physical Contact.

Whilst as a kitten their mother may have scruffed them for bad behavior, adult cats are another matter.

As a full-grown cat with a bigger body mass, being grabbed by the neck fur can be a painful experience, which damages the relationship between you and your cat. It may even make the situation worse.

Where it was once thought to be a sign of relaxation, it’s now believed that the slumped position cats make when scruffed may actually be paralysis based on fear.

Instead, if you have to physically restrain your cat, I’d suggest placing a blanket or towel over them, which will help you scoop them up without causing fear to your cat.

kitten wrapped in towel
Don’t Be Inconsistent
Once you’ve established the rules of your domain, you have to keep them. Set and defend your boundaries, or you’ll find your furry friend is going to push them, and you.

So, firstly decide what is and what is not acceptable behavior, and what method you’re going to use to discipline your cat. Second, each time that line is crossed, you must follow through.

Why? Because every time you don’t, you weaken your argument, and you show Ms. Cat that it doesn’t matter if she mauls you or not.

Is It Possible To Train Your Cat
A lot of people think that cats cannot be trained because of their personalities. After all they’re a cat, which means they will refuse to conform to your behavioral expectations right? Wrong!

Cats, as you know, are highly intelligent, and are capable of understanding a variety of words, actions, and reading body language. What they are also experts in is manipulation; they know how to play you to their best interests.

Remember, stand firm and lead the way by setting clear expectations of what is acceptable.

Conclusion On How To Discipline A Cat
So, to summarize, yes you can discipline your cat, and you may very well need to. An unruly cat is not a pleasant housemate for anyone, and should not be something to be endured.

As for how you discipline kitty, well you have options; loud shakers or rattling noises, whistling, clapping, waving your arms around are all ways to discourage their actions.

For persistent naughtiness, you can always put them in the kitty-corner, a secure room where she’s safe but means she’s ignored by you.

Most popular cat breeds in 2020 in US

Here we are answering a very popular question: what is the most popular cat in America?

Our researches give us the list of top 10 popular cats breeds below:

Cats Ragdoll

are rather kind, loyal, and very smart creatures that get along well in a family of any size. They are happy to be involved in playing and entertainment, retaining playfulness in adulthood.

Females are noticeably smaller than males, this breed is distinguished by a large physique and the correct shape of the muzzle.  Ears are medium in size, the neck is short, the tail is long and fluffy, the legs are also long and strong. Besides all this, Ragdoll retains the elegance of the lines and does not look heavy. There are many varieties of colors, with various impregnations and shades. Life expectancy is 15 years.

Maine Coon

has the typically curious nature of a cat. He is sociable but does not need attention, and if you want to spend time with him, he will only be happy.

He likes to have fun with smart toys, watch birds from the window and can learn to walk on a leash. Maine Coon is a very good choice for those who travel often and want their buddy to be always there. Maine Coon can adapt to any type of environment in any climate. He easily accepts the cold and life on the street. It gets rather well with dogs and cats of other breeds.

Maine Coon is an extremely large cat. Males of this breed weigh 6-10 kg, and females 4-7 kg. The height of adults can vary from 25 to 41 cm, and they can reach a length of up to 120 cm, including the tail, which can be up to 36 cm in length.

 The Persian cat,

also known as the Persian Longhair, is an elegant, graceful, delicate breed, the most distinctive features of which are its remarkable coat and its unique head.

A Persian cat can weigh from 3 to 8 kg, its height is about 25 – 38 cm. The average life expectancy is 15 years or more.

Persians are gentle, calm cats who like a serene atmosphere, and people who treat them kindly. For this reason, they are not recommended for noisy families, although they can be excellent companions for the elderly or single people and do not mind being alone from time to time.

Exotic cat breed Exotic cats

If you come home from work and want to relax near the TV in a soft armchair with a gentle cat on your lap – this is ideal.

Externally, exotic shorthair resembles a little teddy bear. The body is compact, the legs are not very long, strong, the tail is short. The neck is also short, the head is rounded, the muzzle is flat. There are many color options – from plain to tortoise, which provides greater freedom of choice.

Initially, the breed was bred by lovers of Persian cats, who, at the same time, wanted to get a pet with the same characteristics, with the same head structure and flat muzzle, but without long hair. This would greatly simplify the care, in addition, thanks to a completely different wool texture, such cats would have their own, unique aesthetics.

Siamese cats Siamese cat

is one of the oldest breeds that appeared in Thailand, which was previously called Siam, hence the name of the breed.

Siamese cat is one of the most recognizable breeds with its beautiful blue eyes and a specific color. These are extremely balanced cats that boast a sporty, flexible body and elegant, thin legs.

Males weigh from 4 to 7 kg and a height of 29-31 cm, and females weighing 3 to 5 kg and a height of 27 to 31 cm. They live about 12-15 years, although some of them are known to have exceeded this period.

 The American Shorthair

cat breed combines the best features of domestic cats – kindness, affection, patience, and love for people. They are quite smart, not aggressive, and not vindictive, strongly attached to their masters, and feel their emotional state. These cats will be happy to spend time with both an adult and a child, while at the same time maintaining independence.

American shorthair can be called large pets – adult males weigh 5-7 kg on average, females about 4 kg. The legs are muscular, the muzzle is wedge-shaped, the ears are of medium length. There are many different colors of this breed, from plain to tabby and tortoiseshell. The average life expectancy is 16 years, but can reach up to 20 or more – these cats are real long-livers.

abyssinian cats Most Abyssinian

adult cats have a medium-sized body, but they tend to be a little more “muscular” compared to other cat breeds of a similar shape and size. The weight of adults can reach 3-6 kg, and height from 28 to 32 cm.

Abyssinians are very smart, love to play, and interact with people. They will enjoy watching you read a book, watch TV or cook something in the kitchen. They will also look at the birds through the window with enthusiasm, so think about the opportunity.

The cat is perfect for the home with children, as well as with other animals, including dogs. The average life expectancy of an Abyssinian cat is between 12 and 16 years when properly cared for.

Birman cat breed Birman

cat is medium in size and usually weighs around 3-4 kg. They have a strong, muscular physique, legs of medium length, and medium-sized ears, regular triangular shape. The muzzle is wedge-shaped, the eyes are blue and expressive. The average life expectancy is 12-15 years.

This cat breed cat is very human-oriented and has great affection for members of his family and owner, which, first of all, manifests itself in behavior. A cat just loves being with his beloved person, regardless of his current activities. In other words, if you lay down to rest, eat, work, talk on the phone – it doesn’t matter. Your pet, in any case, will try to be, if not in your arms, then just next to you, in the same room.

sphinx cat breed Sphinxes

– perhaps the most legendary of all hairless breeds, which is associated with the duration of its existence, and this, for a minute, more than 50 years. The appearance of an alien guest, combined with a beautiful, loving character – these are the main features of these animals.

The Canadian Sphinx is active, playful, and will try to participate in all household chores. It is not recommended to leave him alone for a long time, so when you go on vacation it is better to take your pet with you. Even if you leave him with friends, he will miss and yearn for you. The Canadian Sphinx treats children well, and normally perceives strangers.