To help deter the scratching of
your favorite piece of furniture, consider using sticky tape. Place double-sided
sticky tape to all areas of the furniture that your cat is scratching. Your
cat will find the tape displeasing to her paws and refrain from scratching
this area. Be sure to provide a scratching post or board for your cat.
Mother cats who are litter-trained frequently
train their kittens. Keep a litter pan in a secluded area, like the bathroom
or basement. Make sure it is an area that is always accessible to the cat.
Place the kitten in the litter after meals, after periods of energetic play,
after long naps, first thing in the morning, and last thing at night. Be
consistent in taking the kitten to the litter pan during the training period.
If you catch the kitten making a mistake, firmly, but gently, place her
in the litter pan. Kittens do not respond well to punishment. Do not scold
the kitten after a mistake has been made. The kitten will not associate
the scolding with the act. Wash and deodorize the soiled area so the kitten
will not return to it.
Citrus odor in lemon furniture polish is
usually offensive to cats. This polish, applied to wood on furniture, frequently
discourages the cat from climbing or sleeping on the furniture that is "off
Thinking about getting another cat so your
pet won't be lonely? It's possible that your good intentions won't work
out like you planned. The arrival of a new cat can turn a one-cat household
upside-down. One reason for this is that cats fall into two distinct personality
groups: the outgoing cat and the defensive cat. The defensive cat is usually
OK with the owner, heads under the bed when company comes. If the new cat
is an outgoing cat, there's a possibility the owner finds himself preferring
the newcomer to the defensive cat. An outgoing cat can also terrorize a
defensive cat. Since cats are solitary by nature, most don't actually need
feline company. In addition, many cats who are house pets match their awake
and active periods to times the owner is home. But if you're still seeking
a playmate for your solitary cat, make sure your new arrival is compatible.
Is your cat constantly jumping up on your kitchen
counter tops? Try temporarily applying double-sided tape to the edges of
the counter. Cats dislike the sticky feeling on their paws. An alternative
is to purchase a mat made for keeping cats off counters. It is plastic
mat that emits a small static shock when touched.
In a multiple cat household you should have
one more litter box than the number of cats. For example, if you have 2 cats,
you should have 3 boxes. This will help deal with territorial issues and
may aid in preventing inappropriate elimination.
Have you ever noticed how interested your cat is
in everything that goes on outside? A basket that hooks to the window sill
or a perch will allow your cat the perfect perspective to follow what goes
on outside. An ideal location would be in full view of a bird feeder. This
provides hours of stimulating entertainment for your cat.
Do you have territorial disputes in your multiple
cat household? Does the weakest one of the group have difficulty accessing
the food, water and litter box without being antagonized? Consider installing
a cat door to one of the rooms of the home. Controlled by magnetic collars,
these doors are normally installed in an exterior door of the home to allow
the pet to go in and out at will, while keeping wild life out. They can
work great in the home to help deal with territorial issues and protect the
It is important that you scoop your cat's litter
box on a daily basis. Cats are finicky about their personal hygiene and
may refuse to use a box that is very soiled. On a weekly basis wash the
box and completely replace the litter. also Beware of a sudden change in
the type of cat litter you provide for your cat. Many cats have a distinct
preference for the first type of litter they were exposed to as kittens.
Abrupt changes may confuse your cat and could create a litter box aversion.
Is your cat wreaking havoc on your living room, leaping
from the top of the book shelf and swinging from the drapes? You may be
able to curb this behavior by providing an alternative. You can purchase
or build cat perches of varying heights, ideally carpeted with built-in rope
scratching posts. Most cats will preferentially climb these structures.
Is your cat waking up earlier and earlier every day
to be fed? If you oblige your cat, you are reinforcing this behavior. Consider
keeping the bedroom off-limits for your feline friend. After a few mornings
of noise outside your door, your cat will learn that she can no longer
set the feeding schedule.
Cats like to eat grass from time to time. Some believe
that it is because they have an upset stomach and are trying to induce vomiting.
This is not likely the case. Many cats seem to enjoy the taste of grass,
but grass tends to get hung up in the back of the throat and esophagus, triggering
a gag reflex.