cats are accomplished at training themselves but when your house cat
develops negative behaviors you will need to have a plan. Be sure to
choose a name for your domestic house cat as soon as possible. Call your
cat by name when it is walking toward you, when you feed it, and when
your greet your domestic house cat first thing in the morning. Once the
cat has learned to recognize it's name, you can begin to use a few
simple one word commands. Commands such as "NO", "DOWN", and "OUT" will
be understood by your house cat when used in a consistent manner and
said in a firm voice. Always reward your domestic house cat with praise
and affection, along with an occasional treat. Never inflict pain on
your domestic house cat, especially when trying to train the cat.
For negative behavior such clawing furniture or climbing curtains, you
may want to have some supplies readily available to distract your cat. A
plant sprayer filled with water is a simple way to get instant results
from your house cat. Whatever the cat is doing when he is misted with
water, he will quickly stop. You may also try tossing a small beanbag
near the domestic house cat when he is displaying negative behavior.
Traps can be set for your cat when you are away. If your cat keeps
getting into the laundry leave an overfilled water balloon under a shirt
in the basket, and when the cat inadvertently pops the balloon he will
be quick to leave the area. To keep cats from digging up your house
plants, add mothballs to the soil. The smell will guarantee the safety
of your plants.
Cats are natural hunters and may bring home some dead mice or birds. Do
not attempt to discipline your domestic house cat for this behavior,
since it will not do any good and will only confuse the cat. Instead
show no emotion at all and dispose of the body when the cat is not
around. Some domestic house cats love to suck wool. In some Siamese cats
this is an inherited tendency, while some cats may suck wool as a sign
they were weaned too early from their mothers. Try peppering your wool
items or adding other scents that your cat does not like to keep them
away from the wool.
Litter training your cat: Domestic house cats are innately trained to
use a litter box and most prefer the box to be placed in a quiet,
private area. Young cats should be placed in the litter box after eating
and a few times throughout the day and they will quickly learn to use
the box on their own. For cats who have done their business outside of
the box, try placing aluminum foil where the cat did his business. Cats
do not like walking on foil and your domestic house cat will soon return
to the litter box.