8-tips-for-cat -learning-the -house-rules
8-tips-for-cat -learning-the -house-rules

8 Tips for CAT LEARNING THE HOUSE RULES

1-PREVENTING SCRATCHING
Cats have scent glands in their paws, and in
nature they use scratching as a way of marking
their territory. 
preventing-scratching
preventing-scratching
However, in the home, this natural instinct can turn into undesirable behavior when cats
scratch furniture and curtains.
 Prevent this from happening by channeling your cat’s desire to scratch toward a
well-positioned scratching post. Keeping your cat’s claws trimmed also helps.
*NIP IT IN THE BUD
If your cat is clawing at a table leg or sofa, cover the part of the
furniture that your cat wants to scratch with plastic, then place
a scratching post next to it
2-DEALING WITH STRAYING
The main step to prevent your cat from straying is having it neutered. This will help curb its territorial roaming instincts. In addition, be sure to provide your cat with a safe and inviting a home environment that it will want to return to again and again. Make sure it has enough food and plenty of mental and physical stimulation. Finally, keep your cat indoors after dark. * QUIET TIME A chaotic household might lead a cat to seek peace and solitude elsewhere. Create a quiet area for your cat within the house. *FOOD-SEEKING MISSION Some straying behavior is related to the need for food. Make sure you give your cat enough to eat.
8 Tips for CAT learning  THE HOUSE RULES
The main step to prevent your cat from straying is having it neutered. This will help curb its territorial roaming instincts. In addition, be sure to provide your cat with a safe and inviting
a home environment that it will want to return to again and again. Make sure it has enough food and plenty of mental and physical stimulation. Finally, keep your cat indoors after dark.
* QUIET TIME
A chaotic household might lead a cat to seek peace and solitude elsewhere. Create a quiet area for your cat within the house.
*FOOD-SEEKING MISSION
Some straying behavior is related to the need for food.
Make sure you give your cat enough to eat.
3-THE HUNTING INSTINCT
Cats are fearsome predators, and the hunting instinct is ingrained deep within them. Even domestic cats, which do not have to worry about their next meal, enjoy hunting. For these well-fed cats, hunting is more about the thrill of the chase. This is one theory for why cats play with their prey before killing it. *PATIENT HUNTERS Hidden in the tall grass, this cat waits patiently for some unsuspecting prey to cross its path. * STALKING When a cat spots its prey, it approaches slowly, lowering its entire body into a distinctive gait before pouncing.
8 Tips for CAT learning  THE HOUSE RULES
Cats are fearsome predators, and the hunting
instinct is ingrained deep within them. Even domestic cats, which do not have to worry about their next meal, enjoy
hunting. For these well-fed cats, hunting is more about the thrill of the chase. This is one theory for why cats play with their prey before killing it.
*PATIENT HUNTERS
Hidden in the tall grass, this cat waits patiently for some unsuspecting prey to cross its path.
* STALKING
When a cat spots its prey, it approaches slowly, lowering its entire body into a distinctive gait before pouncing.
4- REWARDING GOOD BEHAVIOR
Cats respond better to rewards than discipline. Rather than reprimanding your cat for unwanted behavior like scratching the sofa, give it a cuddle or food treat every time it uses the scratching post. Be sure to provide the reward right after the cat displays good behavior, so it will associate the two. *FAVORITE TREAT Some cats enjoy food treats. For others, soothing words, a stroke or a vigorous play session are better rewards.
8 Tips for CAT learning  THE HOUSE RULES
Cats respond better to rewards than discipline. Rather than reprimanding your cat for unwanted behavior like scratching
the sofa, give it a cuddle or food treat every time it uses the scratching post. Be sure to provide the reward right after the cat displays good behavior so it will associate the two.
*FAVORITE TREAT
Some cats enjoy food treats. For others, soothing words, a stroke or a vigorous play session are better rewards.
5- SPRAYING
Like scratching, spraying urine is a way for cats to mark territory. Normally, cats feel secure enough in their home not to display this behavior. However, at times of increased stress—the arrival of a new kitten, for example—a cat (usually male) might spray around the house. Prevent spraying by learning the telltale signs. If your cat still sprays, clean up the affected area with disinfectant to remove the odor. *ABOUT TO SPRAY Backing up against the chair, this cat is about to spray: its hind legs are on tiptoes, and its tail is raised and quivering.
