Punishment causes cats to be stressed, can escalate behaviors, weakens the bonds between cats and their people and cause other unwanted behaviors. Cats aren’t being bad when they do behaviors that aren’t appreciated. They are instinctually responding to something in their environment, a situation or a medical problem.
Keep your resident cat’s interests in mind when adding a cat to the household. Search for a cat who is similar in age and energy level to your cat. Also, your resident cat and potential adoptees should have histories of integrating successfully with other cats.
I have started a weekly feature on the home page of my Cat Coach site. It is called Cat Bits & Bytes. In theory, I will be posting a cat behavior tip every week on the home page. The older cat tips will be moved to a separate page, so they won’t be lost forever when they are replaced each week with a new tip.
So far I’ve posted one tip. With a little bit of luck I will post a new one every week…. I should be able to do this… Blogging about my new Cat Bits & Bytes tips will hopefully give me the incentive. In theory, I shouldn’t have a problem writing a tip every week since like clockwork, I’ve written one column a week since 2007 for www.catchannel.com. The difference between my new Cat Bits & Bytes tips and my catchannel.com columns is one I’m paid for the other I’m not.
Check it out! The first tip is focusing on a popular subject: Litter Box Maintenance.
In addition to scooping litter boxes ever day, dump the boxes often, wash and refill with fresh litter. How often depends on a couple of factors including the type of litter being used. Some litters absorb more than others. Wheat, corn and pine litters need to be dumped and refilled at least once a week—boxes with clay based litters every 2-4 weeks.