How to punish your cat intelligently and effectively?

 How to punish your cat intelligently and effectively?

How to punish your cat intelligently and effectively?

We often hear that a cat does not educate itself... However, when it exceeds the limits, it may be necessary to scold it so that it does not happen again. How to react when you discover that your cat has made a mistake, or when you catch him in the act? Is it useful to punish him, and how?

Punishment by violence is of course totally prohibited, especially since it will bring nothing to your animal in terms of education. To reprimand a cat effectively, you have to be smarter than him! Here are some tips on the right reflexes to have.

Should you punish your cat?

If the word "punishment" has a negative connotation, reprimands are nevertheless sometimes necessary. The cat can learn by imitation, as it does with its mother; it is therefore above all the rewards that will make it possible to advance in one's education. Before punishing a cat for its bad deeds, encourage the good ones first, and that should start early. For example, when a kitten is in its litter box, do not hesitate to pet it and congratulate it to show it that it has done well.

When he is somewhere else in the house, first start by asking yourself why. A cat is not dirty for pleasure and always has a reason not to use its litter box, especially if it is too dirty or placed in an unsuitable place. On the other hand, for big nonsense like theft, you have to find a way to make him understand that you don't appreciate his attitude and adopt strategies and behaviors to dissuade him.

Never hit or shout

Subtlety is required to punish a cat without traumatizing it. You should never punish your cat by direct contact, especially not with your hand. Yelling loudly at him will not be effective either, because he will not understand this aggressive attitude and will not make the connection with his actions. Raising your voice is often enough to interrupt stupidity. Keep in mind that a cat never acts out of bad intentions and that it considers normal the acts that you deem prohibited.

On the other hand, a common mistake made with kittens is to get them used to play with their hands: by doing this, you are giving them permission to bite and scratch. Hands should be associated with gentleness and benevolent and legitimate authority, not an object of struggle or play. If you want to play with it, use toys such as string, cork, paper ball ...

How to scold your cat?

Putting him in an uncomfortable situation or scaring him briefly are the best options for punishing a cat. If you catch him in the act, it's entirely possible to scold his cat with a firm "NO" by raising your voice. Another crucial element is that the punishments must absolutely be given at the right time: a few minutes later, he will have already forgotten and will be unable to make the connection between the reprimand and what he did. Thus, when a cat has peed somewhere, it is completely useless to stick your nose in it to punish it, because the action has already passed. The only way to punish him effectively is to catch him in the act, even if it means hiding and falling on him at the time of the unwanted behavior, if possible in the first seconds.

Among the effective punishments, you can clap your hands or scare him with a "Pschhh!".

Some punishment ideas

It is easy to frighten a cat by noise: by crumpling a plastic bag, by snapping a dish towel, by clapping its hands, etc. It is also possible to throw a non-dangerous object, a small ball for example, and accompany this with a "NO" or a "Pschitt!". Another effective option is the water jet or air-jet technique, using a water gun or bicycle pump. Each time you catch your cat in the act, renew the punishment and you will see that it will quickly recognize the object used and run away! For more efficiency, make sure to surprise him and "pop up" to reinforce the reprimand. Be consistent and wait for repetition to take effect. And if the damage is already done,

Deterrent methods

As said above, punishment after the fact will have no effect on your cat. It is therefore by using dissuasive methods upstream that you will be able to solve the problem in the long term. Homemade cat repellents, based on vinegar, lemon, or essential oils, will preserve your interior without the need to resort to punishment. Likewise, if your cat is a thief, the best way to deal with it is not to leave any food lying around. If he opens the cupboards, find a way to block the doors, etc. You can also prevent him from getting on the table by lowering him each time, with a calm but firm gesture, until he gets tired.

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