8 Tips for CAT learning  THE HOUSE RULES
Like scratching, spraying urine is a way for cats to mark
territory. Normally, cats feel secure enough in their home not to display this behavior. However, at times of
increased stress—the arrival of a new kitten, for example—a cat (usually male) might spray around the house. Prevent spraying by learning the telltale signs. If your cat still sprays, clean up the affected area with disinfectant to remove the odor.
*ABOUT TO SPRAY
Backing up against the chair, this cat is about to spray: its hind legs are on tiptoes, and its tail is raised and quivering.
6- UNWANTED PRESENTS
If your cat is allowed to go out, chances are it will return one day with a little gift for you—a mouse, a bird, or a little frog, often dead, but sometimes alive. As disgusting as this behavior might seem to you, it is important not to reprimand your cat. This gesture is meant out of love, possibly as your cat’s humble contribution to the family table. Instead, praise it for its superior hunting skills, then dispose of the prey quickly while your cat is not looking. *PROUD PROVIDER This cat gives its offering of a dead mouse the way a mother cat presents her kittens with prey. It is a cat’s way of showing love and to nurture its human family.
8 Tips for CAT learning  THE HOUSE RULES
If your cat is allowed to go out, chances are it will return one day with a little gift for you—a mouse, a bird, or a little frog, often dead, but sometimes alive. As disgusting as this behavior might seem to you, it is important not to reprimand your cat. This gesture is meant out of love, possibly as your cat’s humble contribution to the family table. Instead, praise it for its superior hunting skills, then dispose of the prey quickly while your cat is not looking.
*PROUD PROVIDER
This cat gives its offering of a dead mouse the way
a mother cat presents her kittens with prey. It is a cat’s way of showing love and to nurture its human family.
7- FIRST TIME OUTSIDE
Make sure your cat is confident in the home before letting it out for the first time, and when you do, supervise its first few trips outside. Open the door, step into the yard, and call it gently, maybe waving a feather-stick toy to encourage it to come out. Do not force your cat outside; it will go when it feels ready. *NERVOUS CAT Cats like being in control of their territory, so being faced with a vast expanse of outdoor space might be daunting at first. They may display fearful behavior, slinking around very close to the ground. *EXPLORING Cats are natural-born explorers, and the nooks and crannies in your yard will provide them with hours of fun.
8 Tips for CAT learning  THE HOUSE RULES
before letting it out for the first time, and when you do, supervise its first few trips outside. Open the door, step
into the yard, and call it gently, maybe waving a feather-stick toy to encourage it to come out. Do not force your cat outside; it will go when it feels ready.
*NERVOUS CAT
Cats like being in control of their territory, so being faced with a vast expanse of outdoor space might be daunting at first. They may display fearful behavior, slinking around very close to the ground.
*EXPLORING
Cats are natural-born explorers, and the nooks and crannies in
your yard will provide them with hours of fun.
8- IN OR OUT AT NIGHT?
The days of putting the cutout for the night are gone. At nighttime, your cat is more likely to be involved in a fight with another cat or with other predators. In addition, despite there being less traffic at night, it is often faster, representing a serious danger for your cat. For its own safety, keep your cat in after dark. The local wildlife will also benefit from your cat is kept indoors at night. *DARKNESS IS NO DETERRENT With their incredible night vision, cats will still happily venture out after dusk. But many owners prefer to keep their pet in at night.
8 Tips for CAT learning  THE HOUSE RULES
The days of putting the cutout for the night are gone. At nighttime, your cat is more likely to be involved in a fight with another cat or with other predators. In addition, despite there being less traffic at night, it is often faster, representing a serious danger for your cat. For its own safety, keep your cat in after dark. The local wildlife will also benefit from your cat
is kept indoors at night.
*DARKNESS IS NO DETERRENT
With their incredible night vision, cats will still
happily venture out after dusk. But many
owners prefer to keep their pet in at night.