Saturday, July 06, 2013
Problem cats - or cat problems - are always a result of something human-gone-wrong.
That means it is up to us to fix it so we don't have to give up on our beloved pets
and send them away like it was their fault.
But first, we must understand the three most common mistakes people make with their cats.
Mistake No. 1 - Cats don't get even. They don't plot revenge against you. If you believe they do, then you're still viewing animals from the human perspective. To build a lasting and useful bond with a pet, it helps to see things as they do, from their angle.
Mistake No.2 - Blaming the cat for not using the litter box. Cats know how to use a litter box, even if they've never seen one before. If you think you need to train your kitten to use one, it's not exactly a waste of time, but it's unnecessary. Usually the mother cat takes care of this training, but if you've acquired a kitten before she had the chance to teach this habit, all you need to do is show the little one where the box is and maybe put him or her in it the first time so they can feel the sand. They get the idea.
Still, if a cat is not using the box, there are many things you can do to keep your cat from "thinking outside the box." Read my article on the 20 most common reasons a cat won't use their box: http://www.theproblemcat.com/articles/elimination.html
Mistake No. 3 - Cats are not aloof. Well, they can be if they need to be. Usually, this
behavior is simply "cats being cautious." If you lived with an unpredictable giant, you might walk carefully and quietly through the room with one eye out for unpleasant surprises, too.
Expecting your cat to adore you before he has good reason to do so is about building a relationship that is based on trust, not on how well you can force obedience.
Check out The Problem Cat and click the link to my book, How to Make Your Cat Adore You. Also, you may find the answers to some of your questions by just exploring the pages at the web site.