You love your cats and want to pamper him all the time. However, they still tend to misbehave and spoil everything in your house despite how many times you yelled at him.
Do you know that an obedient cat not only keeps everything in your house (including you and your kids) safe but is also definitely much more adorable? Yes. But you fail all the time when you try to set up discipline in your house.
Now you are here in this article to learn how to discipline a cat in the most effective ways.
Let’s take a look and see what magic would happen to your family!
A comprehensive guide on “How to discipline a cat without hitting”
Recently, many people ask me several questions about different cases such as “how to discipline a cat for peeing on the floor”; “how to discipline a cat that poops on the floor”; “how to discipline a cat that bites”, etc.
So, the bad news is that a cat can behave badly in many situations. But the good news is, for most cases, you just need to understand only one thing.
First of all, I will share the fundamental knowledge with you so that you should understand what will take effect on your cat’s behaviors.
Researchers have pointed out that a cat’s nature is responding to positive reinforcement as they love to be recognized and cared for.
The most appropriate method to train a cat is praising or rewarding him for good behaviors and ignoring or withdrawing him from bad practices.
Whatever you want to teach your fur friends, all of the training rules are based on this basic grasp.
Now, we will go into some common cases as examples:
How to discipline a cat for biting or scratching
Cats that bite or scratch are among the most popular situations. It is not rare to see naughty cats do so; sometimes, they even do these to their loving owners.
Though learning how to discipline a cat that bites or scratches can be useful for most cat owners, not everybody has the key.
Step #1: Reacting calmly to Bites and Scratches
Do not become angry and punish your fur friends for hurting you or damaging things. I can say that punishment in these situations will only cause your cat confused and nervous.
Step #2: Get out of the situation
You should keep a safe distance from your cats. Wait until the little babies calm down before taking any further action.
After a few minutes, when your fur babies cool off, sending them your displeasure signals to let them know they are extremely wrong.
Step #3: Give the cat some free space
Do not try to cuddle or feed them just before or after they bite/scratch because this may lead to mixed signals. As a result, the cats become confused and even perceive that they are doing well.
Try not to get closed to your cat or block his way, too.
Step #4: Try both vocal and body language
Say “NO!” loudly in a forceful tone as soon as the cat bites or scratches. At the same time, point your finger at the cat and stare at him directly with an intense look. Stares are recognized in the world of cats as a threat of dominance.
You can also try to ignore the cat for about 10-15 minutes as an additional punishment. This method works best on affectionate cats that fear to be lonely and need attention.
Bonus: For aggressive cats, you can try clapping your hands together or tap on other things such as a wall or a chair…This action means you are striking anything else as an exemplary punishment. However, do not apply this to shy and coward cats, it can make the situation worse.
You can give the cat some toys to play with instead of biting or scratching people and furniture in both cases.
How to discipline a cat for peeing or pooping
Step #1: Check if it is not your cat’s fault
Make sure that the litter box is always clean and convenient enough for all of your cats. (suitable sand, box’s size, box position in the house,…)
Assure that your cat is not sick or stressful, too.
These factors are very important as cats are very sensitive.
Step #2: Use the right way to treat your cat
Instead of yelling, use soft, soothing tones when speaking to your cat.
When he pees or poops in the litter box, give him positive signals. Praise and cuddle your cat to make him associate the happy feeling with using his box. This is very important and works well.
Remember that: Never use physical force or putting cats in a cage as punishment!
How to discipline a deaf cat
Of course, it is much harder to teach cats that can not hear, for both you and your fur friends.
In this case, you need support from other cats in your family, non-verbal languages or training tools.
Way #1: You can indirectly teach the deaf cats by teaching other normal cats, which is based on the guide above.
Way #2: Try to communicate with your cats with hand signals or other signals. You can search for common and easy signal languages on the Internet or create your very own codes.
Way #3: There are not many training devices for a deaf cat. The most common one is a training clicker. This tool can be very helpful and easy to use. (you can search how to use a clicker to train cat on YouTube)
In general, when your cats behave badly, they may be just overly playful, or they have not been taught about manner yet. However, it can also because your cats feel sick, stressed or painful, etc.
Then you need to find the reasons and the cures for them or act suitably rather than hitting cats as punishment. Finally, after my guide, you must have acquired comprehensive knowledge about how to discipline a cat in popular situations. In other cases, you can try to use different methods based on what you have learned from this article.