Punishing your cat: 4 mistakes not to make

To live in harmony with your pet, it is essential to go through the education box, even if it is a cat, an animal known to remain a little wild, and that whatever its age. The temptation always exists to eat the fish waste left on the plate or to play with the strip of toilet paper which is agitated in the draft … You will therefore inevitably be confronted with incidents, of more or less magnitude. important. However, if you are convinced that it is necessary to react, you do not necessarily know how. Also, we present to you the 4 big mistakes not to make when you have to punish your cat.

Mistake # 1: typing your cat

It is not giving in to the mechanisms of anthropomorphism to say that we must not inflict physical violence on an animal that we ourselves cannot bear. A cat exposed to blows, regardless of the cause, is a cat traumatized.

As humans, we make the link between the stupidity that the cat has committed and the slap that we inflict on it: it is a punishment, the negative consequence of a forbidden act which has nevertheless been committed. For the animal, it is more complicated. The impact of physical violence prevents him from making the connection to anything. He only retains violence and develops mistrust of the person who makes him suffer it. This won’t even prevent her from starting over and the bonds with you are loosening: typing her cat is absolutely revealed. counter productive.

The little slap on the truffle still appears too often as a punishment mentioned on many sites. It must be understood that by doing this, you are not educating your cat, you are only hurting him. Another misconception that dies hard is the effectiveness of tackling the kitten to the ground to punish it and make it understand that it is not necessary to do it again. Why ? Because it is presented in a way that only makes sense. You are usually told that this is an adopted behavior by the kitten’s mother when the child behaved inappropriately, hurt his mother or one of the siblings, for example. She pushes her baby to the ground and bites him. This is done in an instinctive and controlled manner. And if the mother does, there’s nothing wrong with reproducing her behavior, right?

We make two arguments against this. The first is that what the cat accepts from its mother, it does not accept from another cat. So why would he accept it from a human, even be his master? The second argument is that you are not a cat mom. Which means that you don’t know how to balance your gesture to act in the same proportions as the mother does.

You may be faced with a similar gesture from your cat: while you play, it places its paw at the level of your wrist to press the arm towards the ground, or on the ankle with this same movement towards the ground , all in you biting. He reproduces his mother’s gesture to let you know that he has played enough with you and that it is time to stop.

Mistake # 2: screaming at your cat

We must not lose sight of the fact that your dear feline, however domesticated he may be, has retained his hunting skills and instincts. Its hearing is notably more sensitive than ours because it is vital for it to perceive all kinds of sounds in order to properly locate its prey. He is of course capable of filtering but his hearing remains very developed. Even when he is sleeping his attention is always on the who lives.

You understand then that sudden and loud noises have a tenfold effect on the cat. That’s why they generally hate loud music, hubbub, very high-pitched sounds produced by electrical devices like televisions, which we don’t even hear.

Also, yelling from you is seen as signs of aggression, just like physical violence.

Mistake # 3: Waiting Too Long To Punish Your Cat

To effectively correct your cat, it must be taken on the spot. Animals are certainly not devoid of memory, but their behavior, considered problematic in response to a need to be satisfied, will certainly not be associated with a ban if your reaction comes late, disconnected from the act itself. If you see him slashing the curtains or peeing on the carpet, you have to react instantly. If you are not present, all you have to do is wait for the next time and watch for him. Because for the animal to integrate the prohibition, it simply has to be stop to commit the forbidden.

At the moment, you must interrupt him by diverting his attention, by clapping your hands for example. Then you follow with a firmly pronounced NO in the tone of discontent, or a PSCHHH which will ring unpleasantly in his ears. The effect will most often be immediate. If not, you take it firmly and set it aside, again saying NO.

Any reaction disconnected from the realization of stupidity will only be perceived as aggression. However, inappropriate reactions only have the consequence of reinforcing in the cat behavioral disturbances, the very ones that we judge as nonsense.

Even if the cat turns away at the first reaction from you, it doesn’t say that it won’t do it again. The education of a pet is a work of patience and you will have to signify the prohibition several times so that it is finally integrated by the animal.

Mistake # 4: overinterpreting the meaning of stupidity

Our human brain forges relationships between events in a way that is unique to us and totally foreign to cats. We are able to explain their behavior by evoking a feeling of revenge or jealousy, to make sense of what we see, when this is rarely the case.

Most often the cat is simply suffering, in a more or less pronounced way (stress, boredom …), and his nature means that he can only express it through his behavior. The cause of “bad” behavior may be that its environment does not meet its needs. If it doesn’t have a tree to scratch, then where can the animal scratch?

Cats exhibit many behaviors that are quite natural and instinctive to them that we find bothersome. Problems appear regularly because cohabitation with them requires accepting the animal in its singularity. This certainly does not mean that you have to accept just anything from your cat. The best attitude you can adopt is to understand his deep cat nature and identify the elements that characterize his personality. From there, you will have the means to identify the origin of the behavior problems posed by your cat, and consequently to bring a concrete and effective solution.