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6 Cat Education Mistakes You Should Avoid


Your cat is jumping around on the dining table, scratching the wallpaper and gnawing on your shoelaces? Cat education is not always the easiest thing in the world - but certain mistakes can be avoided. Here you will find six typical mistakes in the education of our beloved house tigers. "I couldn't do that? Last time it wasn't a problem for you!" - Cat education requires consistency and not contradictions - Shutterstock / Irina Kozorog

Cats have their own heads and usually do what they like. Still, it's important that they don't dance around on your nose all day. A velvet paw should know what it can and cannot do. Important to know: No cat is interested in deliberately driving you to the palm and no cat does something out of malice - the mistakes are in cat education.

1. Shout at the cat

The cat's hearing is extremely sensitive, so loud noises can sometimes be really painful for the fur noses. Therefore, you should never yell at your cat, even if it has done something. If you come home in the evening, find a broken vase and yell at your kitty about it, your outburst of rage probably won't connect you to the accident anyway, it's just confused and scared.

2. Be violent

Violence is never a solution, both in cat education and in relation to dealing with living things. The relationship between a violent person and his furry fur would be permanently disturbed and apart from that, you would be guilty of cruelty to animals. Brutality and violence are taboo.

3. Inconsistently educate

Set goals at the beginning of the cat's education and set up rules that you will then follow throughout. If you allow your cat to jump on the dining table in one day but otherwise prohibit it, you will no longer understand the prohibition. However, it may be that your smart velvet paw hops onto the dining table every now and then, when no one is looking, because she has noticed that she only hears a "No" if someone catches her on the table; as long as she's not caught, it's fine. Nevertheless, stay consistent, maybe one day it will be fruitful - otherwise your cat will educate you not to leave anything on the table that is not intended for you. And that's something.

4. Wrong timing

Regardless of whether you punish or reward - make sure that you do this in good time or immediately after the situation. For example, if you want to teach your cat to go to the litter box and it does so successfully, there is no point in giving it praise or a treat until minutes after doing business - it may not connect the business with the reward. You should treat penalties as sparingly as possible; Violence and screaming are taboo, water splashes and loud noises are borderline. The best thing to do is to say "no" consistently, possibly interrupting the cheeky kitty with unwanted behavior and ignoring her. For example, if she bites while playing, stop raging immediately, put the rascal on the floor and ignore it.

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5. Annoy the cat

Cats are sensitive and withdraw from time to time to have their rest. If your velvet paw doesn't feel like cuddling or playing, you should always accept this and don't urge them to do anything. Do not disturb your cat when eating - usually cats want to do this in the same way as dogs do. Frequent disturbances cause stress and unsettling your Schnufelschnute in the long run. In the worst case, this can lead to fear or behavior problems.

6. Be impatient

Patience is an important building block in successful cat education. For example, if you want to teach your cat something, don't overwhelm or rush her. If something doesn't work right away, give her time and just try again the next day.