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How To Discipline A Cat

How To Discipline A Cat

Pets can be a sweet company until they get to your nerves the wrong way. Your cat may decide to pee or poop at every wrong place in the house including the couch, carpet while you have provided necessities for the same at their convenience. If your cat messes this way, its time you disciplined him before he disgraces you in full glare from your visitors.

Best practices for disciplining your pet excludes hitting him. The idea is encouraging good behavior from the pet not punishing. Hitting a pet could result in unforeseen repercussions. Being violent on a pet could make it equally hostile to you. This could lead to a cat biting you or the cat scratching you in defense. cat bites are as lethal as cat scratches and such could be avoided easily by treating the pet humanely. Your cat or cat can have award-winning behavior through disciplining. Pet disciplining takes many forms as we shall see including training them.

Begin on the right 'paw'

Disciplining a pet should begin on the right foot, hmm… yeah, paw; you guessed right. The two of you start to nurture a bond. Remember that you are in charge of the process so don’t hesitate to be creative. You are better placed in reasoning than your pet in growing the friendship bond. The pet can perceive hostility towards her as well as friendship action towards them. For every action, there is always a reaction which means they will give back in kind.

There are many forms of disciplining your four-legged friend. Majority of professionals will recommend training the cat to understand the human language and our way of life. Others are for the conventional methods like working with a reward system where you feed the cat with its favorite piece when it behaves well and consequently denying it when it messes up stuff. Arguing which could be the best method could be a shouting competition since the best method depends on you, the pet owner. The pet owner decides on what choice suits them best based on their priorities that’s why we present them all for you to get the idea. You’re not alone though since we also recommend the best suited according to various situations.

Creative ways to discipline your furry friends include:

  • Raising your voice on the pet while it’s misbehaving.
  • Show less attention when they misbehave.
  • Withdrawing their favorite toys when they misbehave.
  • Reward with a favorite piece when they are well behaved.
  • Positive (constructive) obedience punishment.
  • Hiring professional trainers.

All the above recommendations are expounded below.

Raising your voice on the pet is a tested and proven method. Cats are fast learners and understand human language fast. This method works best when you have named the pet. The pet should also have recognized their name by repeatedly referring them by it. The method then applies by raising your voice when the pet is doing wrong. The pet will leave the activity immediately in response. If it works, congrats! Your pet has learned your language. This method is preferred to hitting your pet for correction.

Attention

Denying pet attention when it misbehaves is an effective method. The trick is in the timing. The moment you miss on the timing the method loses its effectiveness to a large extent. Cats are social and as a result demand for attention from their guardians. The method’s effectiveness also counts on the amount of attention one gives to their pet. If the bond between the two of you is notable, the pet will notice the withdrawal of attention. The method thus works by giving them attention when they behave well and consequently withdrawing it when they misbehave.

Favorite Toys

Cats are playful beings and may have favorite toys. Their favorite toys are a powerful tool that could help discipline them appropriately. The method works best when toys are priory introduced to the pet. When the pet misbehaves, the toy is withdrawn and vice versa. Discovering their favorite toy means that they have several toys and one has taken time to notice the prominent one.

Rewarding Theory

Almost all the non-physical methods of disciplining a pet are based on the rewarding theory. It involves rewarding the pet when they are well behaved and denying the reward when they misbehave. The reward used should be a favorite for the pet. Needless to say, the most appropriate reward to use can be a Munch. Their favorite food is the best bait. When caught in the wrong, you can tease them with the food. Make sure they see and smell it but not taste. At approximately around the same time, if the pet acts well give them a bite. This tells them what is right and wrong helping you inculcate discipline in them.

Spanking

Spanking a cat can either be positive or negative. There is a thin line in-between the two and thus hitting a pet is generally discouraged. The relationship between the pet and the one spanking it is vital otherwise the spanking loses meaning. The pet should be corrected by someone close to it especially the one who feeds it. Otherwise, cats are fast learners and can discern between correction and abuse.

Trainers

Hiring a professional trainer is recommended especially when the owner doesn’t have enough time to train the pet themselves. Note that we recommend that you do it yourself to learn the ropes too. Note also that these professional trainers go through what we recommend in this piece and nothing extraordinary. Better still, you can purchase a trained pet or present your pet for training. The trainers could also have an upper hand in skills since they have the experience and could make your pet receptive to more language than you could ever do. However, we still recommend doing it yourself ideally if you are on a budget. It could take time and be tedious but the results make it worthwhile.

