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How To Discourage Kitty's Bad Behavior

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Training a cat is a simple part of rewarding good behavior and discouraging the bad. Here are some simple tips for the latter.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: varies

Here's How:

  1. The noisy can trick: Remove the lid from an aluminum can and put in half a dozen pennies. Secure the lid and shake the can when he's naughty.
  2. Use citrus scent; cats hate it. Spray around areas where cats misbehave, or scatter orange and lemon peels around.
  3. The spray bottle trick: Fill a plant mister bottle with water. Spray it at the cat when you catch him being bad. Do not spray directly in the face, and do not drench the cat. A quick spray is all that's necessary.
  4. Double-sided sticky tape applied in areas where your cat is being naughty will discourage him from that area.
  5. Aluminum foil placed in strategic places such as counter tops may keep your cat from jumping up.
  6. Red pepper sprinkled around a flower bed is said to keep neighborhood cats away. So does citrus peels.
  7. Bitter apple, found in pet stores, is a nasty-tasting substance. Applied on plants or other areas where kitty chews and shouldn't, will break that habit quickly.
  8. If kitty becomes too rough in a play session, yell, 'ouch' and walk away. He will soon connect his roughness with the curtailment of an enjoyable play session.
  9. 'Time out' works for kittens as well as kids. If he's playing too rough, gently but firmly put him in another room and close the door. Let him out in about 20 minutes.
  10. "Scruffing," a method borrowed from mother cats works well for quickly squelching aggressive behavior. Firmly grasp the scruff of the neck and push the cat downwards to the floor while saying "no!" (Never pick a cat up by the scruff of the neck.)

Tips:

  1. Consistency and repetition are keys to success. Be sure everyone in your family knows the 'rules' and follows them consistently. Kitty will soon learn them too.
  2. Don't ever strike or shake a cat in anger. It will only teach him that you're a bigger bully and will lead to more aggression. For the same reason, don't 'drown' him with the water spray, either.

What You Need

  • Small spray bottle
  • Aluminum can and coins

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