Cats make wonderful pets, but to many cat owners, they feel more like their cat owns them. Unlike dogs, it is hard to teach cats good behaviors when they are bad.
Cats are highly intelligent, but difficult to train due to their deep sense of independence.
Also, their eyes are drawn to any kind of motion which easily distracts them. Due to their sensitivity to their environment, cats are easily distracted thus the reason why they are so hard to train.
If you are trying to train your cat, keep distractions to a minimum. Turn off the TV, radio or any other device that may make a noise. It is best to work in a room that is quiet and has limited opportunities for distraction. But, most of all, be patient.
Mature male cats will often urinate around the walls of their homes, marking their territory with their urine. This is an instinctive behavior and the best way to avoid it is to have your male cat neutered before he is sexually mature. Once a male cat begins marking, neutering will not change the behavior.
The biggest complaint most owners have is the inappropriate scratching. Provide your cat with a scratching post and toys to distract it from your furniture. If the cat continues to scratch your furniture, try spraying a deterrent spray on the area. These sprays can be purchased at any pet store.
Luckily, bad cat behavior is not so pervasive or intense. What we think of as bad behavior are really normal natural cat behaviors. It’s just that we keep them inside most of the time and these natural, instinctive behaviors become a nuisance. But with the solutions mentioned above, these ‘bad’ behaviors can be curtailed.