How to Punish a Cat Correctly

When a cat is cheeky, they need correction immediately to minimize repetition. Many methods are suggested including some physical while others involve playing around with their psychology. Just like the majority of trainers confirmed to us, we recommend a mix of the two. Minimal spanking of your pet complemented by the rewarding methods explained in detail above hastens learning. Training your pet might turn out to be playful jokes to your pet and end up being a waste of precious time. A little spanking could help to register seriousness to the pet.

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Do Cats Get Lonely?

Your furry friend counts on you for companionship and emotional support. Pets too have feelings and show frustrations when denied attention. Pets should not be left unattended for extended periods. Leaving them alone in the car or locked in the house could frustrate them.

Pets are man’s closest companion. They develop relationships with you and can be worthy companions. These pets could seem to be loners from afar since they sleep lots of the time but when they wake up they are playful and require company. Many people prefer hiring pet sitters or finding another pet when they are unavailable to give the pet company.

Loneliness

Lonely pets can get pretty depressed. Depressed pets show aggression by making suggestive sounds, scratching surfaces, etc... They can also lose appetite, become obese due to excessive eating and minimal movements while in depression. Prolonged periods of inactivity nor mental stimulation could worsen depression leading to chronic results. Severe depression in cats can injure their physical being leading to the need to see a veterinarian or even the need to administer antidepressant prescription drugs.

Signs Your Cat is Happy

Cats are equally good in showing gratitude. If your pet takes off speedily when they see you, think again, you are mistreating them. Needless to emphasize that pets too have rights that should not be infringed upon. A happy pet loves your company and is elated to see you every time. Happiness can’t be faked for long by pets leave alone humans. A happy pet is generally clean without fleas, full in the stomach, playful due to worthy company, and has enough rest when need be among other comforter measures.

How to Tell If Your Cat is Pregnant

Your Cat requires special care while pregnant and noticing this the earlier the better for you and the cat too. Signs to look for in a pregnant Cats includes:

Nipples discolor and enlarge

You will notice her nipples get bigger and also change color. This occurs early after conception although it’s easy to notice if you are close enough to your pet. The nipples turn a darker shade of red than usual. This darker intensity in color shows an increase in the blood flow. In the late stages of pregnancy, the nipples might begin dripping some milk.

Nesting Attitude

Your cat begins creating a nest for her and the oncoming little ones. The cat develops irritability and it’s prudent to keep the distance she so desires. Keep children away from her because she is not in that playful mood anymore.

Less Playful

She might be the industrious one and you could see her activity diminish if she is pregnant. She would rather spend time sleeping than playing or running with the kids around the compound. She will also get exhausted easily after little activity. These could also be symptoms of illness so it’s prudent that you observe her more closely to determine what’s up.

Abdomen Swells and Increased Weight

The little ones will grow and the abdomen swells increasingly as the pregnancy grows. The swelling of the abdomen seems to be almost an obvious sign of pregnancy but beware of other causes like bloating and worms infestation.

Appetite Fluctuations

The second half of pregnancy makes cats increase appetite significantly while low appetite might be observed in the early days. She might also vomit occasionally in the first half which is the equal of ‘morning sickness’ in humans.

My Cat losing Hair Diagnosis

Some cats, for instance, the Birman and the Chinese crested breeds have lots of hair. However, Cats lose hair for a variety of reasons. Some cases of hair loss may be complex demanding a vet’s attention while on the contrary, your cat could be having the usual seasonal shedding. Your cat could also have a parasites infestation hence her bald spots. Below are some of the most common reasons for hair loss:

Allergic Reactions

Just like humans, your hairy friends could have allergic reactions to the environment, food, or a parasite. Parasites cause itching of the skin hence rapid scratching of the pet on its skin which results in hair falling off. Environmental allergic triggers like pollen grains would have allergic effects on some cats hence causing hair loss. Some breeds of cats and cats are allergic to a variety of reasons hence it’s advisable to research your breed of cat or cat to determine if they are allergic to either certain environments or foods.

Cushing's Disease

This skin condition is caused by the adrenal glands having generating cortisol in excess. It’s common in Dachshunds, Spitz (American Eskimo), Poodles and Terrier breeds. Common symptoms include increased urination, excessive panting, restlessness, and irritability. Seeing a vet soon enough is recommended for specialized attention.

Vaccination or Drugs Reactions

Some cats could have hair loss as a result of some form of medications such as chemotherapy medicine, certain vaccines, some injections, etc. some could have been administered in excessive proportions than recommended. This requires urgent professionals’ attention to correct before it’s too late.

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