Annoying Cat Behaviors And How To Correct Them

Annoying Cat Behaviors And How To Correct Them

Without a doubt, cats are adorably cute and curious balls of fur. They are mysterious, fluffy, snuggly, and mischievous. Even though you like everything about your kitty, there are times when she can, well, get on your nerves. Besides how aloof cats can be, they also have all the ingredients right to make their human parent annoyed, either by scratching the furniture, rolling over a clean bed sheet, or avoiding the litter box altogether.

While you may walk the wire for your feline baby, your kitty's annoying behavior needs corrections.

Here in this article, we shall together walk through some of the most common and annoying cat behaviors and how to correct them.

  • Scratching

Many cat parents complain about how their kitty has destroyed the sofa and the walls. It almost seems they do this out of rage or to annoy their human parents. Just that they do it so convincingly, they don't mean to upset you, but they do this to play, mark their territory, or channelize their energy. Pets like cats and dogs have a lot of energy stored in them, and they find ways to utilize it; sadly, most of them are destructive. Cats also scratch their claws against the couch or anything to unravel the edges of their nails.

What you can do-

- Trim your kitty's nails regularly. However, your first few attempts of trimming her nails can be similar to nightmares, but once you know how to cut them right, you should be fine.

- Get your kitty a cat tree or scratching post. To keep her interest on the post for long, allure your kitty with some catnip dabbed on to the scratch post.

- Cover the sofa edges with a blanket to protect them from the kitty claws

  • Rolling over clean clothes

Cats are clean by nature and like comfort. They can't resist a clean pile of laundry that looks so inviting to them. If you are a cat owner, this must be a daily affair at your home. Unlike dogs, who adores dirty laundry, cats find clean clothes comfortable and will end up taking a nap over them. Another reason being, cats love warm spaces, and since clothes are just from the dryer, they remain warm and make a perfect place for your cat to nap. Trying to move her off the clothes is plain laborious.

What you can do-

Install baby gates wherever you don't want your cat to invade. Surprisingly cats invade places, especially where they are not allowed to go, and it's hard to keep them off such areas. But baby gates should work the trick and protect the fresh laundry from your kitty. But we should not forget that kitties are natural ace climbers and have all the possibilities to pass the gates. However, you can still give it a try.

  • Jumping on tables

Imagine having your guests at the dining table, and from nowhere, your kitty jumps on the table, embarrassing you. It can be relatable to most cat parents if you haven't shut your cat in a different room. With our without guests, cats climbing on the table and counters can be annoying and unhygienic for you don't know where those paws have been to. Cats like observing, and if your table or dining allows beautiful views of the outside world, definitely your kitty is going to claim it. Besides, your kitty might as well want to have a close look at what's for lunch!

What you can do-

Make the dining table and counter less attractive for your cat by removing food items and keeping a minimalistic look. If you can arrange, get a table or something with the same height as the counter and place it near a window from where your cat has seen outside. Or maybe arrange some window space with a cushion and a small rug for her to roll on and enjoy the view through the window.

You can also use catnip and dash in on anything where you want your cat to resort instead of the table or counter.

But your cat can still come to the dining table to have a close look at the menu; you can move her to a different room while you have your food. No matter how much you love your kitty, these nasty acts will turn into compulsive behavior and will become hard to control if not take care of on time.

  • Cat avoiding her litter box

It is not that difficult to housetrain a kitty. Show the cat her litter box, and she knows what's expected of her. But if your cat has stopped using the litter box altogether, there can be other problems, such as a dirty litter box. Cats are fastidious by nature and very particular when it comes to cleanliness.

What you can do-

Make sure you keep her litter box clean by scooping it every day. If you have more than one kitty, each kitty should have at least 1 litter box.

See that the litter box is not placed in too much height and is kept clean; private Cats will never poop in the open. The litter box should be spacious enough for her to poop comfortably.

  • Rough nibbling

Usually, kitten nibbles are soft, and they do this to play or express interest in you. But a full-grown cat nibbling on your fingers can sometimes hurt, and the cat can become quite rough. A grown cat will nibble when she wants to play with you or possibly when she is bored being lonely.

What you can do-

When your cat starts nibbling at you, divert her attention from your finger on to a different thing, say, a toy. Twitch or shake the toy to attract her attention; she'll leave your finger and grab the toy.

  • Constant meowing

While cats purring is the cutest thing ever, a kitty meowing constantly can seriously annoy anyone. Besides the fact that her meowing has a message for you, like your cat might be hungry and asking for food, has her favorite toy tug under the sofa, is having a troubled stomach, or maybe she wants you to shut down the laptop and pay attention to her. Cats are natural attention seekers and will everything to get the attention of their favorite hooman.

What you can do-

Apply the reward technique here. When she is a good girl, sitting quietly, reward her with a treat. Ignore her if she is meowing for no reason and only turn to her when she stops meowing. Once she stops, reward her again. If she goes on her extreme meowing or yowling for everything and anything, hand her over what she needs only when she stops yowling or meowing. It is the best thing to do and correct your cat's behavior.

  • Active all night

Cats are night creatures and, unlike dogs, likes hunting or hanging around on the cabinets at night—no wonder why cat owners can't have a good night's sleep. If your cat is active all night, it not only disturbs your sleep but also has a risk of causing damage to the hangings on the ceiling or anything breakable.

What you can do-

Cut back on her sleeping hours during the day—cats like lazing and sleeping all day long. If your cat is a walker, you can leash her for a walk or make her play active games. Such activities will make her tired, and she will be dozed off during the night and wake up fresh in the morning.

At night when your cat is napping, place a bowl of water, a litter box, and some of her favorite toys. So even if she wakes up during the night, she'll have everything within reach and wouldn't stroll around the house.

Your cat likes your attention more than anything, and indeed they deserve it all. But seeking attention inappropriately will lead to behavioral issues in your feline baby. It is essential to understand what is expected and what is getting out of hand to rule out what needs to be ruled out. Apply these tips to see changes in your cat's annoying behaviors. Should you consult us for more help, do not hesitate.

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